Australia’s opening batsman David Warner “can not wait” for India vs New Zealand to start second Test in Mumbai. Warner’s remarks came after India and New Zealand – the top two teams on the ICC Test rankings – exciting draw in the first test match Monday at Green Park in Kanpur. New Zealand versatile player Rachin Ravindra and spinner Ajaz Patel, who batted at number 11, played 8.2 overs on Day 5 under dim lights to ensure a remarkable draw, which many experts regarded as a victory.
Warner, who is ready for the first Ashes Test against England starting on December 8, described the match between India and New Zealand as a “difficult” one.
“How good is Test cricket !! 5 days, tough cricket played by both teams and it ends in a draw. That’s why we love it. Can not wait for the 2nd Test in Mumbai. #India #newzealand I can not wait. For the Ashes !!, ”Warner tweeted.
How good is Test cricket !! 5 days, tough cricket played by both teams and it ends in a draw. That’s why we love it. Can’t wait for the 2nd Test in Mumbai. #india # New Zealand I can not wait for the Ashes !! https://t.co/AHZhLmqOCB
– David Warner (@ davidwarner31) 29 November 2021
The Kanpur Test was like a seesaw battle with the balance tilting from one side to the other in different sessions throughout the Test match. India, late on Day 4, declared their second innings giving New Zealand a target of 284 runs. The visitors’ opening batsman Will Young lost to Ashwin, but made a strong comeback in the morning session of Day 5.
The game led to a draw with Tom Latham and Kane Williamson batting well, but things changed dramatically with the dismissal of the left-hander. India just knocked out the experienced Ross Taylor with the blow of Tea and in the final session left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja ran through New Zealand’s lower-middle order.
Jadeja bagged the wickets of Williamson, Taylor, Kyle Jamieson and Tim Southee to give India faith.
When the light began to fade, India needed one wicket in 52 balls to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. But as it turned out, there was another comeback in the game from New Zealand. Debutant Ravindra and Patel fought hand and tooth and negotiated everything that was thrown at them to save a hard fight.
The two teams will meet again in Mumbai in the second and final Test of the series, which starts on 3 December.
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