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The first match of the two-match Test series between India and New Zealand played at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur resulted in a draw. The Indian team could not put the last nail in the coffin of the Kiwi team as India remained one wicket away from victory in a thrilling match. Indias second match in the new cycle of the ICC World Test Championship has been a draw.
In reply to 284 runs, New Zealand batted 98 overs in their second innings and lost 9 wickets. Indian bowlers could not take the last wicket even in the last 52 balls. Thus the result of the match was a draw. You will be surprised to know that this is the first time after the year 2017 that a Test match has been drawn in India. At the same time, New Zealands team has drawn a match for the first time in the last seven matches.
When the game started on the fifth day, Team India needed nine wickets to win, but India did not get a single wicket in the first session. Tom Latham and William Somerville batted brilliantly and gave New Zealand a strong start. But after lunch, the Indian team returned, in the second session, Team India took wickets.
In the last session, Team India needed 6 wickets to win, the magic of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadejas spin was also visible. New Zealand had lost its fifth wicket on 126, after which Team India was getting wickets in some time.
Rachin Ravindra, who made his Test debut for New Zealand in this match, showed a great game and saved the team from defeat. Rachin could only make 18 runs in 91 balls with the help of 2 fours, but the good thing was that he did not lose his wicket. This was the reason why the Indian team could not take the last wicket. Even India got about 9 overs of play, in which they had to take the last wicket, but Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin and Axar Patel failed.
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