Twitter Reacts As New Zealand Continue To Dominate India
New Zealand continued their domination on Day three of the first Test match against India as the visitors finished the day at 144-4, still trailing by 39 runs. Ajinkya Rahane (25) and Hanuma Vihari (15) made sure the tourists go back unscathed after the dismissal of Virat Kohli. Early in the day, India had a dream start as they got two early wickets of BJ Watling and Tim Southee.
However, once again the opposition’s tail frustrated the Indian bowling. Colin de Grandhomme and debutant Kyle Jamieson added 71 runs for the eighth wicket partnership with the former scoring 43 runs. Jamieson continued to have a dream debut as he scored 44 runs. Furthermore, Trent Boult added salt to the injury as the clobbered 38 runs from only 24 balls.
New Zealand is in command.
Ergo, New Zealand was able to extend its lead to 183 runs. On the other hand, India once again got off to bad start as Prithvi Shaw was dismissed cheaply for 14 runs. Subsequently, Cheteshwar Pujara and Mayank Agarwal added 51 runs for the second wicket but the former was dismissed on the last ball before the Tea break.
Pujara made an error in judgment as he decided to leave the ball which was coming into him. Mayank Agarwal once again showed the resistance and scored 58 runs but the Indian opener didn’t have the rub of the green on his side.
Agarwal got a faint edge to the keeper to a harmless half-volley down the leg-side. Virat Kohli once again looked at sea during his stay of 19 runs and he has dismissed off a short-pitched ball from Trent Boult. Consequently, the Kiwis were able to put themselves in a commanding position.
Boult was the pick of the New Zeland bowlers taking three wickets. Rahane and Vihari will need to come up with a big effort on Day four to keep India in the contest.
Here is how Twitter reacted to Day three:
Special mention to #TrentBoult – have seen bowlers operating over or around the wickets in parts during a spell. But to change from over to around almost every ball and to have such consistency to execute the plans was 👍. What control!! Excellent display of fast bowling #NZvIND
— RK (@RK_sports) February 23, 2020
Dour and defensive batting by Rahane and Vehari may not have been attractive to watch, but invaluable to India’s cause. One from these two or Pant has to play innings of a lifetime to turn the match on its head. Not impossible if innings stretches deep into last session tomorrow
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) February 23, 2020
— Troll Dhawan Haters (@Dhawanswarrior) February 23, 2020
Virat Kohli on this NZ tour:
T20Is – 45, 11, 38, 11
ODIs – 51, 15, 9
Tests – 2, 19
201 runs in 9 inns, one fifty. #NZvInd
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) February 23, 2020
No Century for Virat Kohli in last 20 Innings!
Last time, Kohli not scored any century for 20 consecutive Innings is in 2014#NZvIND
— CricBeat (@Cric_beat) February 23, 2020
Time for Hanuma Vihari to become Shri Hanuman for team India literally…the saviour…rahane will need support ajd vihari has the ability to play big innings
— GurukiGoogly! (@samiprajguru) February 23, 2020
Well Done, Vihari and Rahane. The partnership has seen 118 balls after couple of quick wickets. India trailing by 39 runs with 6 wickets in hand. #NZvIND
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) February 23, 2020
That's just bullshit right there. Hotspot has no signal and RTS had the spike because the bat scratches the ground. This no conclusive shit needs to be changed. Mayank Agarwal robbed. #NZvIND
— hmmmmm (@cric_gupshup) February 23, 2020
Brilliant fifty for Mayank Agarwal when team needed the most. Don't loose your Wickets and make it count as much as you can.
— Rohit Sharma™ (@Ro45FC_) February 23, 2020
Col de Grandhomme bowling outside off stump on a road to Pujara who doesn't want to score. How good is test cricket
— Lenny Phillips (@lenphil29) February 23, 2020
Prithvi Shaw has been so scrappy and shitty in both the innings ,how does he get to open for India ? Oh yeah arm chair experts,silly commentators, selectors and Mumbai board ensures that I guess #NZvIND
— Chida Murthy (@chidamn) February 23, 2020
— Manya (@CSKian716) February 23, 2020
— Sagar🇮🇳 (@SagarCricket247) February 23, 2020
New Zealand might have seized the advantage with the way the tail wagged. But so far, India's batsmen, in their own style, are clawing back. Only inches so far but progress nonetheless.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 23, 2020
India have the worst dismissal rate for No.8 to No.11 batsmen, Indian bowlers averagely takes 101 balls to dismiss last 4 batsmen. pic.twitter.com/bgHss3kd04
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) February 23, 2020
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