IND vs NZ 2021: Twitter Reacts As Axar Patel Puts India On Top At The End Of Day 3
IND vs NZ 2021: Twitter Reacts As Axar Patel Puts India On Top At The End Of Day 3

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 Patel
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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.

Axar Patel and KS Bharat, India

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:

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