India in command after Patel's five-for against NZ

By: AFP      Published: 06:29 PM, 27 Nov, 2021
India in command after Patel's five-for against NZ
India's Axar Patel (C) walks back to the pavilion along with his teammates during innings break on the third day of the first Test. AFP

India finished day three of the first Test against New Zealand in a commanding position after Axar Patel's five-for wrapped up the Kiwi first innings at 296 Saturday in reply to the hosts' 345.

At the close India were 14-1, leading the Black Caps by 63 runs in their second innings with opener Shubman Gill bowled by Kyle Jamieson for one before bad light stopped play after five overs.

Mayank Agarwal on four and Cheteshwar Pujara on nine will start the innings Sunday as the hosts look to put the first of two Tests out of reach on an increasingly tricky wicket.

Earlier Patel and the other Indian spinners -- Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja -- clawed India back in the last two sessions on Saturday after a strong New Zealand start.

The visitors were 249-6 at tea and the three spinners finished the Kiwi innings within 47 runs after the break.

Left-arm spinner Patel bowled Southee for five to complete his five-for.

Patel said he had been using the crease well on the pitch which is "slowing up even further".

"Today (it) was even slower than the first two days, though it was turning more. It is difficult, but you can survive here with caution," he said after play.

Ashwin took the last two wickets of the innings to finish his 42.3-over spell giving away 82 runs for three scalps.

Jamieson was caught off Ashwin for 23 and William Somerville was clean bowled by the offspinner to end the Black Caps' innings.

Ashwin and Patel denied centuries to the Kiwi openers -- Tom Latham and Will Young -- who closed the day on Friday at 129 for zero.

Latham was stumped by substitute wicketkeeper K.S. Bharat off Patel's bowling for a grinding 95 off 282 balls.

Young, who shared a 151-run opening stand with Latham, fell 11 short off his maiden international century after edging Ashwin to Bharat.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson fell leg-before to pacer Umesh Yadav for 18 just before lunch, leaving the visitors on 197-2.

India's spinners, especially Patel and Ashwin, then looked more potent on the third-day wicket with the second new ball, bowling tight lines and offering little to the batters.

Ross Taylor survived a missed stumping by K.S. Bharat off Axar before edging the same bowler to the substitute wicketkeeper a few overs later, departing for 11.

Henry Nicholls was given leg-before to Patel for two and Latham fell for 95. Jadeja bowled debutant Rachin Ravindra for 13.

Jadeja bowled 33 overs for 57 runs and Patel, India's most effective spinner, bowled 34 overs for 62 runs and five wickets.

Yadav, who took India's second new ball with Patel, bowled 18 overs for 50 runs and Williamson's wicket.

SCOREBOARD

India 1st innings: 345 all out (Shreyas Iyer 105, Southee 5-69)

New Zealand 1st innings (overnight 129-0)

Tom Latham         st sub (K.S. Bharat) b Patel      95

Will Young         c  sub (K.S. Bharat) b Ashwin     89

Kane Williamson    lbw b Yadav                       18

Ross Taylor        c sub (K.S. Bharat) b Patel       11

Henry Nicholls     lbw Patel                          2

Tom Blundell       b Patel                           13

Rachin Ravindra    b Jadeja                          13

Kyle Jamieson      c Patel b Ashwin                  23

Tim Southee        b Patel                            5

William Somerville b Ashwin                           6

Ajaz Patel         not out                            5

Extras: (b 6, lb 4, nb 5, w 1)                       16

Total:  (all out, 142.3 overs)                      296

Fall of wickets: 1-151 (Young), 2-197 (Williamson), 3-214 (Taylor), 4-218 (Nicholls), 5-227 (Latham), 6-241 (Rachin), 7-258 (Blundell), 8-270 (Southee), 9-284 (Jamieson), 10-296 (Somerville)

Bowling: Ishant Sharma 15-5-35-0 (nb4), Umesh Yadav 18-3-50-1, Ravichandran Ashwin 42.3-10-82-3 (wd 1), Ravindra Jadeja 33-10-57-1 (nb1), Axar Patel 34-6-62-5

India 2nd innings

Mayank Agarwal        not out        4

Shubman Gill          b Jamieson     1

Cheteshwar Pujara     not out        9

Extras:                              0

Total: (one wicket, five overs)      14

Yet to bat: Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma

Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Gill)

Bowling: Tim Southee 2-1-2-0, Kyle Jamieson 2-0-8-1, Ajaz Patel 1-0-4-0

Toss: India

Umpires: Nitin Menon (IND), Virender Sharma (IND)

TV umpire: Anil Chaudhary (IND)

Match referee: Javagal Srinath (IND)

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