IND vs NZ 2021: Twitter Reacts As New Zealand Survive Spin Attack To Draw The First Test Against India
IND vs NZ 2021: Twitter Reacts As New Zealand Survive Spin Attack To Draw The First Test Against India

The New Zealand team earned a hard-fought draw on the final day of the first Test match against India at the Green Park in Kanpur. Ajaz Patel and Rachin Ravindra survived 52 balls in a 10th wicket partnership that snatched a draw from a certain defeat.

Needing 280 runs on the final day, the Kiwis came out with a plan on blocking and playing for a draw. They survived the first session without any loss of wickets as Tom Latham and William Sommerville batted through the entire morning session.

India vs New Zealand
India vs New Zealand (Image: Twitter)

Umesh Yadav struck on the very first ball after lunch when he dismissed Sommerville. Soon after, Latham’s fighting knock also came to an end and India got another wicket in the middle session, that of Ross Taylor on the final ball before Tea.

It was all down to surviving for the Kiwis with their six remaining wickets. The home side managed to firmly wrestle the momentum, however, as a flurry of Kiwi wickets fell in the final hour. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja shared seven wickets between them, doing the bulk of the damage.

KS Bharat, India, New Zealand
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The drama wasn’t over yet. Ravindra, playing his debut Test, joined hands with Ajaz to dig in and managed to bat out the remaining 52 balls before bad light ensured that play ended 10 mins early.

The umpires made regular checks in the last few overs to ensure that the light was fair enough to play, increasing the tension in the arena. The Kiwis were finally able to breathe a sigh of relief when it was confirmed that no more overs could be bowled. The teams now move on to the second Test that will be played in Mumbai.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to the final day of 1st Test between India and New Zealand:

 

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