All-time classic nail-biter leaves cricket world in awe

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New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has praised the "old schoolhouse Test cricket" connected show arsenic the Kiwis held connected for a thrilling gully against India successful Kanpur.

Needing 284 for triumph connected the last day, New Zealand finished connected 9/165, with the past brace of Rachin Ravindra and Ajaz Patel surviving for 52 balls earlier atrocious airy brought an aboriginal extremity to the match.

Ravindra, the 22-year-old connected Test debut, faced 91 balls for his 18, keeping the Indian spinners, led by Ravi Jadeja (4-40) and Ravichandran Ashwin (3-35), astatine bay.

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"It was aged schoolhouse trial cricket, trying to bat retired a time and past which isn't seen each that often successful caller years," Williamson said.

"It was bully amusive and bully to travel distant with the gully successful the end.

"That's the quality of trial cricket wherever determination tin beryllium excitement successful the draw."

Williamson himself faced 112 balls for 24, portion nightwatchman Will Somerville occupied the crease for 110 balls for 36, and opener Tom Latham faced 146 balls successful compiling 52.

Australian stars Glenn Maxwell and David Warner were among those to tweet their appreciation of specified a tense draw.

"How bully is Test cricket," Warner wrote.

"Five days, pugnacious cricket played by some teams and it ends successful a draw. That's wherefore we emotion it."

India celebrates the wicket of New Zealand's Kane Williamson connected the last time of the archetypal Test. (AP)

It's New Zealand's 10th consecutive Test lucifer without defeat, an all-time grounds for that country.

The Kiwis haven't mislaid since being defeated by Australia successful Sydney successful January 2020, since past winning 8 and drafting 2 matches.

"Coming into the time we were alert that each 3 results were possible," Williamson said.

"Having said that determination was a batch of hard enactment to bash to springiness yourself a accidental to pursuit versus trying to pursuit excessively aboriginal and uncovering yourselves successful a sticky position. It was a substance of trying to instrumentality the time deep. And if we were adjacent we would person had a ace if we were successful the close position. But we weren't successful the end.

"India were capable to enactment america nether unit passim the sessions. Scoring was pugnacious to travel by, and determination was a batch of navigating debased bounce and balls that spun and those benignant of things.

"If things unfold ideally, past it would person been large to effort and get adjacent to the desired result. Having said that, I deliberation going done that 2nd session, it was rapidly disconnected the cards. Then we saw a batch of contributions from the guys wherever they truly knuckled down and fought hard to get a gully successful the end. That was the adjacent champion happening for us."

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