It was supposed to be quick work for India on the fifth morning. With the spinners running loops around the batsmen on a deteriorating pitch, New Zealand stood little chance in fighting the day out. A lot of people here in Kanpur were already planning their day ahead expecting a quick finish. But then of course, just like India would have felt, it is never a wise decision to plan too far ahead.
New Zealand began their vigil at 93 for 4 on an overcast morning with Luke Ronchi on 38 and Mitchell Santner on 8. Yesterday Shane Jurgensen, their bowling coach, had mentioned that they would keep fighting, with a smile. There was no surprise as to who began as favourites on the last day. Anything less than an India win from then on will be seen as an upset and that’s exactly what New Zealand were trying to do. You’ve got to do all that you can to make an opposition earn a win in a Test match and it was superbly demonstrated by Santner, with initial support from Ronchi.