Shreyas Iyer’s maiden Test hundred on the second day of the ongoing Kanpur Test helped India post a huge total of 345 in the first innings. However, the visitors left no stone unturned to frustrate the Indian bowlers with a resolute batting show. New Zealand posted 129 for no loss at stumps on Day 2 with both the openers – Tom Latham (50*) and Will Young (75*) returning with half-centuries. The visitors trail by 216 runs.
The day began with some phenomenal stroke play from Iyer after India resumed innings at 258 for 4. The Mumbai cricketer became the sixteenth Indian to score a century on his debut match. Iyer went after pacer Kyle Jamieson in the morning session as he smoked 22 runs off just 19 balls to notch the three figures inside the first 30 minutes of the second day’s play. He also only the second Indian to score a century on debut game in Kanpur after G Vishwanath.
India vs New Zealand, 1st Test, Day Highlights
While Iyer held the fort at one end, Kiwi pacer Tim Southee wreaked havoc at the other as he went on to pick up a five-wicket haul. The right-arm quick began the carnage by knocking over Ravindra Jadeja (50) and then dismissed the liked of Wriddhima Saha (1), Axar Payel (3) and Iyer (105).
Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, along with Umesh Yadav, showed a bit of resistance at the end of the first session and were successful to innings post-lunch. However, the partnership didn’t last long as spinner Ajaz Patel scalped the remaining two wickets, restricting the hosts to 345.
Ashwin was clean up by the Kiwi spinner on 38 while Ishant Sharma was the final wicket who fell for a five-ball duck.
New Zealand openers Tom Latham and Will Young might have looked a bit nervous at the beginning but their grit against the home attack was commendable. After a wobbly and slow start, the duo went on to slam their respective half-centuries while the hosts kept on toiling hard for a wicket for the entire one-and-a-half session.
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The home team bowlers appealed thrice for leg-before to get rid of Latham and the umpires even obliged by raising his finger. But the Kiwi opener was fortunate enough to turn down the decision as he had edged the ball on all the three occasions. Each time he was given out, he was quick to take a review and the umpire had to reverse their decision. After getting three lives, the left-hander remained unbeaten on 50 off 165 deliveries and will resume the innings at 129 for 0 on Saturday.
Young, on the other hand, also showcased an impressive piece of batting. In just the fourth Test of his career, the right-hander smashed 12 boundaries and returned unbeaten on 75 off 180 balls. He faced 180 balls and batted at an decent strike-rate of 41.67.
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