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India -New Zealand Test: R Ashwin picks up three wickets to leave visitors struggling at 93/4

India -New Zealand Test: R Ashwin picks up three wickets to leave visitors struggling at 93/4

India Blooms News Service | | 25 Sep 2016, 05:43 pm
Kanpur, Sept 25 (IBNS): R Ashwin picked up three wickets for India as he helped the home side at an advantageous position with New Zealand struggling at 93 for the loss of four wickets on the fourth day of the first Test here on Sunday.

Wickets of Tom Latham (2), Martin Guptill  (0), Kane Williamson (25) were picked up by Ashwin as he damaged the initial battling line-up of the visitors at a difficult position.

Ross Taylor (17) got run out at the visitors were left gasping at 56 for four at the end of 21. 3 overs.

New Zealand needs 434 runs to clinch the first match of the series.

Luke Ronchi (38) and Mitchell Santner  (8) will resume the proceedings for New Zealand on Monday.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli declared their innings at 377 runs for the loss of five wickets, setting a steep target of 434 runs for New Zealand to chase and win the first of the three match Test series.

The declaration came after Ravindra Jadeja (50 not-out) reached his half-century.

Jadeja was involved in a hundred run unbeaten partnership with Rohit Sharma (68) for the sixth wicket.

Sharma was earlier involved in a 49-run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane (40), before a fine catch from Ross Taylor in the slips off Santner removed him.

Earlier, resuming on their overnight score of 159 runs, the Indian batsmen added 93 runs in the first session while losing three wickets

At lunch, India were at 254 runs for the loss of four wickets.

The New Zealand bowlers bowled a tight line as the inaugural session yielded wickets of Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara.

Both Vijay (76) and Pujara (78) looked set for a hundred but a dogged bowling from Mitchell Santner accounted for the former while the latter was removed by Ish Sodhi with Ross Taylor aiding with a fine catch at slips.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli got off to a good start hitting an array of boundaries before a mistimed slog-sweep saw his end at the crease.

Virat (16) dragged a ball off Mark Craig from his off stump and scooped it to mid wicket, where Ish Sodhi completed the formality, claiming him twice in the match on the outfield.