1st Test, Day 4: Record-Breaker R Ashwin Leaves New Zealand Facing Uphill Task
Riding on a three-wicket haul from Ravichandran Ashwin, India ended the Day 4 of the first Test against New Zealand in a strong position. Ashwin, who has become a key member for India across all formats, became the second fastest overall to 200 Test wickets when he got rid of Kane Williamson.
Murali Vijay got India off to a fast start on Day 4, taking the attack to the New Zealand bowlers. (Images Credit: BCCI)
However, in his zeal to get more quick runs, he fell to Mitchell Santner on 76.
Virat Kohli once again failed to fire and was dismissed while trying to hit an expansive shot.
Rohit Sharma took on the responsibility and notched his fifth Test half-century.
Ravindra Jadeja provided ample support at the other end, reaching his second Test fifty in the process.
The duo put on an unbeaten 100-run stand for the sixth wicket as India set a 434-run target for New Zealand.
New Zealand's chase got off to the worst possible start with Martin Guptill falling early to R Ashwin.
Tom Latham didn't last long either, becoming Ashwin's second victim of the day.
Ashwin then dismissed Kane Williamson to claim his 200th Test wicket, thus becoming the fastest Indian to reach the feat.
With New Zealand in a precarious position, Luke Ronchi came to the rescue with a gritty unbeaten innings.
Just when things were improving for the Kiwis, a direct hit by Umesh Yadav from the deep sent Ross Taylor packing.
With chances of rain on Day 5, Indian captain Kohli will be looking to put a swift end to the Test.