Indian team falls agonisingly short of equalling a world record!
The Indian team fell agonisingly short of equalling a unique world record in the first Test against New Zealand at Kanpur. On the third day of the Test match, out of the 9 New Zealand dismissals, six were out leg before wicket (LBW), which was just one short of the record.
The most number of LBW dismissals in Test cricket is seven. England and Australia are the only two teams to achieve this milestone. England dismissed seven Zimbabwe batsmen by LBW in 2003 at Chester-le-Street while Australia did this against New Zealand in 2005 at Christchurch.
Meanwhile, the Indian team made a remarkable comeback on the third day of the Test against the Kiwis.After toiling hard on the second day for getting wickets, the Indian spinners ran riot on the third day to take India to a commanding position.
After dismissing the hosts for 318, New Zealand were threatening to take the match away from the Indian team when they ended the second day on 152 for the loss of just one wicket. But R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja dismantled the visitors’ batting lineup and took the remaining nine wickets for only 110 runs. Ashwin started the proceedings on the third day and dismissed the well-set Tom Latham and Kane Williamson to set the platform for a fightback and then Jadeja made light work of New Zealand’s lower order to help India take a lead of 56 runs.
The Indian batsmen complemented their bowlers’ brilliant performance with a good batting display. By the end of the third day, the Indian team were 159 for the loss of one wicket with their overall lead extended to 215.
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