Indian left-arm spinner Axar Patel picked up a record fifth five-wicket haul on Day 3 to completely erase the good work put in by the New Zealand openers.
Tom Latham and Will Young carried on from where they left off and brought up the team’s 150 in the first session. Young fell soon after, just eleven runs short of his century. Kane Williamson and Latham took them close to Lunch before Umesh Yadav struck right on the stroke of the break, dismissing the Kiwi skipper.
Axar then wreaked havoc in the second session, running through the middle-order on his way to another five-wicket haul. The tail wagged a bit before Ravichandran Ashwin cleaned up, giving India a valuable 49-run lead on a track that continues deteriorating.
The Indian openers had five overs to negotiate before the end of the day’s play but Kyle Jamieson had no intentions of letting them go unscathed. He bowled a brilliant first ball to Shubman Gill, knocking the stumps off their base to set the Indian team back very early.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Mayank Agarwal survived the rest of the nervy moments to take the hosts to 14/1 at Stumps on Day 3. It was an attritional day of Test cricket, and although Day 3 didn’t keep up with the tag of ‘moving day’, the game is certainly poised on a knife’s edge.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to India vs New Zealand, Day 3:
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) November 27, 2021
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) November 27, 2021
Are you watching @RishabhPant17 the new wicketkeeper #ksbharat is a fantastic wicketkeeper… cement ur position before it’s too late…wicketkeeping position is hotting up with many same young age keepers fighting for it @BCCI
— Samip Rajguru (@samiprajguru) November 27, 2021
Brilliant effort from the Indian bowlers to restrict the Kiwis to 296. Dream run in Tests continues for Axar Patel. 5 Five wicket haul in his first 4 Tests is an extraordinary effort. India need to bat well tomorrow & a lead of 225-250 will be challenging for the Kiwis. #IndvsNZ pic.twitter.com/tLPjDJbKUd
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) November 27, 2021
Most wickets for India in Test cricket:
Kumble – 619
Kapil Dev – 434
Harbhajan – 417
Ashwin – 416
Ashwin is climbing the ladder slowly and moving into the greatness.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) November 27, 2021
— ×͜× monu (@monuu_mn) November 27, 2021
"I am not someone like AB de Villiers, Gayle or Dhoni. I don't have that much power. I have to use my brain to manipulate the field and stick to my strength, which is to hit through the lines"-ROHIT SHARMA
🔥🙈 #RohitSharma #IndianCricketTeam pic.twitter.com/TVHDhfrWE0
— Atharva Deshmukh (@Ro45hitian) November 27, 2021
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) November 27, 2021
Axar Patel in Test cricket:
– 32 wickets in 7 innings with 5 Five Wickets haul and a 4 Wickets Haul.
– Peak consistency and unbelievable numbers by Axar. pic.twitter.com/eIkQA2tRBV
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) November 27, 2021
India did what they do best. Comeback. Superb from Axar. To get 5 with Ash and Jaddu there is terrific. 275 lead and day 5 should be hugely difficult for NZ. #INDvNZ
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) November 27, 2021