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Kanpur Test Day 4: Iyer-Saha give India an edge

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The morning session of Day 4 saw the Kiwi bowlers dominating the Indian batters. India resumed from 14-1 in the morning soon but the top order succumbed to Tim Southee’s prodigious swing bowling. After Jadeja was given leg before wicket off Southee’s delivery, it looked like that the mighty Indian batting unit will collapse like a pack of cards.

Shreyas rescues Team India, after Southee wreck havoc

But debutant Shreyas Iyer the hero of the first innings, became the crisis man for another time as he stitched a valuable 52-run partnership with Ashwin.

After Jamieson struck Ashwin’s wicket, Iyer managed to build another 50 run stand with wicketkeeper-batter Wriddhiman Saha. Saha had sustained a neck injury while keeping but still fought bravely to bail his team out of trouble. Shreyas Iyer hit his maiden fifty and became the 1st Indian batter to have scored a century and half-century in his debut in Tests.

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Iyer slammed 65 runs off 125 deliveries, hammering the Kiwis with 8 fours and a maximum. He had to depart after a short ball from Southee brushed his gloves off to Blundell. Wriddhiman Saha raised his 6th Test fifty as India reached 234 runs for the fall of 7 wickets. Skipper Rahane declared the innings and gave the Kiwis a target of 284 runs in their final innings.

Win-Loss-Draw: Any result possible

For the record, no touring team has ever chased more than 276 runs in 4th innings in India. Blackcaps thus surely will script history if they emerge victorious in Green Park. However, they are off to a shaky start as Will Young perished early after he was adjudged lbw off to Ashwin. Unfortunately, New Zealand could have avoided that blow if Young had referred that decision to the third umpire in time as the ball clearly missed the stumps.

Despite a cracker of a game being a player in Kanpur, the umpiring standards have been terribly low. A large number of decisions were overturned and plenty of erroneous decisions have been made in the past 4 days. BCCI will definitely try to improve the situation so that the scenario turns better in the Mumbai Test.

Brief scores:

India 345 (Shreyas Iyer 105, Shubman Gill 52, Ravindra Jadeja 50; Tim Southee 5-69) and 234/7 declared (Shreyas Iyer 65 W Saha 61*; Kyle Jamieson 3-40, Tim Southee 3-75) lead New Zealand 296 (Tom Latham 95, Will Young 89; Axar Patel 5-62) and 4/1 (R Ashwin 1-3) by 279 runs.

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