India stretched their second innings lead to 108 at tea after spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin helped bowl out New Zealand for 262 on the third day of the first Test in Kanpur on Saturday.
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The lead swelled to 215 by the close of play as Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara once again combined for unbeaten century-stand. "The facilities we had were of that kind, so having played on such pitches, I've got an idea of how to bowl, which areas to bowl on, what speed to bowl at". Vijay and Pujara amplified that advantage into an nearly impregnable position. On a sunny day 3 at the Green Park in Kanpur, the Kiwis looked set to take the game to the Indians, possibly to erase the deficit and post a lead for their bowlers.
The left-handed Latham, who added just two runs to his overnight score, was done in by a drifter bowled by Ashwin from around the wicket. Jadeja ended with figures of 5/73 while Ashwin registered 4/73. First, Ashwin struck Latham on the pads, the ideal length accounting for the left-hander from around the stumps.
Six New Zealand batsmen were trapped lbw on the pitch which started to turn a lot more than the first two days.
Four ball later, Ross Taylor was walking back as Jadeja got one to drift in and straighten just enough for the umpire to give another lbw decision.
After that there was no looking back for India as Jadeja ran through the visitor's lower order, taking three wickets in an over to wrap up the innings. Santner wasn't always reading the ball well, but was stout-hearted and willing to stick through the tough periods. But none of the Indian batsmen looked as uncomfortable as New Zealand batsmen did.
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Santner (28) is at the crease with Watling (3) and will resume batting when play resumes. However, the partnership did not last long as Ashwin had Santner caught behind. Five overs before the lunch interval, Ronchi was ruled LBW against Jadeja in the 80th over as New Zealand reached 238 for five at the end of the session.
However, Rohit Sharma got a good company in R Ashwin and the duo 52 runs for the sixth wicket before Sharma was caught by Sodhi off Satner for 35. To pull things back after its rapid collapse, New Zealand needed to make early inroads into the Indian batting line-up.
India's last pair had earlier kept the New Zealand reply waiting. After taking a few overs to get his eye in on a pitch that was already very different to the one he had batted on nearly three days back, Rahul unfurled the full limited-overs repertoire.
After a steady start to India's second innings Rahul started to cut loose, a reverse sweep off Craig (0-48) the pick of his expansive shots.
Murali Vijay and KL Rahul finally managed to stitch together a 50+ partnership for the first wicket.
Murali Vijay (14 not out) and Lokesh Rahul (38) nearly batted out the remainder of the session, before Rahul was dismissed in the last over before tea, caught at slip off Ish Sodhi.
The other instance of this occurring was in 2006 when Rahul Dravid and Wasim Jaffer put on 129 and 167 for the second wicket against England at Nagpur.