On Day3 New Zealand started game with two batsmen Tom Lathem (56) and Kane Williamson (65) who were well settled at crease on Day2, but they were unable to stick to crease for too long on Day3. New Zealand started day3 at 152-1 and started losing wickets continuously on Day3.
Tom Lathem’s wicket was taken in the early overs by Ashwin as LBW at 58 runs and 3rd down Taylor was out as a duck by Jadeja. By an amazing delivery Ashwin made is Williamson (75) bowled and score was 170-4. Even though Ronchi (38) and Satner(32) fought for some time, but the magic spell from both Ashwin and Jadeja crashed down New Zealand batting order.
At 95th over Jadeja turned the match with 3 wickets in a maiden over and Ashwin took last wicket in the next over to finish off First Innings of New Zealand batting at 262 in 92.5 overs.
New Zealand Batting
R Jadeja 5-73
Umesh Yadav 1-33
Mohammad Shami 0-35
First session of Day3 was totally under the control of indian Bowlers and Batsmen. Indians were finish bowling in the first session and started second innings right after lunch and started strongly. Both Rahul and Vijay started well and scored 52 runs before india lost their first wicket of Rahul (38) and new batsman Pujara played so well along with Vijay and scored 159 runs in 2 sessions on Day3.
Murali Vijay scored 64* and CA Pujara 50* and standing at crease with out giving any opportunity to New Zealand bowlers and moving forward to score huge target to opposition. Indian Team over all played very well and under full control over opposition.
India is at 159-1 in 47 overs New Zealand bowler Sodhi 1-29.
Umpires call off the game at 4:45 PM IST and Day4 starts at 8:45 AM IST.
Ravichandran Ashwin: Pleased as much. We had a very good match today. We held up really well this morning. Nothing changed really. We were creating a lot of oportunities yesterday before the rain spell. Once the break happened this morning. I mader a shift in line this morning against Latham, and that paid off.
I think the first 20 overs, when the ball has a bit of gloss in it, it doesn’t turn much. In general, the Kiwi batsmen play differently. They plonk their feet straight down, and not towards covers, which is why the shift in line was needed. The wicket is a good batting wicket. A batsman just has to use his feet well.