The first Test was a thrilling draw, with India losing by one wicket against New Zealand


  • The final pair of Ejaz Patel and Rachin Ravindra saved New Zealand from defeat
  • Shreyas Iyer Player of the Match, scoring a century in the first innings and a half-century in the second innings
  • Ravindra Jadeja’s four and Ravichandran Ashwin’s three wickets, Akshar and Umesh one-on-one success

The first Test cricket match between India and New Zealand was played in Kanpur. However, the match was thrilling till the final ball in which Ejaz Patel and Rachin Ravindra firmly faced the deadly bowling of Indian spinners in the final overs and deprived Team India of victory. Earlier, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin had brought India close to victory, but their performance did not help the team win. Shreyas Iyer, who scored a century in the first innings and a half-century in the second innings, was declared Player of the Match.

India set a target of 284 against New Zealand. New Zealand’s top order gave Team India a fight back but the New Zealand batsmen could not last long against the deadly bowling of Jadeja and Ashwin. With one wicket after another falling, India came close to victory but could not take the final wicket and the team had to be content with the draw. Against a target of 284, New Zealand scored 165 for 9.
Hardik Pandya’s brother Krunal, playing in poor form, took a big decisionEarlier, India scored 345 in the first innings with the help of Shreyas Iyer’s century and half-centuries from Shubhaman Gill and Ravindra Jadeja. In reply, New Zealand scored 296 in the first innings. Due to which India was able to get the lead. India declared their second innings at 234 for seven and set a target of 284 against New Zealand. In the second innings, Shreyas Iyer scored a half century.

New Zealand’s top order gave the fight
New Zealand lost one wicket by the end of the fourth day against a target of 284 runs. The latter, however, gave a fight to Tom Latham, William Somerville and skipper Ken Williamson. Tom Latham also batted brilliantly in the second innings to score a half-century. He hit 52 off 146 balls with the help of three fours. While Summerville contributed 36 runs. Williamson was able to set up but could not play big innings. He was dismissed for 24 off 112 balls. While opener Will Young was out for two.
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Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin
On the fifth day, the Indian spin duo of Ashwin and Jadeja made a splash. Ashwin made both openers his victims. Jadeja then gave India significant success by assembling the pavilion with experienced dangerous batsmen like Williamson and Ross Taylor. Kyle Jamieson and Tim Southee also struggled in the final overs but Jadeja dismissed them both to lead India to victory. But Ejaz Patel and Rachin Ravindra did not allow India to succeed. Jadeja was quick for four and Ashwin for three. While Akshar Patel and Umesh Yadav had one success each.

Ejaz Patel and Rachin Ravindra deprived India of victory
In the 90th over of New Zealand’s second innings, Ravindra Jadeja lbw out Tim Southee to give India their ninth victory. Then there were Ejaz Patel and Rachin Ravindra at the crease and India needed just one wicket in the next 8 overs. Seeing the bowling of Jadeja and Ashwin, India was on the verge of victory. However, Ejaz and Rachin resolutely faced the Indian bowlers and saved the team from defeat. Ejaz hit two unbeaten runs off 23 balls while Rachin faced 91 balls in which he scored an unbeaten 18 runs.


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