Till the 3rd day of the Test match in Kanpur against India Kane Williamson and company couldn’t gather a single 100 by any of their players. Tom Latham was near to his Test century but got out by Axar Patel at 95*.
Latham got out in the 103rd over on the very first ball, in New Zealand’s first inning. Axar Patel cast his magic spell against Tom and to adjust his bat he got out by a slight edge. While there on the back of the stump KS Bharat was standing with eyes on the ball and the stumps.
Bharat’s entrance in the fields as a substitute for W.Saha become lucky and took the biggest wicket. Saha couldn’t come back to the field due to stiffness in the neck, while confirming the substitute’s replacement BCCI stated:
“The medical team is treating him and monitoring his progress”.
Before Tom’s wicket, Bharat successfully took the catches for Ashwin and Axar and took Will Young and Ross Taylor down for the resp. bowlers.
The Kiwis were unbeaten until the 2nd day, Ashwin’s wicket of Young at 89*. And before the end of the 2nd session, Kane Williamson was knocked out by Umesh Yadav just for 18*.
In the after lunch session, Axar got the immune and brought India’s game back to life by claiming 3 wickets of Taylor, Nicholas and then Latham.
Even Ravindra Jadeja was not behind in dismissing the debutant Rachin Ravindra for 13*, the Kiwis had to get settled on the 3rd day of the match only for 249/6.