IND vs NZ 1st Test, Day 1: India pulled out an impressive show on Day 1 of the first test as Debutant Shreyas Iyer & Ravindra Jadeja’s stunning fifties helped India to register a gleaming 258 for 4 at the stumps. Kyle Jamieson once again proved to be a nightmare for Indian batters as he scalped three out of four wickets which helped New Zealand to make a statement despite losing the toss.
Kyle Jamieson created havoc with the ball by first removing Mayank Agarwal right in his first over & further added two more wickets in his kitty during the second session removing both Shubman Gill & Ajinkya Rahane from the crease.
Both the teams have opted for three spinners on a pitch that was slow in nature. As the match progressed the pitch offered enough turn & low bounce to help the bowlers have an upper hand over the batters. New Zealand pacers were good enough with the ball to get some early breakthroughs for their side.
The pair of Tim Southee & Kyle Jamieson were on toes to trouble the batters throughout their innings. Southee moved ahead to remove Shubman Gill for an LBW while Jamieson got better of Agarwal by removing him for 13 runs. Jamieson’s tight bowling kept India in control during the first hour of play as he gave away just 12 runs in six overs with one wicket gone for Indis.
However, the introduction of spin attack helped the ‘spin loving’ India go easy in their run-scoring despite turns & bounce being offered. Shubman Gill smashed Ajaz Patel for boundaries to inject momentum into the innings. With Cheteshwar Pujara heading strong for India, the duo put up an unbeaten 61 run stand. But in the first over after lunch, Shubman Gill fell prey to New Zealand’s bowling attack to provide the Balck Caps a boost. Soon the visitors got another breakthrough when Tim Southee removed Pujara for 26. But with Rahane & Iyer on the crease India’s innings were on track.
Tim Southee’s reverse spells were troubling Indian batters but soon he suffered a niggle in the 11th over & walked off the field. Tim Southee’s dispersal added pressure on New Zealand’s bowlers especially Jamieson. But Kyle Jamieson why batters fear his ‘fiery spell’ by getting Ajinkya Rahane for 35 leaving India precariously poised at 145/4.
Shreyas Iyer & jadeja then paved the way for India’s mammoth total by tearing apart New Zeaalnd’s fiery pace attack. The duo smashed all the three spinners with ease & raced away by scoring more than four overs in an over through the final session of Day 1. Debutant Shreyas Iyer brought up hsi maiden test fifty & became the 30th Indian to hit a half-century on debut while Jadeja raced to an another tets 50 by smahsing some qucikm boundaries. Shreyas Iyer’s unbetaen 75 & Ravindra Jadeja’s 50 were crucial in taking India to a respectable total of 258 at stumps.
India 258/4 (Shreyas Iyer 75*, Shubman Gill 52, Ravindra Jadeja 50*; Jamieson 3-47) vs New Zealand.