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New Zealand falter despite strong start, Indian bowlers walk through Kiwi middle order

Axar the top pick among bowlers with five wickets, Ashwin grabs three, Jadeja and Yadav share one each



Ishant Sharma starts off proceedings on the third day of the first Test match
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Ishant Sharma starts off proceedings on the third day of the first Test match
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Ravichandran Ashwin dealt the first blow to New Zealand team in the 66th over of their innings, taking the wicket of opener Will Young  who was caught behind by substitute Srikar Bharat on 89 runs.
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Ravichandran Ashwin dealt the first blow to New Zealand team in the 66th over of their innings, taking the wicket of opener Will Young who was caught behind by substitute Srikar Bharat on 89 runs.
The wicket of Kane Williamson can be termed as one of the turning points of the match. The Kiwi captain was caught plumb in front of the wicket by Umesh Yadav on 18 runs.
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The wicket of Kane Williamson can be termed as one of the turning points of the match. The Kiwi captain was caught plumb in front of the wicket by Umesh Yadav on 18 runs.
Axar Patel got rid of the veteran Ross Taylor next, with the New Zealand losing their experienced campaigner.
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Axar Patel got rid of the veteran Ross Taylor next, with the New Zealand losing their experienced campaigner.
Henry Nicholls didn't bother the scorers much, facing just 9 balls and scoring 2 runs before he was given out for LBW of Axar Patel's bowling.
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Henry Nicholls didn't bother the scorers much, facing just 9 balls and scoring 2 runs before he was given out for LBW of Axar Patel's bowling.
Tom Latham, who was proving to be the mainstay of the Black Caps line-up and holding on to one end while wickets kept tumbling at the other, was finally caught behind by Srikar Bharat off the bowling of Axar Patel. New Zealand, from a strong position of 197/2, found themselves reeling at 227/5.
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Tom Latham, who was proving to be the mainstay of the Black Caps line-up and holding on to one end while wickets kept tumbling at the other, was finally caught behind by Srikar Bharat off the bowling of Axar Patel. New Zealand, from a strong position of 197/2, found themselves reeling at 227/5.
Rachin Ravindra was the next batsman to depart, scoring 13 off 23 balls before being bowled by Ravindra Jadeja
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Rachin Ravindra was the next batsman to depart, scoring 13 off 23 balls before being bowled by Ravindra Jadeja

India reached 14 for one in their second innings at stumps after dismissing New Zealand for 296 on the third day of the opening Test here on Saturday.

Opener Mayank Agarwal (4) and Cheteshwar Pujara (9) were at the crease when stumps were drawn as India led by 63 runs. The hosts lost Shubhman Gill (1) to pacer Kyle Jamieson.

India had grabbed a 49-run first-innings lead after left-arm spinner Axar Patel (5/62) and Ravichandran Ashwin (3/82) snapped five and three wickets respectively.

Umesh Yadav (1/50) and Ravindra Jadeja (1/57) took one wicket each.

In reply to India's total of 345, New Zealand resumed their innings at 129 for no loss but the visitors couldn't build up any partnership with Patel rocking the visitors with three wickets in the post-lunch session.

Tom Latham (95) was the top-scorer for New Zealand, while his opening partner Will Young scored 89. Jamieson scored 23 down the batting order.


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