Iyer hits century on debut but New Zealand’s openers retaliate

KANPUR: Kiwi openers put on an unbeaten 100-runs partnership at stumps of day two, kept the game in balance.

In reply to India’s 345, Kiwi openers, Tom Latham and Will Young provided a solid start to their side as both the opening batters hit half-centuries. Left-handed Kiwi opener Tom Latham scored 50 not-out and Will Young is on the crease with an unbeaten 75.

Earlier in the day, India resumed their innings from 258/4, left-handed all-rounder – Ravindra Jadeja and the debutant – Shreyas Iyer started the proceedings for them on day two. Jadeja perished early but Iyer stood firm, played a brilliant knock to score century on debut and became only the 16th Indian batter to achieve this feat.

Ashwin also played a wonderful innings and scored 38 useful runs for the team. Soon after Ashwin got castled by Ajaz Patel, Indian batting tail was not able to resist much in front of the Kiwi bowlers and India got bowled out for a decent total of 345.

Tim Southee was the stand-out bowler for the Kiwis as the bowler bags a five–for. Kyle Jamieson took three wickets and Ajaz Patel took two wickets.

Playing XI:

India: Akinkya Rahane (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Latham, Will Young, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell (wicket-keeper), Rachin Ravindra, Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel, Kyle Jamieson and Will Somerville.