On day three of the Kanpur Test between India and New Zealand the momentum shifted in favour of the hosts after spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin shared nine wickets between them. New Zealand were bowled out for 262 in their first innings with Jadeja claiming a five-wicket haul. At close of play on day three India, in their second innings were, 159 for one with Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara batting on 64 and 50 respectively. You can watch the full video highlights of Ind vs Nz 1st day three here.
New Zealand resumed the day’s play on 152 for one with Tom Latham and Kane Williamson, the two overnight batsmen at the crease. Indian spinners breached early to put New Zealand on the back foot. Ashwin first struck by removing Latham (58). The left-hander was trapped leg before. In next four overs, New Zealand lost two more wickets. While Jadeja removed Ross Taylor for a duck Ashwin sent back well settled Williamson (70). At fall of captain’s wicket New Zealand score read 170 for four. Also Check- India vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 3- As it Happened
Luke Ronchi and Mitchell Santner then steadied the Kiwi innings somewhat with 49-run stand for the fifth wicket. Ronchi was the aggressive of the two as he counter attacked Indian spinners. With things going New Zealand’s way, Jadeja struck against the run of play to remove Ronchi (38). The right-hander went for a sweep shot, but missed the line of the ball to be adjudged lbw. However TV replays suggested the ball could have drifted down the leg side. CATCH: India Vs New Zealand 1st Test Scorecard
It was then over to Santner and BJ Watling who managed to add 36 runs for the sixth wicket before Santner (32) was caught behind. Things changed drastically for New Zealand when in 95th over Jadeja picked three wickets to sink the visitors from 258/6 to 258/9. Jadeja removed Mark Craig (2) and Ish Sodhi (0) on back to back deliveries and then one ball later accounted for Trent Boult’s (0) wicket as well to complete his five-wicket haul.
The last pair of Watling (21) and Niel Wagner (0*) managed to add just four runs before Ashwin caught the former off his own bowling as his fourth victim. With New Zealand innings ending on 262, India secured a valuable lead of 56 runs. Jadeja ended with figures of 5/73 while Ashwin registered 4/73.
India then responded positively losing just one wicket in 47 overs. KL Rahul (38) after adding 52 runs for the opening wicket with Vijay was dismissed in the last over before tea break. Vijay and Pujara then continued and registered second consecutive half-centuries in the match respectively. Sodhi was the lone successful bowler for Kiwis on day three.