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PHOTOS, 1st Test, Day 3: India take charge after Kiwi meltdown

Last updated on: September 24, 2016 17:41 IST

Images from Day 3 of the first Test between India and New Zealand in Kanpur, on Saturday:

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Ravindra Jadeja

IMAGE: Ravindra Jadeja, left, celebrates with Virat Kohli after taking the wicket of New Zealand's Luke Ronchi. Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters.

Spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin made the most of a turning pitch in Kanpur to rip through New Zealand as India racked up a commanding 215-run lead on day three of the first Test on Saturday.

Jadeja claimed his fifth five-wicket haul in tests and Ashwin dismissed four frontline batsmen as New Zealand squandered a strong start, losing their last five wickets for seven runs to be all out for 262 and concede a 56-run first- innings lead.

Murali Vijay

IMAGE: Murali Vijay of India raises his bat after scoring 50 runs during Day 3 of the first Test match held at the Green Park stadium, in Kanpur, on Saturday. Photograph: BCCI.

India scored freely to consolidate their position in the first match of the three-test series, reaching 159 for one at stumps with Murali Vijay (64) and Cheteshwar Pujara (50) at the crease.

Cheteshwar Pujara

IMAGE: Cheteshwar Pujara of India bats during Day 3 of the first Test match. Photograph: BCCI.

The pair added 107 runs for the second wicket and never looked in trouble against New Zealand's three-pronged spin attack, cutting with control and pulling with panache.

KL Rahul

IMAGE:  BJ Watling of New Zealand trying to out KL Rahul of India during Day 3 of the first Test held at the Green Park stadium, in Kanpur, on Saturday. Photograph: BCCI.

Opener Lokesh Rahul (38) fell to Ish Sodhi just before tea, but Vijay and Pujara registered their second individual fifties of the match.

Murali Vijay

IMAGE:Murali Vijay of India bats. Photograph: BCCI.

Home captain Virat Kohli opted for spin from both ends to start the third day and New Zealand were soon robbed of the slight advantage they held after resuming on 152 for one in reply to India's 318.

Ravindra Jadeja

IMAGE: Ravindra Jadeja of India celebrates the wicket of Ish Sodhi of New Zealand during Day 3 of the first Test match held at the Green Park stadium, in Kanpur, on Saturday. Photograph: BCCI.

Off-spinner Ashwin provided the breakthrough by drifting one into Tom Latham's (58) front pad for an lbw decision to end the left-hander's 124-run partnership with his captain Kane Williamson.

Ravindra Jadeja

IMAGE: Ravindra Jadeja of India celebrates the wicket of Mark Craig of New Zealand. Photograph: BCCI.

Jadeja struck in the next over, dismissing Ross Taylor lbw for a duck with a delivery that appeared to sliding down the leg side, but there was no such ambiguity when Ashwin clean bowled Williamson (75) with a ripper three overs later.

Ross Taylor

IMAGE: Ravindra Jadeja of India celebrates the wicket of Ross Taylor of New Zealand, in Kanpur, on Saturday. Photograph: BCCI.

India's premier spinner pitched it slightly short and considerably outside the off-stump, prompting Williamson to rock back in an attempt to punch it through the covers but the ball spun spitefully to breach the right-hander's defence.

Kane Williamson Captain of New Zealand is bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin

IMAGE: Kane Williamson is bowled by India’s Ravichandran Ashwin during Day 3 of the first Test match, in Kanpur, on Saturday. Photograph: BCCI.

Jadeja dismissed Mark Craig and Sodhi off successive deliveries. The left-arm spinner could not complete a hat-trick but claimed a third wicket of the over when he dismissed Trent Boult.

Luke Ronchi of New Zealand plays a shot

IMAGE: Luke Ronchi of New Zealand plays a shot. Photograph: BCCI.

Luke Ronchi (38) added 49 with Mitchell Santner (32) but fell to a debatable leg before decision after Jadeja trapped him with a dipping delivery which may have been missing off-stump.

Team India celebrates the wicket of Kane Williamson

IMAGE: Team India celebrates the wicket of Kane Williamson, captain of New Zealand during Day 3 of the first Test, held at the Green Park stadium, Kanpur, on Saturday. Photograph: BCCI.

Ashwin caught BJ Watling (21) off his own bowling to end New Zealand's resistance and ensure the tourists will face the daunting task of batting in the fourth innings on a track offering significant spin.

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