Newbie Shreyas recalled that Gill shines for India

NEW DELHI: Newbie Shreyas Iyer and recalled opener Shubman Gill hit half centuries to help India overcome Kyle Jamieson’s formidable bowling display and display 258-4 in the opening test against New Zealand in Kanpur Thursday.

While Gill’s 52 helped India overcome early loss to opener Mayank Agarwal, Iyer’s undefeated 75 prevented New Zealand from taking control of the contest after Jamieson won three top-notch wickets on the opening day.

Ravindra Jadeja also helped himself to an unbeaten 50 after raising 113 points with Iyer for the burgeoning fifth wicket stand.

The dry, brown pitch at Green Park Stadium had prompted both sides to pack three spinners, but it was Jamieson who impressed the ball the most on a slow track.

“Hopefully the new ball wobbles a bit in the morning and we can grab some wickets,” Jamieson (3-47) told broadcasters after the day’s game.

“India is probably a fraction ahead, but we did well to have them four.”

With several front row players, including regular captain Virat Kohli resting or recovering, India have lined up a new opening pair after choosing to strike on a foggy morning in the northern Indian city.

Jamieson drew the first blood, dismissing Agarwal taken behind for 13, but Gill had a longer and eventful stay.

The 22-year-old was falsely tried lbw before he could even open his account, a decision which had to be overturned after reruns confirmed an inside advantage before the ball hit the pad.

Gill, then six, was also lucky when Ajaz Patel’s half-hearted appeal against him was rejected.

New Zealand were left on the streets without reviewing the decision as subsequent reruns confirmed the ball would have continued to hit the middle stump.

Gill hit Patel for a six en route to his fifty and his second stand with Cheteshwar Pujara, who made 26, was 61 when Jamieson hit.

The massive crimper sent Gill back in the first round after lunch when the opener dragged a good-length ball from outside the stump onto his stumps.

Substitute Indian skipper Ajinkya Rahane fell to Jamieson similarly after 35 years.

Iyer almost sank into the depths trying to score his first tries, but quickly found a safer way to do it.

He hit two limits of six and seven and stayed on track for a century in his first test heats.

The test teams last met in June when New Zealand triumphed in the World Test Championship final. – Reuters

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