After a shaky start to their second innings, Team India managed to put up a decent score of 234/7, thanks to the heroics of Shreyas Iyer (65 off 125) and Wriddhiman Saha (61* off 126), before declaring an hour ahead of stumps on Day 4. With this, they have set a huge target of 284 runs for New Zealand who need to chase it down in 90 overs lest they should settle for a draw. However, Indian captain Ajinkya Rahane has made it very sure that they will indeed be going all out for a win and Ravichandran Ashwin’s early wicket right before stumps has given the blues an edge.
Watch: Will Young’s Brain Fade after wrong dismissal
On the last delivery of the third over, Indian all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin bowled a lethal in-swinger that produced an unexpected turn, catching New Zealand opener Will Young completely off-guard hence dismissing him through LBW. As has been the noticeable trait throughout the first test, the pitch is not offering too much bounce and it was a big factor in Will Young misreading the delivery.
After some consultation with his opening partner Tom Latham, Will Young decided not to take a review and it turned out to be a big blunder by the two Kiwi batters. As Young walked towards the dugout, the Ball-tracker clearly showed on the giant-screen that the ball was missing stumps. Had they taken the review, it would have gone in their favour. This mistake might prove to be fatal for New Zealand later.
It was quite contradictory to what we saw in New Zealand’s first innings wherein Tom Latham took 3 successful reviews in a row.
The 284 runs target looks unachievable for the Blackcaps at this point and they will probably be satisfied with a draw. However, with the likes of Tom Latham, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor still remaining in their batting lineup, the match can take an unexpected turn at any moment.