New Zealand pace bowler Tim Southee, who claimed a five-wicket haul in the first innings of the Kanpur Test, maintained his good form and picked up a two-wicket maiden over in the second innings against India as well. With this, Southee also picked up his 50th Test wicket against India after dismissing Mayank Agarwal in the double-wicket maiden over.
After putting up 345 runs in the first innings, Team India restricted New Zealand within 296 runs in their first innings. But the visitors did an excellent job and troubled the host in their second innings. On Day 4 of the Test, India lost early wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara (22) and Ajinkya Rahane (4) as well. Pujara fell to Kyle Jamieson in the 12th over while Ajaz Patel trapped Rahane before the stumps after scoring a boundary in his over as well.
Tim Southee, meanwhile, came to bowl and troubled the Indian batsmen with his outswing deliveries. He dismissed Mayank Agarwal soon after. Ravindra Jadeja, who came to bat after the dismissal of Mayank, failed to score a single run and got out for a duck to Tim Southee in the same over as well.
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In the 20th over of the second innings, Tim Southee bowled an inswinger, and Jadeja tried to play it across the line, and the ball struck on the pads. While the on-field umpire raised his finger and gave him out, Jadeja went for a review. Meanwhile, the review showed that there was no inside edge, and Jadeja got out as well.
After yesterday’s game, Axar Patel said: “It’s a dream start, in fact this is a dream within a dream start for me. No, it (Test cricket) isn’t that easy. Was a hard grind today. They didn’t lose any wickets yesterday and the talk was to keep it tight, don’t try for wickets every ball, just look to be patient. I was sticking to the basics and using the crease a bit. My round-arm deliveries were getting something out of the track and I was optimising that a lot. That’s what worked for me. The track is getting slower and there has been more turn now. Variable bounce is also increasing but still think that runs can be made if the batters apply themselves.”