Kanpur: Left-arm spinner Axar Patel’s incredible five-wicket haul helped India bundle out New Zealand for 296 and give India a crucial 49-run lead on the third day of the First Test at the Green Park Stadium here on Saturday.
Patel picked up his fifth five-wicket haul in seven innings as India were 14 for one at stumps on Day Three losing opener Shubman Gill cheaply.
Patel was a central figure in India bouncing back from an underwhelming day two to take the upper hand on day three. The spin troika of Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Ravindra Jadeja spun a web around the New Zealand batters, taking nine wickets overall.
Brief scores: India 345 (Shreyas Iyer 105, Tim Southee 5/69) and 14/1 in five overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 9 not out, Kyle Jamieson 1/8) lead New Zealand 296 in 142.3 overs (Tom Latham 95, Will Young 89, Axar Patel 5/62, Ravichandran Ashwin 3/82), by 63 runs.