Shane Jurgensen, New Zealand’s bowling coach had said that New Zealand will have to fight till the end to save the 1st India vs New Zealand Test match on the final day after his team was pushed to the brink at 93 for 4 on day four, still 341 runs adrift of the target of 434. The morning session of the final day saw New Zealand fight admirably with Luke Ronchi and Mitchell Santner not willing to bog down. The duo chanced their arms and scored runs at every possible opportunity to add 65 runs to their overnight partnership in 20.4 overs. India however managed to close in on a victory with three wickets in the session and look set to wrap the match in the second session.
After a resolute Santner and aggressive Ronchi kept the hosts at bay for the majority of the morning session, Mohammad Shami got in to the act using the old ball to reverse and took two quick wickets to leave New Zealand staring down the barrel on 205 for seven at lunch.
Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja did get appreciable turn and bounce from the Green Park strip but failed to get any breakthrough early. Similar to the first innings, Ronchi used his feet to great effect. He rocked back early to the deliveries which were marginally short and came forward without much apprehension to the ones tossed up. But a lapse in concentration right after drinks break led to Ronchi’s dismissal after he had scored 80 off 120 balls with the help of nine fours and a six. He went for a slog sweep to a flatter delivery from Jadeja and playing against the turn, managed a leading edge to point.