India declared at 234 for 7 for an general lead of 283 and gave the Black Caps 4 difficult overs to face beneath fading mild throughout which they managed 4 runs and misplaced opener Will Young to Ravichandran Ashwin.
Scorecard | As it happened
With that scalp, Ashwin turned the joint third highest wicket-taker in Indian cricket with Harbhajan Singh (417 wickets).
The best ever fourth innings chase by a visiting crew in India is 276 by Viv Richards’ West Indies towards the Dilip Vengsarkar-led India in 1987 on the Feroz Shah Kotla, which positioned statistics on the house crew’s facet.
The honours for India on the day had been shared by Iyer (65 off 125 balls), who turned the primary Indian to attain 100 and fifty on debut and the plucky Wriddhiman Saha (61 not out, 126 balls), who battled stiff neck to make a useful contribution which will definitely rely lots within the ultimate context of the match.
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Axar Patel (28 not out) then conjured one other 67-run eighth-wicket stand with Saha to slowly take the match out of the Black Caps’ grasp.
If New Zealand are nonetheless within the match, credit score should go to their tireless seam bowling duo of Tim Southee (22-2-75-3) and Kyle Jamieson (17-6-40-3), who confirmed an exhibition of prime class bowling on an unresponsive monitor.
Nevertheless, it’s going to now rely on how a lot time it takes for India’s spin troika to roll over New Zealand, whose openers confirmed loads of gumption on the second afternoon and third morning.
Additionally if skipper Williamson can do one thing mind-blowing with the willow, there would possibly simply be an ideal contest on the playing cards.
If the morning belonged to New Zealand’s bowlers, who determined to lengthen Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane‘s dangerous patch, the afternoon was Iyer’s time beneath the solar whereas Saha did his bit, reaching his sixth half-century within the ultimate session of the day.
That is definitely an innings which is able to give Saha’s Check profession a brand new lease of life.
This was after stand-in captain Rahane and his momentary deputy Pujara’s saga of failures continued leaving India tottering at 51 for five within the first 75 minutes of the morning session.
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However credit score to Iyer, who as soon as once more displayed steely temperament on the best way to his second 50-plus rating within the match, hitting eight fours and an enormous six over lengthy off towards Will Sommerville.
His finest shot, nevertheless, was an inside out lofted drive off left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel. It was a troublesome shot that was completely executed.
It was adopted by a sq. lower in the identical over as Williamson erred by bowling his spinners for means too lengthy.
That was proved when Southee eliminated Iyer on the stroke of tea when he tried to tug one which was drifting down leg facet.
Credit score also needs to be given to Saha as he batted with an open-chested stance in comparison with his standard side-on which reduces the pronounced neck motion.
He performed his customary recreation of dabs and flicks and likewise produced an occasional slog pull for six as his innings had 4 fours and a six.
Nevertheless, on the fourth morning, Southee, a practitioner of standard swing bowling, took a master-class on the right way to bowl on an unresponsive Indian monitor, classically organising the batters.
However earlier than Southee received into the act, Kyle Jamieson (13-6-26-3) focused Pujara’s (22 off 33 balls) ribcage, getting one to rear up on this lifeless monitor and it brushed the India No. 3’s gloves into the fingers of keeper Tom Blundell.
Rahane (Four off 15 balls) is out of shape and the world is aware of about that. Nevertheless, Ajaz Patel (17-3-60-1), who has regarded means under Check class, then produced his finest supply of the match.
An arm ball that was fired in with the angle caught Rahane plumb in-front whereas he tried to play a ahead defensive prod.
Mayank Agarwal (17) did all of the laborious work within the first hour however Southee (15.2-3-48-3) set him up with deliveries that got here into him from good size spot as he performed with a closed bat-face.
Then he pitched on the identical spot and, to Agarwal’s horror, it formed barely away and he had dedicated to a closed bat-face.
The end result was a regulation catch to Tom Latham within the second slip.
For Ravindra Jadeja (0), Southee used the width of the crease with an angular supply that wrapped him on the pads.