India vs NZ, Day 3 Kanpur Test: Ashwin Gets Breakthrough, Will Young Out on 89

Latest updates from Day 3 of the Kanpur Test between India and New Zealand.
India have fought their way back into the Kanpur Test with 6 Kiwi batters losing their wickets in the first two sessions of play on Day 3.
Ravichandran Ashwin opened the bowlers’ account this morning with the wicket of Will Young before Umesh Yadav picked up the important wicket of Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson before Lunch.
In the second session, Axal Patel picked up two wickets within 3 overs and then later sent back Tom Latham on 95 before Ravindra Jadeja too opened his account, reducing NZ to 241/6.
R Ashwin of India celebrating the wicket of William Young with KS Bharat
(Photo: BCCI)
Earlier, Will Young and Tom Latham started on the overnight score of 129/0 and continued to defy the Indian bowlers for the first hour of play.
It was an absorbing passage of play where there was a keen contest between bat and ball. Ishant Sharma was probing with his line and length while Ravichandran Ashwin brought his repertoire of variations to the fore.
32 runs were added to the overnight score before Will Young got out on 89. He edged an outside off delivery from Ashwin, which kept low, and the outer edge was snapped up by KS Bharat. Umpire Nitin Menon gave it not out but India immediately went for a referral and replays showed the ball caressing the bat on its way to Bharat who is keeping today after Wriddhiman Saha complained of stiffness in his neck.
KS Bharat takes the catch of William Young of New Zealand during day three of the Kanpur Test.
(Photo: BCCI)
Ashwin almost had his second wicket in the 73rd over had India taken the DRS. The ace off-spinner got one to turn from leg-stump and rapped Latham’s pad in front of off-stump. Later, replays showed three reds, which meant a costly miss for India.
The Kiwis were 151/1 as Kane Williamson walked out to bat. He was nervy against Ashwin but came out in full flow against Ravindra Jadeja, smashing him for boundaries through cover and point. After taking the new ball, India were rewarded with Williamson’s wicket at the stroke of lunch, as Umesh Yadav got a length ball to nip back in and rapped the right-hander on his back pad. Kane too asked for a referral but the replays showed the ball hitting the top of mid-stump and the Kiwi skipper had to return to the dressing room on 18.
Indian players celebrates the wicket of Kane Williamson on Day 3 of the Kanpur Test.
(Photo: BCCI)
Before the start of play on Day 3, the BCCI informed that first-choice wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha would not take the field due to neck stiffness, adding that the medical team was monitoring his progress.
“Wriddhiman Saha has stiffness in his neck. The BCCI medical team is treating him and monitoring his progress. KS Bharat will be keeping wickets in his absence,” the statement read.
The update from BCCI did not mention a particular time for Saha returning to wicketkeeping duties during the Test.
Saha, playing in his first Test since the pink-ball Test against Australia in Adelaide last year, batted in the first innings on Friday, making just one off 12 balls before nicking an outswinger behind to keeper Tom Blundell, becoming one of the five scalps of pacer Tim Southee.
He had kept wickets for 55 overs on day two.
Earlier on Friday, Shreyas Iyer had struck a century on debut in India making 345. But a five-wicket haul by Tim Southee followed by half-centuries by openers Will Young and Tom Latham helped New Zealand sit on top at the end of day two.
Resuming from 129/0 in 57 overs at stumps, Young and Latham made watchful starts on day three. Bharat came into action by taking a low catch off Ravichandran Ashwin’s bowling to dismiss Young for 89 in the 67th over.
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