India reached 258/4 on Day 1 of the first Test against New Zealand. Shreyas Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja put their side in a strong position with an unbeaten solid 113-run partnership for the fifth wicket. Debutant Shreyas Iyer (75*) read the conditions and played well to hit his maiden half-century. Jadeja (50*) got to his 17th Test half-century with sensible batting. Bad light forced early stumps on Day 1.
The duo rebuilt the Indian innings after the Kiwis reduced them to 145/4. New Zealand bowlers were simply exceptional with their line and lengths. The Kiwis’ pacers troubled the Indian batters, especially Kyle Jamieson made it more difficult for the Indian openers. Jamieson kept hitting probing lines and lengths consistently. Finally, he was rewarded with an early wicket of Mayank Agarwal (13) in the 8th over.
Opener Shubman Gill and No.3 batsman Cheteshwar Pujara steadied the Indian ship and kept the scoreboard moving by rotating the strike. Gill showed good composure and played brilliant shots to reach his fourth test fifty. Gill (52) looked very solid to score big, but Jamieson cleaned him with an excellent in-swing delivery. A few moments later, Tim Southee scalped Pujara for 26 with a good out-swinger.
Stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane did not look confident or good to score runs. However, he managed to score 35 runs before Jamieson bowled him. Standing tall at 6 feet 6 inches, Jamieson was the pick of the bowlers for the Kiwis with 3/47. Both Iyer and Jadeja will look to continue the momentum and dominate the Kiwis on Day 2 as well.