Opener Shubman Gill, debutant Shreyas Iyer and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja all shined with the bat as India looked strong with 258/4 on Day 1 of the ongoing first Test against New Zealand at Green Park in Kanpur.
Iyer and Jadeja both scored half-centuries to put India ahead of Black Caps in the final session after the visitors grabbed back to back wickets just before the tea break. Iyer and Jaddu put together an unbeaten partnership of 113 runs for the fifth wicket before the umpires called for early stumps due to bad light.
Iyer, who was on his debut in the longest format, cashed in the opportunity and batted extremely well. He remained unbeaten on 75 with the help of seven fours and two sixes. Along with the Mumbaikar batter, Jadeja was also batting on 50 not out with the help of six boundaries.
Earlier, Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson provided New Zealand with quick breakthroughs. While Southee dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara (26), Jamieson got rid of Mayank Agarwal (13) and captain Ajinkya Rahane (35).
Gill batted well at the top and scored yet another half-century of his career before Jamieson cleaned him up.
“Not a huge amount going on. Found some swing early and it was up and down a little bit. Hardly played the last couple of months. Nice to get back onto the park. Hopefully, the new ball swings a little bit in the morning and we can get them. India fraction ahead I think. We hung around pretty well. Need a good start in the morning,” said Jamieson after the end of the day’s play.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Good start to the test career @ShreyasIyer15 👊
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) November 25, 2021
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) November 25, 2021
Jadeja’s batting transformation is all about a clear Gameplan and the commitment-belief of sticking with it for as long as possible. What an incredible value-addition in the whites. #IndvNZ
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 25, 2021
STUMPS on Day 1 of the 1st Test.
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 25, 2021
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 25, 2021
There it is ⚔️⚔️⚔️ love to see it! This Sir Jaddu and Shreyas partnership’s made this innings so exciting. #INDvNZ
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) November 25, 2021
— Chennai Super Kings – Mask P😷du Whistle P🥳du! (@ChennaiIPL) November 25, 2021
Iyer 🤝 Jadeja
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) November 25, 2021
🇮🇳🏏 THAT’S IT FROM DAY 1! Iyer and Jadeja added 104 runs in the final session to put us in a good position at the end of day’s play.
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) November 25, 2021
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