After dominating India on the Day 2 of the first Test match at Green Park, Kanpur, New Zealand started Day 3 on a positive note. Even though they lost Will Young inside the first hour of the play, but they made sure they do not let momentum fall towards India and kept them under the pressure but the hosts bounced back to remove Kiwi skipper just at the stroke of Lunch.
Resuming the innings with an overnight score of 129/0, New Zealand openers Will Young and Tom Latham continued from where they left. Though the duo survived some tough chances they kept ticking the scorecard and registered the 150-plus runs for the opening partnership.
Just when it looked that Indian bowlers were getting frustrated, R Ashwin provided them with a crucial breakthrough of Will young for 89 runs. After the wicket of Young, the duo of Tom Latham and Kane Williamson joined hands and made sure they kept ticking the scoreboard.
The duo though survived some chances but they did well to hang in for their 45-run partnership but just at the stroke of Lunch, Umesh Yadav trapped skipper Kane Williamson in LBW for 18 runs.
At Lunch on Day 3, the visitors are 148 runs behind and are 197/2 with Latham unbeaten at 82.
New Zealand opener Will Young looked a class apart in the first innings for his team in Kanpur. Opening the batting, the right-handed batter first negotiated the crucial first hour and then cashed on the scoring opportunities to register his half-century and remained unbeaten at 75 at the stumps on Day 2.
Young scored the runs at a quick pace on Day 3 and stitched a 151-run partnership with Tom Latham until he was dismissed by R Ashwin for 89 runs. The bowlers bowled a flatter delivery outside off stump that didn’t turn much and stayed low and took the outside edge of Young’s bat to send him packing.