Shane Warne ‘very surprised’ with India tactics on Day 5 of drawn Kanpur Test vs New Zealand

Shane Warne was “surprised” to see India not take the second new ball in the final stages of the first Test which eventually ended in a draw as New Zealand’s last-batting pair managed to survive the final 52 deliveries.

Rachin Ravindra and Ajaz Patel faced relentless spin from both ends in the final-wicket partnership which lasted 52 balls (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • India (345, 234/7d) fell short of victory by 1 wicket as New Zealand (296, 165/9) hung on for a draw
  • India delayed taking the second new ball by nearly 4 overs in the final session on Day 5
  • Set 284 to win, New Zealand reached 165 for 9 when umpire Nitin Menon called off play due to bad light

Australian cricket legend Shane Warne on Monday questioned India’s tactics on Day 5 after the Kanpur Test against New Zealand ended in a nail-biting draw at the Green Park Stadium.

India fell short of victory by 1 wicket as New Zealand’s final batting pair of Rachin Ravindra and Ajaz Patel saw out the last 52 balls in fading light force a draw in the first match of the two-Test series.

Warne was “surprised” to see India not take the second new ball straightaway after it became available in the final session. The new ball became available after the 81st over but India kept on bowling for the next 4 overs before finally opting to take the new cherry in the 85th over.

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Ravindra Jadeja picked two wickets with the new ball before Rachin and Patel dropped anchor to deny the hosts their first win of the ICC World Test Championship in the new cycle.

Set 284 to win, New Zealand reached 165 for 9 when umpire Nitin Menon called off play having checked light readings in each of the previous six overs.

“Very surprised India didn’t take the new ball when it was available !!!! Strange they are still bowling with the old ball as light and overs running out !!!!!! Thoughts?,” Warne tweeted.

He later added another tweet saying: “Will the 4 overs bowled with the old ball when the new ball was available be a turning point and allowed NZ to hang on or it won’t matter and India win ???”

Rachin Ravindra and Ajaz Patel faced relentless spin from both ends with a shoal of close-in fielders around the bat but managed to survive against Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel to earn the praise from their captain Kane Williamson.

“Rachin in his first Test match and Ajaz as well showed a lot of character to bat those few overs there against high-quality, world class spin as the light was dimming,” Williamson said after the match.

Ravichandran Ashwin took 3-35 and fellow spinner Ravindra Jadeja had 4-40 as New Zealand lost six wickets for 66 runs either side of the tea break but still managed to eke out a draw.

The two teams will now head to Mumbai where they will play the second and final Test at the Wankhede Stadium from December 3.

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