Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Iyer, Jadeja lift India after impressive Jamieson show. Iyer and Jadeja made unbeaten 113 for the fifth wicket.
Iyer and Jadeja made unbeaten 113 for the fifth wicket.
Debutant Shreyas Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja hit fifties and put on an unbeaten 113-run stand for the fifth wicket that pulled India out from a spot of bother. India ended the opening day with 258 for 4 on the board before bad light ensured play was called off after 84 overs. Kyle Jamieson proved to be a thorn in India's flesh yet again, as he picked up three of the four wickets that helped New Zealand make a telling statement despite losing the toss.
Jamieson had Mayank Agarwal caught behind in his first spell in the morning, and added two more in the second session, getting both Shubman Gill and Ajinkya Rahane bowled on a pitch that had some uneven bounce.
Both teams had gone in with three spinners on a pitch that bore a dry look, with cracks. And as the day progressed, there was enough signs of turn and low bounce right through to keep all the bowlers interested. But it was New Zealand's pacers that called the shots early on a hazy morning. Both Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson found just about enough movement to trouble the batters.
Southee, in fact, had Gill adjudged LBW in just the third over but the decision was overturned on review because of a clear inside edge. Jamieson got the ball to move away and past the bat a few times before he had Agarwal nicking behind on 13. His opening spell of 1 for 12 in six overs kept India in check during the first hour of play.
However, with the spinners getting introduced, India found the going a little easier despite there being some turn on offer straightaway. Gill lofted and cut Ajaz Patel for boundaries as he injected some momentum into the innings. With Cheteshwar Pujara, lending a solid hand, India made steady progress as the duo put on an unbeaten 61-run stand. Gill had a slice of luck early when New Zealand failed to appeal or review an LBW possibility which could have seen the end of him on just 6. Instead, he remained unbeaten on 52 at Lunch.
But in the first over after Lunch, Gill got an inside edge onto the stumps to give New Zealand a boost. It got better for the visitors soon after, when Tim Southee had Pujara poking and nicking behind for 26. It began a nervy period of play for India where Rahane survived an LBW review and debutant Shreyas Iyer got off the mark despite a miscued loft that fell beyond mid off. The duo steadied the innings briefly, despite a testing spell of reverse swing from Southee.
But with Southee walking off midway through his 11th over with a niggle, there was added pressure on New Zealand and Jamieson. But they got over that again with Jamieson getting Rahane to chop on for 35, leaving India precariously poised at 145/4.
Iyer and Jadeja then staved off any threat from the pacers, with Southee returning in the final session. Thereafter, the duo were at ease against all three spinners, and raced away at more than four an over through the final session. Iyer first brought up his fifty while battling a negative line from Ajaz Patel, and Jadeja raced to his with quick boundaries against the second new ball. The duo ensured that India ended the day, which was brought to an early end under fading light, in a position to dictate terms in the match.
Brief scores: India 258/4 (Shreyas Iyer 75*, Shubman Gill 52, Ravindra Jadeja 50*; Jamieson 3-47) vs New Zealand.