A rampant India beat New Zealand by 197 runs on the 5th and last day of the Kanpur Test after overcoming stiff resistance in the morning especially by Luke Ronchi and Mitch Santner, both of whom scored their respective 50s. The other batsmen tried, but only Ish Sodhi offered a fightback in the later parts of the innings, but it was not enough as first the spinners R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja effected breakthroughs and then Mohd Shami grabbed 2 quick wickets to put India on cusp of a famous win in the historic 500th Test. Fittingly, it was Ashwin who too the last wicket of Neil Wagner for zero. This was Ashwin’s 19th 5-wicket haul in his Test career. For New Zealand, Luke Rochi and Mitch Santner starred with 50s. Check out the 5th day action as it happened:
N Wagner (0), lbw Ravichandran Ashwin, Kiwis 236 all out. The batsman had no idea which way the ball was going!
Ish Sodhi out for 17, b Ravichandran Ashwin. NZ 236/9. Sodhi tried to push ball down leg, but misses its trajectory, ends up being bowled. Another 5-wkt haul for Ashwin.
Mitch Santner out for 71, c Rohit Sharma b Ravichandran Ashwin, 223/8 in 79.2 overs. Ashwin finally gets his man with a ball that pitched outside leg, but it bounced much more than expected catching Santner by surprise. The ball snicks the shoulder of the bat and goes to second slip.
NZ 196/7 Mark Craig b Mohammed Shami 1 (2): Shami bowls from around the wicket and finds gap between bat and pad in Mark Craig’s defensive prod. The middle stump gets uprooted.
NZ 194/6 BJ Watling lbw b Mohammed Shami 18 (30). Pitched on off stump , the ball swings and hits him on pad. The right-handed batsman has no clue.
NZ 158/5 Luke Ronchi c Ravichandran Ashwin b Ravindra Jadeja 80 (124). Ravindra Jadeja gets India the breakthrough! Ronchi responsible for own loss as he was setting a crackling scoring pace. It could not last.