Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh): Team India managed to take three wickets in the second session on Day 5 of the ongoing first Test against New Zealand here at Green Park, Kanpur on Monday.
At the tea break, New Zealand's score read 125/4 with the visitors still needing 159 runs for the win. Kane Williamson (24*) is currently unbeaten at the crease.
Will Somerville (36) was sent back to the pavilion by Umesh Yadav in the 36th over of the innings and this brought skipper Kane Williamson to the middle. Latham however marched on and he brought up his half-century in the 51st over of the innings.
Latham (52) was bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin in the 55th over and as a result, the off-spinner went past Harbhajan Singh's tally of 417 Test wickets. Ross Taylor (2) also failed to score big, and New Zealand was quickly reduced to 125/4.
New Zealand is chasing a 284-run target in the second innings of the first test against India in Kanpur. After taking a first innings lead of 49 runs, the hosts amassed a total of 234/7 on Day 4 before they declared their second innings.
The Kiwis were 79/1 runs at lunch on the final day at the loss of Will Young's early wicket.
Young has played a brilliant first inning contributing the second-highest runs 89 in the chase of 296, after Tom Latham, who scored 95.
Heading into Day 5 of the ongoing Test against New Zealand, India pacer Umesh Yadav on Monday said that the Indian pacers need to bowl a tad slower on the Kanpur wicket in order to get more swing.
"So far, it has been good. After a long time, I am playing a Test, so it takes time to regain rhythm. I think my body is a little better because we had a four-day camp in Mumbai heading into this series against New Zealand. I feel New Zealand bowlers were trying to swing the ball, and we were trying to hit the deck in the first innings. For the ball to swing more, I feel we need to bowl a tad slower," Umesh said.
Team India bowling coach Paras Mhambrey on Monday said that his side will need to show patience on Day 5 of the ongoing Test against New Zealand here at Green Park.
"Enjoying this new role, this is a great bunch to work with. Looking forward to the challenge ahead. New Zealand bowlers bowled well, they were able to exploit the conditions, they hit the right areas and this is something we can look into. But the surface is different now, it is a new ball, so we look forward to getting more swing and seam out of it," Mhambrey told host broadcaster Star Sports before the start of play on Day 5.
"Patience is going to be the key. It is not that kind of wicket where you turn up and just run through aside. It is not going to happen; we will have to hit the right areas," he added.
At the end of Day 4, India wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha expressed happiness after his breakthrough performance in the ongoing first Test against New Zealand here at Green Park Stadium on Sunday.
India ended day four on a high after half-centuries from Shreyas Iyer and Wriddhiman Saha allowed them to set New Zealand a target of 284 before Ravichandran Ashwin struck late to get the scalp of Will Young. Shreyas Iyer again stole the show in his debut Test match with his knock of 65, helping India in a position of command on day four of the Kanpur Test.
Wriddhiman Saha felt stiffness in his neck while keeping wickets in the ongoing New Zealand second innings, and as a result, he did not take the field on Day 5.
In Saha's absence, Srikar Bharat will don the wicketkeeping gloves. "Wriddhiman Saha felt stiffness in his neck while keeping in the second innings. It was affecting his movement while wicketkeeping. KS Bharat will keep wickets in his absence on Day 5," BCCI tweeted.
India: 345 and 234/7declared vs New Zealand: 296 and 125/4 (Tom Latham 52, Will Somerville 36, Ravichandran Ashwin 2/28).