Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Gill resists as Jamieson leads New Zealand's fight. Jamieson had Mayank Agarwal caught behind in his first spell in the morning.
Jamieson had Mayank Agarwal caught behind in his first spell in the morning.
Kyle Jamieson proved to be thorn in India's flesh yet again, as he picked up three wickets to keep New Zealand fighting 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 1-12 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.
Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja saw off the rest of the session despite sustained pressure.
Brief scores: India154/4 (Shubman Gill 52; Jamieson 3-38) vs New Zealand.