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Shreyas Iyer scored a ton on Test debut
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New Zealand hit back!
The openers and Tim Southee helped New Zealand wrest back the advantage on Day 2 of their first Test versus India.
When the day began, with the score reading 258 for 4, India seemed to have the upper hand. However, their plans of dominating the Test was upended by Southee's guile and discipline. The experienced paceman tactically outplayed one batter after another to bag his second five-wicket haul in Tests in India.
Ravi Jadeja, who had shared a crucial hundred plus stand with Shreyas Iyer on Day 1, was the first of his victims for the day. From round the wicket, Southee employed the inward angle to sow the seeds of doubt in the batter's mind. He also provided the finishing touches to his plan by knocking over the all-rounder with the three-quarter seam ball. Wriddhiman Saha didn't last long as he too fell to Southee. The 32-year-old then bagged the prized wicket of Shreyas Iyer by tempting him to drive it to covers. Southee wasn't done yet as he also prised out Axar Patel with another of his three-quarter seam deliveries.
The key to Southee's success was he used his tried and tested weapon – three-quarter ball – to exploit the little bit of uneven bounce on offer. In between, he also generated enough outswing to keep his opponents guessing. Ajaz Patel followed up Southee's efforts by picking up the last two wickets to fall to wrap up the innings for 345. On the other hand, Iyer's ton on Test debut was a bright spot for the home team. The middle order batter started the day with positive intent and soon reached the coveted three-figure mark with a double off Kyle Jamieson.
Despite bowling India out for a score of less than 350, New Zealand still had to wade through a couple of sessions on a track where the odd ball was staying low. The duo of Latham and Young did just that and steered them to the stumps. On a slow pitch, the pair stuck to their plan of playing an attritional brand of cricket and waited for the loose delivery. Young was the more aggressive of the two as he skipped down the track and also employed the sweep to frustrate the spinners. Both Latham and Young were also sure-footed in their defence by either moving right back or taking a good stride forward as the pair reached their respective fifties.
During the course of their unbeaten alliance, the opening pair also had a few narrow escapes. Latham in particular survived a couple of LBW decisions which he got overturned via the DRS. On both occasions, it was clear that he had eked out an inside edge. Just before the umpires decided the light wasn't good enough for further play, Latham was adjudged to have edged one behind. However, he once again got it reversed through the review system.
By the fag end of the day, India's lead spinner – Ravi Ashwin – also seemed to be in his groove as he got a few to rip off the surface. The Indian camp would hope for the spin trio of Ashwin, Jadeja and Axar Patel to extract more bite out of the surface on Day 3. For now though the New Zealand camp would be the happier side of the two.
Ominous signs for hosts
New Zealand reached the three-figure mark with Latham essaying his trademark sweep off Jadeja. Ominous signs for the home side. In desperation, India even took a review for an LBW against Young but it was clearly going down leg.
Fifty for Young
It is his second in Tests and well-deserved for an impressive effort with the bat so far. It is his first innings on Indian soil, and he's shown good skills so far to counter spin and the low bounce on view.
Young, Latham whittle away
In what turned out to be an attritional afternoon session, New Zealand went into the Tea break unscathed at 72 for 0. On a track where the occasional delivery is keeping low, Tom Latham and Will Young showed the required batting aptitude to wade through a tricky phase.
During the course of the session, the duo also faced a few hiccups. In the third over, Ishant Sharma rapped Latham on the pads and convinced the umpire to adjudge the batter LBW. Just that the southpaw got the decision overturned via the review system, with replays showing that he had eked out an inside edge.
Ajinkya Rahane then turned towards Ashwin to break the stubborn stand. Young, though, played with positive intent as he brought out the sweep and skipped down the track to collect boundaries. Latham too looked busy at the crease, as the pair also picked up runs in a diet of singles and twos. At that juncture, India had something to cheer about when Latham was given out LBW, only for the southpaw to review the decision successfully for the second time in the game. Replays clearly indicated an inside edge.
Thesaintsword @Thesaintsword1 @Fancricket12 A very cautious start from the Kiwis, they know that the new ball can be lethal and they don't wanna make early inroads for the Indian bowlers. 07:46 AM • Nov 11, 2021
DRS to the rescue
Another inside edge not spotted by the umpire(s). Latham reviewed the LBW decision immediately and got it overturned. Without the edge, it could have been curtains for Latham. Ishant was the bowler on that occasion.
India bowled out for 345
And there is that big wicket. Ajaz dislodged Ashwin with a delivery that turned from the footmarks. Also an an encouraging sign for Ashwin and India's spinners. He also provided the finishing touches by sending Umesh back to the hut.
India bowled out for 345.
At the moment, the match is in the balance. Having said that New Zealand still have to bat well against India's spinners.
When Axar was dismissed, India seemed to be in danger of being snuffed out before the Lunch break. However, Ravi Ashwin guided the side to the break in the company of Umesh Yadav. New Zealand may rue the missed stumping chance in the 97th over that gave Ashwin a reprieve. Ajaz Patel was the unlucky bowler. With the track showing signs of staying low, the tourists would look to pick up the last two wickets as quickly as possible after Lunch.
Southee has been in terrific form today. The experienced pacer, who seemed to be down with a bit of niggle yesterday, has employed the away-swinger with a couple of his variations to bring New Zealand right back in the game. Axar is the latest to fall to his bowling smarts as he edged one behind off a three-quarter seam ball, with Southee bagging his second five-wicket haul in India.
END OF A FINE KNOCK:Shreyas Iyer departs for 105 as Southee picks up his fourth wicket. The debutant looked to drive a length delivery on the up through cover but ended up giving a catch to Will Young. India are 305/7.
Johns. @CricCrazyJohns Injured, Missed out IPL 2021 first half, lost the captaincy in Delhi Capitals, Sri Lanka tour (should have lead the team), was not part of the 15 member squad of T20 WC 2021 then to hundred on his Test debut – the journey of Shreyas Iyer in 2021. 04:44 AM • Nov 11, 2021
Hundred on debut!
Memorable day for Iyer! He has become the 16th Indian to achieve the landmark of scoring a Test ton on debut. He completed the milestone with a double and kissed his Indian badge. The middle order batter has played with freedom on day 2, cracking a slew of shots.
Meanwhile, Southee continued to bowl with wicket-taking nous as he dislodged Saha with a tempter outside off. The veteran bowled from wide of the crease which sowed the seeds of doubt.
For a while, Southee troubled Jadeja with the inward angle and a hint of movement. He had a close lbw shout turned down with the New Zealand side taking the review. However, the ball-tracker indicated umpire's call.
Eventually, Southee was rewarded for his persistence, with Jadeja chopping one onto the stumps. The good sign for India? It seemed to keep a tad low.
Bharath Ramaraj @Fancricket12 In, in, in… and then out. That is the way to go v Jadeja. Southee has started well. In England, Anderson went his trademark style – out, out, out, out and then in v Jadeja. Jadeja plays close to the body and doesn't push. 04:06 AM • Nov 11, 2021
BCCI @BCCI Will the debutant @ShreyasIyer15 get to the three-figure mark on Day 2 ? LIVE action coming up shortly from Kanpur. #INDvNZ @Paytm 03:40 AM • Nov 11, 2021
The track is on the slower side with a few keeping low. The relatively cooler weather could help the pace bowlers to swing upfront on Day 2. It is quite hazy at the moment.
Venue – Bangalore.
Date – November 12, 1988.
Time – 10.18 AM.
Sir Richard Hadlee dismissed Arun Lal (Chris Kuggeleijn pouched the catch) to become the highest wicket-taker in Tests.
It was a series where the legendary cricketer made the ball talk at the age of 37 and bagged 18 wickets at an average of just 14. It was also the series where Hadlee piloted New Zealand to a famous win at the Wankhede by snaring a 10-fer in the match.
Incidentally, that memorable victory at the Wankhede was the last time the New Zealand men's team tasted success in the longest format in India. Just over 33 years after Hadlee's heroics in India, New Zealand needed someone who could take up the mantle of keeping the visitors in the game in the unfamiliar climes of India. Enter Kyle Jamieson. The 6'8″ tall pace bowler used his high release to his advantage and moved the ball both ways, alongside hitting the deck hard to pick up three crucial wickets.
Just that despite Jamieson's defining performance, the under-strength Indian side once again showcased their prowess at home by ending the day in the ascendancy at 258 for 4. Shreyas Iyer, on his Test debut, was the man of the moment for the home team. Iyer took a heavy toll on the spinners with cuts and lofts and he found an able ally in Ravi Jadeja. The all-rounder too cracked the cut, punch and the occasional glance to keep the scorecard ticking over. At 145 for 4, New Zealand seemed to have a window of opportunity. But with the score now reading 258 for 4, India seem to hold the aces on a track that could assist the spinners more as the match progresses.
Can Jamieson emulate the legendary Hadlee and make further inroads with the second new ball? Or will the middle and lower-order put the home team in a position of strength? We will have all the action in a while…
Fun Fact: Did you know that Shreyas Iyer is renowned for his magic tricks especially with cards? Recently, he ‘stunned' Mohammed Siraj with one such card trick.