IND vs NZ 1st test, Day 2: despite Shreyas Iyer’s maiden century, Kiwis openers Tom Latham & Will Young seize control on Day 2

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Tom Latham and Will Young scored half-centuries to put the Kiwis in command on Day 2. New Zealand finished at 129/0 and trial India by 216 runs. Earlier, the Kiwis bowled out India for 345 in their first innings. Debutant Shreyas Iyer top-scored 105 runs for team India. Senior pacer Tim Southee was the stand-out performer for the Kiwis with his five-wicket haul. While Kyle Jamieson finished with three wickets, Ajaz Patel picked up two.

Ravindra Jadeja went back to the dressing room without scoring any run on Day 2. Jadeja played Southee onto his stumps. Shreyas Iyer looked good with his shot selections. Iyer showed good determination and dedication to score his maiden century. He became the 16th Indian player to get a debut ton in Tests. A few minutes later, Southee bagged Wriddhiman Saha (1) with a full-length delivery. Saha nicked it to Tom Blundell, who took a good diving catch. 

Southee bowled a brilliant spell and scalped well-set Iyer with a delivery that moved outside off stump. Iyer was early in his drive and the ball went straight into the hands of the cover fielder Young. Southee removed Axar Patel (3) in his next over.

Ravi Ashwin (38) showed some resistance and played some beautiful lofted shots over cover. Patel dismissed Ashwin and Ishant Sharma to finish off the proceedings. Tom Latham (50*) and Will Young (75*) remained unbeaten. Indian bowlers have to deliver their best to get back into the game.

 

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