Team India wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha did not take the field on the final day of the first Test between India and New Zealand. The 37-year-old has been struggling with a stiff neck since Day 3. KS Bharat will take over the glove work from his senior compatriot.
Saha played a vital hand with the bat in the second innings. He struck a gritty fifty and shared a significant partnership with Shreyas Iyer and Axar Patel to help post a 284 run target for the visitors. He ended up unbeaten on 61 off 126 deliveries with 4 fours and a six.
In New Zealand’s second innings, which began late on Day 4, Saha left the field after keeping wickets for a couple of overs before KS Bharat took over.
“Wriddhiman Saha felt stiffness in his neck while keeping in the second innings. It was affecting his movement while wicket-keeping. KS Bharat will keep wickets in his absence on Day 5,” said the BCCI in a statement.
India struggling to make a breakthrough on Day 5
After ending the day on 14-1, New Zealand required 270 runs to win the Test while India needed 9 wickets. Tom Latham and William Sommerville started the day off and have looked comfortable with India desperately looking for a wicket.
The duo have brought up their 50-run stand and have played out three-quarters of the session. New Zealand are poised at 54-1 after 22 overs.
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