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IND vs NZ 2021, 1st Test: ” Long Live Test Cricket”-Twitter Reacts After New Zealand Salvage A Draw In Kanpur

Rachin Ravindra-New Zealand
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New Zealand earned a hard-earned draw in Kanpur on day 5 of the first Test against India after the lower-order led by Rachin Ravindra (18) stuck together. At the end with one wicket to win in the final stages of the game, it was Ravindra’s defence that took the sting out of the Indian attack.

New Zealand who lost one wicket on the fourth day started their innings positively in the first session. The overnight batsmen added 76 runs for the second wicket.

India came back into the game in the second session, taking three wickets including that of skipper Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor. They lost five more wickets in the final session giving India an upper hand in the final stages of the game.

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But it was Rachin Ravindra’s resistance with the bat and Ajaz Patel’s assurance that denied India a chance to win. Ravindra batted for 91 balls for his 18 runs with Patel batted 23 deliveries for his two runs.

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Earlier in the day, Ravindra Jadeja too four wickets and was the most successful India spinner on show. Ravichandran Ashwin went past Harbhajan Singh’s tally by taking three wickets and Axar Patel and Umesh Yadav picked up a wicket each.

“These are milestones that are constantly kept on tab, it’s wonderful. Ever since Rahul bhai has taken over, he’s kept saying that how many ever wickets you take, how many ever runs you make in 10 years time, you won’t remember them. It’s the memories that matters so I want to have some special memories going forward in the next 3-4 years. Anytime pitches are spoken about and I am asked a question, it turns into a controversy. So, I’ll try and keep a tab on that. Getting down to the last session, last mandatory over, I think it’s played its part, some wonderful Test cricket. The young boy, Ravindra, batted beautifully, showed great composure, Ajaz Patel with his defence. It just tells you a story” Ashwin responded when asked about the pitch after the end of the game.

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