IND vs NZ 1st Test Day 5 Review: New Zealand execute a rescuing act for a hard fought draw

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Day 5 of the 1st Test Match between India and New Zealand at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur turned out to be a thrilling contest. The Men in Blue had seemingly clinched the game but the Kiwis showed some heart and managed to pull off a draw.  A fine knock from Iyer on Day 4 helped India put up a strong total of 234/7 on board before declaring. At the Stumps on Day 4, the Blackcaps were at 4/1 requiring 284 runs to win the first Test match. 

India failed to salvage the victory after New Zealand pulls off a draw

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The two-match Test series remains deadlocked after frustrations pile for India, as New Zealand managed to fight back and drew the match in Kanpur. The pitch surprisingly played out well in favour of India. The bowlers worked hard to tally wickets but failed to do so. The overnight pair managed to survive the whole of first session.

India struck with the very first ball after the lunch break as Umesh Yadav sclaped the wicket of Somerville. Tom Latham, who struck his second fifty of the Test match was dismissed by Ashwin. With this wicket, the off-spinner overtook Harbhajan Singh to be the third-highest wicket-taker in Tests for India.

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New Zealand were eyeing to go into Tea with seven wickets left in hand but it was Ravindra Jadeja who wiped off Ross Taylor with an arm ball to close out the session. India came out strong in the final session and struck thrice in quick succession, with the wicket of skipper Kane Williamson being one of them which gave them the hope to clinch a victory.

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Despite the consecutive wickets, they failed to do the job of winning the contest. The final pair of Rachin Ravindra and Ajaz Patel stood tall to rescue a draw as the day’s play came to a conclusion.

The two teams will next face off in the second Test that will start from Thursday at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

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