- Indian team has set a target of 284 runs for New Zealand to win the Kanpur Test.
- In reply, New Zealand have lost one wicket, while there are 4 runs on the scoreboard.
- If New Zealand has to win the match on the 5th day, then 280 runs will have to be scored.
- On the other hand, India need 9 wickets to win the match
India and New Zealand have played 4 days of the first Test in Kanpur. On the 5th day, when New Zealand will come out to bat on the field, then such a target will be waiting, which so far no foreign team has been able to achieve on the Indian pitch in the fourth innings. Shreyas Iyer and Wriddhiman Saha scored half-centuries as India declared their second innings at 234 for 7 on the fourth day on Sunday. This gave New Zealand a target of 284 runs.
Chasing the target, New Zealand scored four for one, losing the wicket of opener Will Young (2). The team needs to score 280 more runs to win on the last day. At the end of the day’s play, opener Tom Latham was playing after scoring two runs while William Somerville, who came as nightwatchman, did not open the account.
That’s why defeat is certain!
Never in the history of Test cricket has a foreign team chasing such a big target on Indian soil. The record is in the name of West Indies, who achieved the target of 276 runs in Delhi in 1987. England is the second team apart from West Indies, which achieved the target of 207 runs in Delhi itself. Barring these two occasions, no team could achieve the target of 200 or more runs.
The situation is against New Zealand
For the visiting team, the figures are not only against, but also the situation is not favorable. The pitch has been a paradise for spinners from the third day onwards. In the first innings, 9 out of 10 New Zealand wickets were in the name of spinners. Axar Patel took 5 wickets, Ravichandran Ashwin 3 and Ravindra Jadeja took one wicket. From this it can be estimated that how difficult it will be for the master Kiwi batsmen to play fast bowling, to face the spinners.
Not impossible to play, but not easy either
It is not impossible to play on the pitch but the Indian spinners are believed to be able to defend the score. Even if the ball is not turning enough, it is expected that a lot of balls will be low.
One wicket has fallen
New Zealand lost the wicket of Young in the third over of the innings, who was leg-before by Ravichandran Ashwin (1 for three). Young decided to take the DRS but by then the 15-second time limit was over and he had to return to the pavilion. Replays showed that the on-field umpire would have had to change his decision if he had decided to take the DRS in time, as the ball was not hitting the stumps.
Delay in taking DRS, will be out
Earlier, after scoring a century in the first innings of his Test debut, Iyer (65 off 125 balls, eight fours, one six) hit a half-century in the second innings under high pressure, becoming the first Indian to achieve the feat. He shared 52 for the sixth wicket with Ravichandran Ashwin (32) and 64 runs for the seventh wicket with Saha (61 not out, 126 balls, four fours, one six). Saha also shared an unbroken 67-run partnership for the eighth wicket with Axar Patel (28 not out). For New Zealand, Kyle Jamieson took 40 wickets while Tim Southee took three wickets for 75 runs.
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