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Day 3: Spinners shine as India bounce back

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New Zealand was all-out on 296 runs as India also lost Shubman Gill before stumps.

India dominated the day and are looking like the favorites to win this match.

India                       111.1  overs   345 all out 

S. Iyer    105 (171)           Southee    5-69                                                                                                                 Gill          52 (93)              Jamieson   3-91                                                                                                               

New Zealand    142.3 overs   296 all out 

 T. Latham  95 (282)          Axar     5- 62                                                                                                                                                      W. Young    89 (214)         Ashwin 3-82

India                        5 overs      14-1

Pujara      9 (14)               Jamieson   1-8                                                                                                                                                             Agarwal   4 (13)

New Zealand was on the top at the end of day 2.

They started their innings today with a score of 129-0 and were looking good to score 400 plus runs.

But Indian bowlers showed their class today especially the spinners.

New Zealand lost their 1st wicket on 151 runs when Ashwin dismissed Will Young in the 10th over of the day.

Young scored 89 runs and he missed a well-deserved 100. 

New Zealand was looking comfortable on 197-1 but things changed very quickly as the Indian spinners destroyed the Kiwi batting lineup.

New Zealand was all-out on just 296 runs and the Indian team get a very important 49 rubs lead.

This lead can prove to be a match-changing factor.

Tom Latham also missed his hundred by just 5 runs as he was dismissed on 95 runs. 

After the New Zealand openers, none of the other Kiwi batters was able to cross even the 25 run mark.

The number 8 Kyle Jamieson (23 off 75) was the 3rd highest run-scorer in the innings.

The number 1 ranked Test batter and Kiwi skipper, Kane Williamson scored just 18 runs before getting LBW on Umesh Yadav’s delivery.

The experienced Ross Taylor also failed to score and he went to the pavilion after scoring just 11 runs off 28 balls. 

Another Five-wicket haul for Axar Patel

Axar Patel is having a dream start to his Test career.

He is bowling brilliantly in the home conditions.

He destroyed New Zealand’s middle order to bring his side back in the match.

Yet again, he again picked up a fifer and this was his 5th wicket haul in the 4th match of his career.

England found him almost unplayable earlier this year and now the Black Caps are also struggling against him. 

This is the 6th successive time he has picked up 4+ wickets in an innings, no other Indian bowler has done this before in history.

Axar now also holds the record for the 2nd most 5 wicket hauls in the first 4 tests in the world. 

Most five-wicket hauls in first four Tests:

6: Charlie Turner                                                                                                                                                             5: T. Richardson/ R. Hogg/ Axar Patel                                                                                                                        4: Fred Spofforth/ S. Barnes/ Nick    Cook/ Vernon Philander

The Indian spinners were on top today and the Kiwi batters were unable to score freely against them.

Axar was was well supported by Ashwin who picked up 3 important wickets.

Ravindra Jadeja also picked up a wicket. So the spinners took a total of 9 wickets in the innings. 

India lost Gill before stumps but they are still looking good to win this match.

That’s because it will be very tough for Kiwi batters in the 4th innings against this brilliant Indian spin attack. 

 

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No mercy from India! Jasprit Bumrah set to return for final Test against England in Dharamsala

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Team India have pocked the five-match Test series against England with a five-wicket win in the fourth match. With a 3-1 lead in the series, they will head into the final Test in Dharamsala as a confident unit. While it is crucial for Ben Stokes and Co. to leave the touring nation on a positive note, the home side is likely to experiment with their playing XI for the low-key fixture.

According to reports, the Indian cricket management is considering resting a few players for the final Test due to the workload. India were without some key players due to withdrawal and injuries throughout the series. However, the youngsters stepped up and gave the desired result, gaining the confidence of the management.

Meanwhile, the Men in Blue are not going to make it easy for the visitors when the two teams clash at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium from March 7. As per Cricbuzz, elite pacer and the team’s vice-captain Jasprit Bumrah is set to be recalled. This shows that India will go hard in the upcoming match and aim to settle the series 4-1.

Bumrah was rested for the fourth Test in Ranchi as he played three matches on a trot. The 30-year-old has been carefully managed by management since his return from a back injury last year after a nearly year-long absence. He made his comeback in the T20I series against Ireland and after that, he played only in crucial fixtures like the Asia Cup, ODI World Cup, and Test matches. With the 2024 T20 World Cup also around the corner, it will be important for the team to manage Bumrah’s workload.

KL Rahul doubtful for Dharamsala Test 

KL Rahul, who was deemed 90% fit before the third Test in Rajkot, has not fully recovered and is unlikely to play in the final match. Rahul suffered a quadriceps strain in the series opener and missed the next two matches. The report states that the Karnataka cricketer has been sent overseas for treatment.

It remains to be seen whether the under-fire Rajat Patidar will get another chance to prove his mettle in Rahul’s absence. Patidar looked promising in the first innings of the Hyderabad Test, but then lost his rhythm and suffered a series of low scores, including two ducks.

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‘Ye toh Mohammad Kaif 2.0 nikla’ – Fans react as Brendon McCullum accepts series defeat against India and claim themselves to be better than they were in 2022

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Brendon McCullum has reacted to England’s performance in the ongoing series against India. The visiting side are currently trailing 1-3 in the series after the conclusion of the 4th Test in Ranchi. With the fifth Test set to happen in Dharamshala, England have lost the series by all means. They do have a chance to end the series on a high note by winning the last Test.

After the loss against India in the 4th Test, McCullum was in the press conference. He claimed that they are a better side than they were 18 months ago. Brendon acknowledged the fact that they lost the series against India and could not win in the Ashes. He felt that given the way England is playing, there is a good chance of them doing special things in the next 18 months in Test cricket.

“We’ve lost this series and we didn’t win the Ashes, but we’re a better cricket team than we were 18 months ago and we’ve got an opportunity in the next 18 months to do some pretty special shitz. I’m fizzing for it, to be honest,” said McCullum as he was hopeful of a bright future for England in Tests. It is true that England were not as competitive under Joe Root as they are under Ben Stokes.

Improved competitiveness of England

While Root’s tenure was good before the pandemic, the team struggled under his captaincy. 2021 and early 2020 were the years when England was demoralised. They lost in India 1-3 and trailed 1-2 at home against the same opponent. For the first time in over 20 years, NZ beat England in Tests in their own backyard. In 2022, England lost the Ashes 0-4 away from home.

They also lost to the West Indies 0-1 which acted as a final nail in the coffin of Root’s leadership. However, things have changed drastically under Stokes and McCullum. They won the series against New Zealand at home and clean-swept Pakistan in their own backyard. They drew the Ashes 2-2 and drew the series against NZ 1-1 before losing the series against India.

Here’s how the fans reacted to the statement of Brendon McCullum –

 

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WATCH: IShowSpeed reacts to Virat Kohli becoming father for 2nd time

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IShowSpeed took to his YouTube channel and reacted to Virat Kohli becoming the father for the 2nd time in his life. The popular YouTuber is known to be a fan of Virat in cricket. He claimed that the Indian batter got twins. In the video which has gone viral on the internet, Speed was seen reacting to the announcement of the star couple. He was visibly excited about seeing the good news.

Speed claimed that Akaay and Vamika are twins. The fan of the Indian batter claimed that the son of Virat should have been named as ‘Virat Kohli Jr’. He went on to add that Akaay could become a young GOAT. Seeing the announcement video, the popular YouTuber claimed that he would still call Akaay as ‘Virat Kohli Jr’.

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He got twins!! Virat Kohli got twins!! Vamika and Akaay! Akaay about to be a young GOAT. He should have been named to Virat Kohli Jr, I’m still going to call him Kohli Jr bro,” said I Show Speed in his video. The fans are in bits after seeing the video of the YouTuber and said that he is too funny. The way Speed calls Virat was mocked by the fans on social media.

The family of Virat Kohli

Virat has a big family. While his father died when he was playing a Ranji Trophy game in the 2000s, he has a brother and mother. In 2017, Virat married Anushka which became a sensation. The star couple has been the talk of the town since then. In 2021, Virat and Anushka were blessed with their first child. The duo named her as ‘Vamika‘.

Earlier this year, Virat took a leave during the series against England. The fans were not sure of the reason behind the move of the batter that he even could not attend the Ram Mandir inaugural ceremony. Earlier this month, the fans got to know that the couple became the parents for the 2nd time. Anushka and Virat posted a joint statement where they declared to be parents and announced ‘Akaay’ to the world.

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