There was a lengthy discussion between the referees on the court and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson after a sustained round of bowling far outside the leg of Ajaz Patel.
New Zealand started the day well, limiting India to 145-4, but India fought back through Shreya’s Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja, who added 113 undefeated runs to give the hosts the initiative.
The pair were particularly energetic in the final session, scoring to 3.71 runs per. over after tea, where Williamson resorted to trying to keep the running speed down. Patel was the bowler who was encouraged to do so and he kept his line well outside the stump as the other new ball approached.
“You have to target the left pillow like a line,” Murali Kartik said in the commentary, explaining the Black Caps’ tactics before Patel strayed far beyond the stump. “It simply came to our notice then. Becomes? None.”
After some more extensive bowling, the referees intervened.
“Finally, Virender Sharma has a talk with Kane Williamson, with the line that Ajaz Patel has bowled,” Kartik added.
“He’s a good judge, too,” said Simon Doull. “A polite word. ‘What’s the plan? If it consists of bowling just outside the stump, I can accept that, but if it gets too wide, I call it wide. Just tell you.’ I think he’s a very good judge. “
There was some criticism of the tactics on social media, with the expert and former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra calling New Zealand’s bowling “negative”.
It must be wide. Negative line. #IndvNZ
– Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 25, 2021
Talks with Williamson continued even after the end of Patel’s over, but no broads were canceled during the day.