Riding On Ravichandran Ashwin, India Edged Victory

  1. CRB Tech Reviews brings the readers the Day 5 highligts of India vs New Zealand 1st Test, which marked 500 Test Match History win. Ravichandran Ashwin acted as a catalyst as India beat New Zealand by 197 runs.

India beat New Zealand by 197 runs in the first Test in Kanpur to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. While India scored 318 and 377 for 5 declared, New Zealand did 262 and 236. The men who stood out in this Test match were Ravichandran Ashwin, who picked 10 wickets in the match and Ravindra Jadeja, who bagged six wickets. India had uniform contributions from several men as far as batting goes. There were no stand outs at this.


In India’s first innings, we had Murali Vijay top scoring with 65 and in the second innings, Cheteshwar Pujara top scored with 78. For New Zealand, they had Kane Williamson making 75 in the first innings and Luke Ronchi making 80 in the second innings. There were no mentionable performances in bowling by the Kiwis.

It would be fair to say that the turning point of the Test match was the cricket we watched on Day 3. India did not take long on Day 5 and emerged winners soon after tea on Day 5. A historic Test match for India who won a match that would be remembered for long considering it was Test match number 500 for the hosts.


It would be good to say that New Zealand tried hard with the ball and they cannot be faulted for that but they just did not make enough runs to be in the match for the entire five days. It’s gonna get really tough for the Kiwis if they drop their guard against Ashwin and Jadeja.

It was indeed surprising to see this match change hands. While India have a unit that is as solid as any, New Zealand took us by surprise. This may actually play on their minds later in the series as well.

Williamson really needs to play a crucial role now. Time will test his captaincy and chances are that if the team doesn’t perform well then he has to face lots of heat.

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