Wasim Jaffer took to Twitter to criticize Kanpur’s performance. In the first session of Day 5, India failed to take a wicket. Against New Zealand in the first Test. During lunch, Jaffer tweeted that the pitch had yet to “wake up.”
“Everyone struggles to wake up early in the winter, especially in North India. Look at Kanpur pitch, for example, it’s 12 pm and it’s yet to wake up,” Wasim Jaffer tweeted.
Both Tom Latham and Will Somerville did an excellent job of keeping India’s bowlers in check. New Zealand is aiming for 284 points on the last day. Ashwin got the wicket of opener Will Young late on Day 4. But India could not make any more inroads in the first session. And New Zealand consolidated its position and improved. Also, its chances of avoiding defeat in the series opener. New Zealand was 79/1 at Lunch on Day 5.
However, the pitch did ‘wake up’ right after the Lunch break. And as Yadav sent Somerville packing with the very first delivery of the second session. Yadav banged it in short and Somerville looked to hook it. But found Shubman Gill at deep fine leg. He took a good catch diving forward and Somerville had to go having played a fine knock of 36 off 110 deliveries. Earlier in the fourth day, India was in trouble in their second innings. At 51/5, but Shreyas Iyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha, and Axar Patel helped them recover. With the bat and set a good target for the visitors.
Lastly, Shreyas Iyer struck 65 runs in the second innings to go along with his century in the first. Wriddhiman Saha finished unblemished with a score of 61. When India declared, Ashwin had a score of 32, while Axar Patel had a score of 28.