India quick bowler Ishant Sharma achieved an enormous milestone on Sunday when he accomplished a 5-wicket haul on Day three of the the first Test towards New Zealand in Wellington. The proper-arm seamer had dismissed Tom Blundell, Tom Latham and Ross Taylor on Day 2. On Sunday, he dismissed Ross Taylor and Tim Southee to finish his 11th 5-wicket haul in the longest format, as New Zealand have been bundled out for 348, with a lead of 183 over India.
Doing so, Sharma tied with Zaheer Khan on the 2nd place in the list of Indian pacers with most 5-wicket hauls in Tests. While Zaheer had taken 92 Tests to succeed in the mark, Sharma did it in his 97th Test. Only Kapil Dev with 23 5-wicket hauls is greater in the list.
He additionally surpassed Bhagwat Chandrasekhar and Zaheer Khan to turn into the bowler with third most-5 wicket hauls in away Tests. Sharma had achieved the milestone 9 occasions in his profession now. Only Kapil Dev (12) and Anil Kumble (10) are greater in the lists.
Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson and Trent Boult counter-attacked to assist New Zealand submit 348 at lunch on the third day of the primary check after India’s tempo bowlers had grabbed two early wickets on the Basin Reserve on Sunday.
De Grandhomme (43) and Jamieson placed on 71 runs earlier than the tall tempo bowler was caught for 44, however their partnership ensured New Zealand constructed a wholesome 183-run first-innings lead after India have been dismissed for 165 on Saturday.
Boult was the final man out, with the session prolonged by 30 minutes because the final pair have been on the wicket, for an entertaining 38 from 24 balls with Ajaz Patel left on 4 not out.
(With inputs from Reuters)