Series win is 5 wickets away
After declaring India in the second innings with 26 runs for 6 wickets, New Zealand’s target for victory stood at 540. New Zealand’s score at the tea break was 13 for 1. New Zealand lost four more wickets in the third session. At the end of the third day, the Kiwis scored 140 runs for 5 wickets in 45 overs. Daryl Mitchell top-scored with 70 off 92 balls with seven fours and two sixes. Tom Latham 6, Will Young 20, Ross Taylor 6 and Tom Blandell returned to the pavilion with zero runs. Henry Nichols is unbeaten on 37 off 7 balls. Rachin Rabindra is unbeaten with 2 runs from 23 balls.
Ravichandran Ashwin took 3 wickets for 26 runs with seven maidens. As a result, Ashwin, the highest wicket-taker in Tests this year, has already taken 51 wickets in six Tests. Shahin Shah Afridi (44 wickets in 9 Tests) far behind. Ashwin has not played in four Tests in England. Despite this, Ashwin took 50 or more wickets in the fourth calendar year of his career (2015, 2016, 2017, 2021). Anil Kumble (1999, 2004 and 2006) and Harbhajan Singh (2001, 2002, 2006) have set the example three times. Akshar Patel got 1 wicket on this day. Tom Blandell run out.
India last lost to England in a Test series on home soil in 2012. England won the four-Test series 2-1. However, India have not lost a Test series on home soil since 2013. In 2013, they beat Australia 4-0 in a four-Test series. After India won the series 2-0 against the West Indies, the last Test of the two-Test series was Sachin Tendulkar’s last Test.
Captain is invincible in the great country
India’s first home Test series, led by Virat Kohli, was against South Africa in 2015. India clinched the Freedom Trophy by winning the four-Test series 3-0 against the Proteas. In 2016, New Zealand came to India and lost all three of the three-Test series. That same year, India beat England 4-0 in a five-Test series on home soil. Bangladesh came to India in 2016 and played a test, which India also won. India then beat Australia 2-1 in a four-Test series in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. India beat Sri Lanka 1-0 in a three-Test series on home soil at the end of the year.
The trend of winning the series continues
India whitewashed the West Indies in a two-Test series on home soil at the end of that year after losing to Afghanistan in a lone Test led by Ajinkya Rahane in 2016. After touring India in 2019, South Africa returned to whitewash in a three-Test series. In the same year, Bangladesh toured India and lost the two-Test series 0-2. Virat Kohli’s side have won the remaining three Tests of the series despite England winning the first Test on a tour of India this year. India need 5 wickets to win the Mumbai Test against New Zealand and continue the winning streak on home soil.