Kanpur: Indian Spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin assisted India obtain control of the third Test against New Zealand. The home batsmen extended the second innings lead to 215 on the third day at Kanpur’s Green Park Stadium.
Team India, who is playing their 500th Test match, were 159 for one at stumps with openers going strong. Murali Vijay is playing on 64 and Cheteshwar Pujara on 50, they both put together an unbeaten 107 run stand for the second wicket.
Jadeja and Aswhin, took nine wickets between them and helped India to restrict NZ for 262 in their first innings and securing a vital 56-run lead.
The Indian batsmen taken the advantage with Vijay putting on a 52-run opening stand with Lokesh Rahul who got out on 38.
Vijay struck seven fours and a six to mark his 13th half century.
Pujara also hit eight boundaries to record his eight Test fifty.
Prior Ashwin got overnight batsmen Tom Latham and Kane Williamson in the morning session, who started the day on 152 for one in response to India’s 318.
New Zealand lost five wickets for just seven runs as they declined from 255 for five to pack up in 95.5 overs.