India vs New Zealand 1st Test, Day 3 : When Ravindra Jadeja picked 3 wickets in an over and changed the game for his side



On Day 3 of the first test being played at the Green Park, Kanpur, it was an Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja who steal the show by picking up his 5th five-wicket haul in Test cricket.

The left-arm spinner first trapped Kiwi batsman Ross Taylor in front with his straighter ball on the early morning in the first session of the third day.

Jadeja after few overs of New Zealand innings, came over the wicket and removed well settled Luke Ronchi.

But actually the game changed into team India’s favour in the 95th over of the innings, when the Saurashtra spinner turned the Kiwi batsman on his fingers.

Jadeja first trapped wicket-keeper batsman Mark Craig in front of the wickets to get his third wicket and then dismissed Ish Sodhi leg before wicket (lbw) of the very next ball to find himself on a hat-trick.

But the new batsman Trent Boult defended the ball and prevented Jadeja from picking up his first hat-trick. Off the final ball of the over, however, Boult tried to defend but failed to come forward fully and as a result, the ball caught the inside-edge and it was taken by Rohit Sharma at silly point, which completed the five-wicket haul for the left-arm spinner.

By picking 3 wickets in that over, the all-rounder played a vital role in the Indian bowling unit and therefore, team India managed to get a lead of crucial 56 runs in the first innings.

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