India vs New Zealand Highlights, 1st Test Day 3 Stumps: IND leads NZ by 63 runs with nine wickets in hand

India vs New Zealand, 1st Test Day 3: Get the highlights and commentary from Day 3 of the first Test between India and New Zealand from Kanpur.


Axar Patel picked his fifth fifer in seven innings on the second day of the first Test between India and New Zealand in Kanpur on Saturday.   -  SPORTZPICS

Welcome to Sportstar's Highlights of Day 3 of the first Test match between India and New Zealand from the Green Park International Stadium in Kanpur.



We have a great Test on our hands as India came back hard to bundle out New Zealand for 296, taking four wickets for 47 runs in the final session to seize a 49-run lead. Axar Patel claimed yet another fifer - his fifth in seven Test innings - before Ashwin wrapped up the tail to bag three wickets. After a placid second day where spinners found little purchase off the pitch, the rough patches, puffs of dust and abysmal bounce finally came into play to set up a spectacle of Indian spin bowling. However, the host ended the day on a sour note with opener Shubman Gill perishing to Kyle Jamieson in the second over before poor light curtailed play once again.

Bad light comes into play again and the umpires call  off play.

IND 14/1 in 5 overs: Four runs from that first over of spin from Ajaz.

IND 10/1 in 4 overs: FOUR off the last ball as Pujara plays with soft hands and runs it off the edge to wide third man. Earlier in the over he was comprehensively beaten by Jamieson, playing across the wrong line and almost chopping on.

IND 6/1 in 3 overs: Maiden over as Southee bowls a good length around off stump to Mayank.

IND 6/1 in 2 overs: Jamieson from the other end. Over the wicket to Gill. OUT! Bowled first ball of the over. 50 Test wickets for Jamieson. It nipped in a bit and beat Gill who left a big gap between bat and pad. Pujara is the new man in. FOUR! Lucky boundary. A short of length ball that rose awkwardly to Pujara's gloves. He guided it late to the rope at backward point.

IND 2/0 in 1 over: Southee to Mayank first ball and it moves away. Mayank guides it past point for a single. Gill pushes to cover on a fullish length and he is off the mark with a single. Beaten! Angled in off a good length and leaves Mayank. Pushed to cover to end the over.



NZ 296 ALL OUT IN 142.3 OVERS: OUT! Ashwin knocks Somerville over. Went for an expansive sweep and missed. Ashwin hit! Three wickets for him.

That spun and bounced! Fullish on off stump and it turns into Somerville and bounces over the wickets to run away for a couple of byes. NZ 293/9 in 141 overs.

Umesh with the ball. What could be the thought process behind this? Why not continue with your ace spinner. Ajaz looks comfortable against Umesh. FOUR! Pulled away to the square leg boundary. NZ 290/9 in 140 overs.

OUT! Jamieson holes out. Ashwin tossed it up outside off, enticing Jamieson to go big, and he obliged. Didn't get all of it and almost sliced it to Axar at mid wicket.

Sharp turn for Ashwin after drinks and it goes off Somerville's pad to forward short leg. NZ 284/8 in 137 overs.

DRINKS BREAK. 282/8 in 136 overs. Jamieson and Blundell are eking out crucial runs and chipping away at the deficit. The partnership is worth 12 runs now and Jamieson is looking confident.

NZ 280/8 in 134 overs: A quick one from Axar that skids onto Jamieson's pads but he backed away a little on leg side so it would be missing the stumps.

Ashwin replaces Jadeja. Three singles from that over and NZ moves on to 279 for 8 in 133 overs.

Axar continues and beats Somerville outside off and runs away to the boundary for four byes. He persists with a full length, probably trying to draw the drive. NZ 276/8 in 132 overs. 

Jadeja eyes the good length area. Jamieson goes aerial for a single before Somerville defends the rest of the over. NZ 271/8 in 131 overs.

Two straight maiden overs from Jadeja and Axar. NZ 270/8 in 130 overs.

Southee steps out to Axar this time and smashes it for a four past mid on. OUT! Bowled next ball and fifer for Axar. It angled into Southee and spun a bit to beat him. NZ 270/8 in 128 overs.

Southee works a full length outside off to mid one for a single and he is off the mark.

NZ 264/7 in 126 overs: Finally some authority from the batters as Jamieson launches Axar over mid on for a boundary. NZ 259/7 in 125 overs: Southee comes in at No. 9. Defends five consecutive balls off Jadeja.

OUT! Castled! Blundell departs. Stayed very low and skidded from a full length on off stump. Axar gets his fourth. NZ 258/7 in 124 overs.

NZ 254/6 in 122 overs: Wary start to the third session by the Kiwis and understandably so. Just five runs from the first four overs with Jadeja and Axar attacking in tandem.


TEA DAY 3 - NZ 249/6 IN 118 OVERS

Axar Patel leads India's fightback with three wickets in the session to put New Zealand on the backfoot. The spinners have been spot on, keeping it slower in the air than yesterday and hitting the roughs on the pitch. However, heart goes out to Latham, who missed out on a much-deserved hundred, falling for 95 to Axar. New Zealand still trails by 96 runs and its tail is a wicket away from being exposed. Session goes to India, with four wickets falling for just 52 runs. Will India bowl the Kiwis out by Stumps? Let's find out in the final session which begins at 2:35 PM IST.

Last over before Tea.

Jadeja continues. Comes over the wicket to Blundell. Just one from it as Blundell edges the last ball for one.

Just one run from the following two overs. Jadeja runs through his maiden over and Ishant just concedes one from his. NZ 245/6 in 116 overs. 

Ishant replaces Ashwin. No-ball straightaway. India reviews for LBW! It looked better in real-time. It was missing leg by a distance and now India is left with just one review. NZ 244/6 in 114 overs.

Ashwin ends his over with a ripper. Turns away from the right-hander Jamieson from round the wicket and beats his outside edge, almost taking his off stump along the way. NZ 242/6 in 112 overs.

OUT! Bowled him! This one turned in from outside off and was pitched perfectly to tempt the drive at a vacant cover. Ravindra obliged, was beaten for the spin and it speared through his defence and onto the stumps. NZ 241/6 in 111 overs.

NZ 240/5 in 110 overs: Six runs from that Ashwin over, including a four at deep square leg for Ravindra. He moves to 13 of 20 balls and has looked impressive in trying conditions.

Loud appeal for LBW as Ashwin spins it into Blundell. It looks straight but replay confirms it was going way over leg stump. Good on Rahane not to review.

Meanwhile, Ravindra strikes his first boundary in Test cricket with a drive at mid off that purrs all the way to the rope. Jadeja comes back into the attack and bowls a maiden first up. Blundell defends comfortably on the front foot. NZ 232/5 in 107 overs.

Another maiden! Blundell is happy to defend Axar who comes round the wicket with the arm ball. Blundell was almost beaten in front of the stumps playing for the non-existent spin. NZ 228/5 in 105 overs.

Tight maiden from Ashwin. Ravindra looks a bit tentative as Ashwin pitches it full on off and plays out six dots. NZ 228/5 in 104 overs.

OUT! Latham is stumped and very unlucky to have missed out on a deserving hundred. Latham stepped out but extra bounce beats him. Hit his glove before reaching the keeper on a couple of bounces. Ravindra gets off the mark in Test cricket with a single to cover. NZ 228/5 in 103 overs.

Just a single from Ashwin's over and Latham moves to 95. He keeps switching between over and around the wicket to the right-hander Blundell.

Axar continues from the River end. Around the wicket to right hander Blundell. Mid wicket is open to make him play against the turn. He is pitching it slightly full, forcing the batter to defend on front foot. Maiden over. NZ 226/4 in 101 overs.

NZ 226/4 in 100 overs: Maiden over from Ashwin who bowls it around full and good length to the left-hander Latham. Latham is on 94 off 274 balls. India is clawing its way back into this game. The spinners have slowed down their speeds in what is a big change from the way they were bowling yesterday. NZ still trails by 119 runs with six wickets remaining.

LBW given! Full on off by Axar and Nicholls missed the sweep and was hit on the back thigh. Nicholls goes up straightaway. He throws the review away as ball tracking confirms it went on to hit middle stump. The immediacy of the review made it look like he was confident of having edged it but there was no bat involved. Vice captain Blundell comes in. NZ 218/4 in 97 overs.

Ashwin to left-hander Nicholls. Plays out a maiden as Ashwin keeps it slightly full around off.

NZ 215/3 in 95 overs: OUT! Taylor edges it to the keeper and India gets a third wicket. Fullish on middle stump and he hung his bat straight in front, thinking it would come straight on with the arm but it turned away to take the edge. Another sharp take for Bharat. Nicholls is the new man in. He gets a single off the last ball and keeps strike.

NZ 211/2 in 92 overs: Axar keeps it around good length while Umesh bowls length on the stumps. He might need to change that to draw to a wider line to draw the drive and a possible edge.

NZ 209/2 in 90 overs: Two runs from that over. A short one from Umesh didn't rise at well and Taylor did well to get his hands down in time from the helmet grille to fend off the low bounce. A wry smile from him.

Missed chance. Taylor stepped out to Axar and got an inside edge that went through his legs and Bharat missed it behind the stumps. A tough one as he was blinded by the batter moving across.

Axar from the other end. Over the wicket to Latham. He steps out to negate any turn off the surface. Taylor turns one fine off his pads for one more. Two from the over. NZ 203/2 in 87 overs.

Umesh will complete his over. Ross Taylor on strike. Length on off and Taylor defends. Sprayed on the pads and clipped away to the mid wicket boundary by Taylor. Fullish on middle and off and Taylor taps it back. NZ 201/2 in 86 overs.


India finally makes a couple of inroads in that session, removing Young early in the day before sending back Williamson at the stroke of Lunch. New Zealand scored 68 runs in 28.3 overs for the loss of two wickets and the teams will share the session honours. However, with the skipper gone, India might just have an edge. Tom Latham has been his tenacious best today, in spite of surviving an LBW shout that India didn't review. Bharat, in for an injured Saha, has adjusted to the low bounce very well and took a sharp catch to dismiss Young. With India into the Kiwi middle-order, it will be interesting to see how session two pans out. Back with live action at 12:10 PM IST.

LUNCH DAY 3 - NZ 197/2 IN 85.3 OVERS

Umesh bowls the last over before the lunch and first over for a pacer with the new ball. Williamson cuts it straight to point and it came straight off the middle of the bat. So, the bounce is good with the new ball. Given! Jags in to Kane off a good length and hits him on the flap of the back pad. He reviews but three reds and the skipper is gone and so is the review. Lunch taken. Indians will sport a smile as they make their way back to the pavilion.

Quite bizarre as Axar starts off with the new red cherry. He keeps it close to Williamson's off stump with the angle from round the wicket. A little wide outside off on length and Williamson stretches forward to defend and gets an thick outside edge past slip. Full on middle and Williamson's inside edge carries to short fine and he takes a single. NZ 197/1 in 85 overs.

India has taken the new ball.

Umesh with the ball for the first time today. Latham steers a good length delivery to the backward point boundary. NZ 196/1 in 84 overs.

Latham steps out to Axar to shovel it over mid on and to the boundary. Pressure was building on him as he was unable to get off strike. That strike would have eased his nerves. NZ 192/1 in 82 overs.

The second new ball is due now but doesn't look like India is interested. Jadeja continues with the old ball. Keeps it around length and the batters defend.

NZ 187/1 in 80 overs: Another good over from Axar. Just two runs from it. He skids it on to Williamson coming over the wicket before pitching it around off to Latham who steps out to defend.

Axar replaces Jadeja. Maiden over for him. Keeps it around good length and on off stump.

Maiden from Ashwin but Nitin Menon doesn't seem pleased with Ashwin's follow through. He moves across the stumps after the release and the umpire complains about not being able to see. Ashwin is not convinced and Rahane now has a word with the umpire. The issue seems to have escalated as coach Rahul Dravid seems to be seeking clarification from the match referee.

NZ 184/1 in 76 overs: Turn from Jadeja and it beats Williamson. It stays low and straightens from the angle. Great job by Bharat behind the stumps. Not an easy introduction for him to Test cricket. Driven by Williamson through covers and he'll keep strike with a single.

NZ 183/1 in 75 overs: Tidy from Ashwin. Attacks the off stump line against Williamson and just a single from the over.

India misses out on a wicket. LBW appeal against Latham was turned down and India didn't review. Replay confirms three reds and a huge missed opportunity. Ashwin will be kicking himself. It had pitched on leg and Ashwin probably thought it was turning too much.

Ashwin continues after drinks. FOUR! Latham sweeps again to the deep square leg boundary. It was pitched on leg and Latham didnt miss out on that.

Jadeja into the attack to replace Ishant.  Maiden over for Jadeja and it is time for drinks. NZ 161/1 in 70 overs.

Ashwin beats Williamson. Pitches it full on off and Williamson sweeps and misses due to the bounce.

Big appeal and turned down. Young looked to cut it and Bharat reckons he edged it. India goes for the review. Spike on Ultraedge and OUT! Ashwin pitched it just outside off. It kept low, as it has been all day, and took Young's edge as he tried to guide it to point. Williamson in at three and pressure on him straightaway. Williamson has taken an outside off stump guard to rule out the LBW probably. NZ 152/1 in 67 overs. Williamson off the mark with a single at mid on.

Beaten! Finally Ishant induces the drive from Latham and it misses his outside edge. Ishant comes over the wicket to Latham now, angling it away from him. Another maiden for him.

Young steps out to Ashwin and chips it over mid wicket for a four. It was looped by Ashwin and he took it as a half-volley. That also brings up 150 for NZ. NZ 151/0 in 65 overs. Eight overs have been bowled so far and 22 runs have come. Ashwin has looked more threatening today after changing his bowling end while Ishant seems to have missed his line today and bowls a very wide line outside off.

Drops short of slip again and Ashwin seems frustrated. Goes off Latham's outside edge and the low bounce saves him.

Young gets to his highest Test score with a boundary to fine leg as Ishant strays on the legs and he moves on to 85 off 202 balls.

NZ 135/0 in 60 overs: FOUR! First boundary of the day and it goes off Young's outside edge and between slip and gully.

NZ 131/0 in 59 overs: Ashwin from the River End. Pitched outside off and it keeps low, taking Latham's bottom edge on the sweep. Oh, he seems to have missed it as it is given as one bye. Keeps low to Young next ball on off stump. Gets his outside edge this time and drips short of first slip. Floats it up wide and Latham beaten again. The batters are looking very uncomfortable for the first time in the inning.

NZ 129/0 in 58 overs: Ishant to Young first ball. Wide outside off and the ball keeps very low. Bharat will have to adjust to the variable bounce. 92 overs will need to be bowled today to compensate for the overs lost due to bad light on the first couple of days. Ishant keeps it straight on stumps. Maiden over to start the day.

UPDATE: A new wicket-keeper for India behind the stumps. Saha has a neck issue and Bharat replaces him.

Day 3 LIVE action will begin at 9:30 AM IST. Stay tuned!

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The coach and spin wizard Ashwin have a keen look at the surface.



The calm and assured Tom Latham has now found an enterprising partner in Will Young after the two defied India’s bowlers for the best part of five hours to keep the first Test evenly balanced after Day Two here. The prudence and vigilance shown by the opening batters meant India could not dislodge them despite all the skills used by R. Ashwin & Co. as New Zealand crawled to 129 for 0 by stumps, trailing by 216 runs in the first innings.

Young (75 batting, 180b) entertained with some excellent strokes – including drives, lofts and sweeps – even as Latham (50 batting, 165b) was content to keep defending at the other end. Their unbroken partnership is now the first 100-plus partnership by a foreign opening pair in India in nearly five years.

Both batters showed their ability in handling spin. They used their feet well, judged the lengths early, and played with soft hands. They were happy to punish the odd loose delivery and used the sweep shot to good effect.

-Abhishek Mukherjee


India Playing XI: Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (c), Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma.

New Zealand Playing XI: Tom Latham, Will Young, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell (wk), Rachin Ravindra, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel, William Somerville.


India: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Mayank Agarwal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Srikar Bharat, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Siraj, Axar Patel, Prasidh Krishna. Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Shubman Gill, Umesh Yadav, Suryakumar Yadav, Jayant Yadav.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell (vc), Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips (wk), Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, William Somerville, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, Will Young.


India vs New Zealand first Test Day 3 will be aired LIVE on the Star Sports Network at 9:30 AM IST. The match will also be available for live streaming on Disney+Hotstar.