Veteran Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik has tried to predict the score New Zealand will be chasing in the fourth innings of the test match. India on day 4 at lunch are 84/5 in their second innings, leading by 133 runs. India lost four wickets with not too many runs on the board and are now looking to rebuild their innings.
Ajinkjya Rahane (4) and Cheteshwar Pujara (22) have been dismissed for low scores yet again. Mayank Agarwal after surviving the tough period on day three was dismissed for 17 on day 4.
Talking to Cricbuzz, Dinesh Karthik said a score of around 275 will be difficult for the Kiwis to chase in the fourth innings.
275 Is A Good Target For Kiwis: Dinesh Karthik
“I think anything around 275 is a good target. Which would mean that they would need to bat two session or little more. I would like to give the Kiwis the last 45-30 mins to bat. And if they get Williamson and Latham under 100 runs, I think after that it’ll be smooth sailing for India,” Karthik was quoted as saying on Cricbuzz Live.
The senior batters had a forgetful day with the willow on Day 4 of the 1st Test at Kanpur. While Pujara departed after 33-ball 22, stand-in skipper Rahane perished for 4 off 15 balls in the first session on Day 4. Team India was reduced to 41-3 inside the first 15 overs of their 2nd innings.
“I would love to see Pujara and Rahane get runs. They definitely deserve a few runs under their belt, they’ve been batting well sometimes getting off to a good start but not converting it. But here is an opportunity for them. It’s a tough wicket but obviously their experience and the fact they can play spin well should come to the fore,” Karthik had said.