The day was supposed to be in India. India won the first day of the Kanpur Test. India started the day with two settled batsmen. But the home team fell head over heels in an extraordinary spell by Tim Southee.
India, who started the day with 256 for 4, were bowled out for 345. New Zealand picked up 129 runs without losing a wicket before the end of the second day’s play. Will Young is unbeaten on 65 runs. Tom Latham survives with 50 runs. Latham’s innings today raised questions about the skills of the two Indian umpires.
New Zealand went down to bat shortly after lunch. Tom Latham could have been out twice before the tea-break, for the first time with zero runs. Latham was dismissed by umpire Nitin Menon off Ishant Sharma in the third over. But the New Zealand opener took the review immediately. As seen in the review, the ball hit the bat. New Zealand could not cope with the pressure of losing the first wicket for 3 runs.
Latham was again dismissed by umpire Menon in the 15th over of the innings. This time the decision of LBW is called Rabindra Jadeja. Pray for the help of DRS again. This time the ball touched the bat before hitting the pad! Latham’s life was 10 runs, New Zealand’s run was then 35.
The latest incident of umpires’ mother-in-law behavior with Latham is at the very last moment. In the last over of the last over of the day, the umpire dismissed Latham again with Ashwin’s ball. This time, of course, there is another culprit, Virender Sharma. This time, however, the ball did not hit the bat, and that is what saved Latham. By then, however, Latham had become 50. New Zealand’s run was also 128 by that time.
New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham did not forget to joke about it at the end of the day. At one time, India did not want to take DRS in any series. Reminding India of the benefits of those days, he tweeted, “If Tom Latham scores a century, India may go back to the days when DRS was not used at home.”
In this way, Latham took a little time to get a run to get life again and again. To get his fourth 50 on Indian soil, he needed the most balls (156 balls) this time.
Will Young, meanwhile, was the first to play on Indian soil. Got 50 off 6 balls. After that he decided to end the day from unbeaten. Indian fans were waiting to see the Indian spinners dominate in Kanpur. But Jadeja, Ashwin and Akshar have shown great footwork against Patel. One drive after another has disappointed the spinners. Young, who hit 50 off four overs, then bowled four more times.
Earlier, the first part of the day was only for Tim Southee. Jadeja returned at the beginning of the day. Jadeja, who started the day with 50 runs, could not cut any mark on the scoreboard today before being bowled. Saudi also sent Riddhiman Saha to the dressing room shortly after. Shreyas Iyer, who started the day with 75 runs, got the satisfaction of scoring a century in his debut. But then he became a victim of Saudi. The Saudis have also made Akshar Patel their victim.
Ejaz Patel picked up the last two wickets and India were bowled out for 345 runs. Saudi got 5 wickets for 69 runs.