How often has it happened that the score-board has became redundant and the light meter readings the only numbers that mattered for an hour of a Test match? On a gloomy Kanpur day and on a dreary Green Park pitch, India and New Zealand managed to play out one of the most riveting drawn Test matches on Monday.
Chasing an improbable target of 284, World Test champions New Zealand had their two players of Indian origin — debutant Rachin Ravindra and No. 11 Ajaz Patel — brave the wicked last-session pitch and three accomplished spinners — hurling absolute darts and spears with the second new ball — for 40 minutes when the umpires finally decided it was too dark to play on. They kept checking the light metre after every over for almost 20 minutes, as the sun played hide and seek through the smattering of clouds.
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