New Zealand‘s wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Blundell was bowled in an unusual way in the second innings of the Kanpur Test versus Test to the bowling of R Ashwin.
Tom Blundell had provided resistance for 37 balls for his 2 runs before he got out in an unlucky manner. It was an off-spinner from Ashwin on the off-stump to which Tom Blundell stretched forward to defence.
But, in doing so, he ends up going across the off-stump with his back leg exposing the stumps. He defended with the inside half of his bat, and the ball headed toward the leg-slip.
However, the ball hit the rough created by the footmarks, and changed its direction, and hit the top of the leg stump, dislodging the bails.
Indian bowlers storm back in Kanpur on Day 5 after a wicketless first session
It was a tough start on Day 5 for the Indian bowlers who would have thought in the morning to nip out the nine remaining Kiwi wickets quickly. However, opener Tom Latham and nightwatchman William Somerville batted brilliantly in the first session, denying the hosts a single wicket before Lunch.
Umesh Yadav ended the 76-run stand, which chewed up 194 balls, on the first ball after Lunch. Somerville couldn’t control his pull shot that was taken by Shubman Gill running in from fine leg.
Skipper Kane Williamson and Latham then frustrated the Indian bowlers for more than 100 balls, before Ashwin, aided by the low bounce in the pitch, found a way to get rid of the left-handed opener.
The floodgates opened then for India to storm in. Ravindra Jadeja trapped Ross Taylor lbw at the stroke of Tea. Post the break, Axar Patel had Henry Nicholls lbw, before Jadeja prized out the big wicket of Kane Williamson, also lbw. An over before the new ball was to be available, Tom Blundell was bowled by Ashwin.
At the time of writing, New Zealand are 143/7 and need to survive 12 more overs.