New Zealand survived the 5th day of the 1st Test match against India to ensure the result of the game ends in a draw. Initially, New Zealand fought 1st session of the day very well by scoring 75 runs without losing a wicket. Night-watchman William Somerville played a brilliant hand with the bat by facing 110 balls and Tom Latham smashed another fifty-plus score. New Zealand in the 2nd session lost 3 wickets and were reduced to 125/4 after 63.1 overs. Ravindra Jadeja played a brilliant role in 3rd session and took 4 wickets in the innings to put the Kiwi team under pressure. New Zealand lost their 9th wicket at 90th over of their innings but the Rachin Ravindra-Ajaz Patel pair stood for almost 9 overs and saved the game for New Zealand.
Numbers and Stats from 5th Test of Ind vs NZ 1st Test:
3 – Tom Latham became the 3rd New Zealand batter to smash two fifty-plus scores against India in a Test match on Indian Soil.
NZ batsman with two fifty-plus scores in a Test match against India in India:
Nathan Astle in Ahmedabad, 2003
Craig McMillan in Ahmedabad, 2003
Tom Latham in Kanpur, 2021
4 – India have played 4 Test matches against New Zealand in World Test Championship Cycle and they are yet to defeat New Zealand.
6 – Ind vs NZ match ended in a draw. Only for the 6th time a Test match involving team India has ended in a draw despite the team playing 4th innings losing 9 wickets.
Matches ending in a draw after the team being 9 wickets down in 4th inns (only involving India):
Eng vs Ind, Manchester in 1946
Ind vs WI, Kolkata in 1978/79
WI vs Ind, St. John’s in 2006
Eng vs Ind, Lord’s in 2007
Ind vs WI, Mumbai in 2011
Ind vs NZ, Kanpur in 2021
7 – Shreyas Iyer became 7th Indian to win Man of the Match award on Test debut.
Indian Players to win MoM award on Test debut:
Pravin Amre vs South Africa in 1992
RP Singh vs Pakistan in 2006
Ravi Ashwin vs West Indies in 2011
Shikhar Dhawan vs Australia in 2013
Rohit Sharma vs West Indies in 2013
Prithvi Shaw vs West Indies in 2018
Shreyas Iyer vs New Zealand in 2021
7 – Ravichandran Ashwin has dismissed Tom Latham 7 times in Test cricket out of 8 innings they played against each other.
2010 – For the first time after 2010, New Zealand have managed to draw a Test match against India on Indian soil.
2014 – For the first time since 2014, a team losing 9 wickets in 4th innings have managed to draw a Test match. Last instance was during England vs Sri Lanka match at Lord’s in 2014.