First Test: Iyer and Jadeja take over after Jamison’s dismissal

Highlights:

  • Shreyas Iyer’s half-century in the first Test of his career, Jadeja and Gile also hit half-centuries
  • At the end of the first day, India scored 258 for four, Shreyas Iyer 75 and Ravindra Jadeja 50.
  • For New Zealand, Kyle James was three wickets quick, a success for Tim Southee

With the help of brilliant half-centuries from Shreyas Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja, who are playing their first Tests of their careers, India have made a solid start against New Zealand on the first day of the first Test cricket match starting today. At the end of the first day, India scored 258 for four. Shreyas Iyer (75) and Ravindra Jadeja (50) are in the game at the end of the day. The two batsmen have an unbeaten 113-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

Mayank failed, Shubhaman swallowed half a century
In the first Test starting today in Kanpur, the Indian team is without star players like skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul and Jaspreet Bumrah. In Kohli’s absence, acting skipper Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and elected to bat first. Mayank Agarwal and Shubhaman Gill were responsible for the opening. However, Kyle James gave India the first blow by dismissing Mayank cheaply. Mayank was dismissed for 13. However, Shubhaman Gill later showed great play and scored a half century. Gill hit 52 off 93 balls with five fours and a six.

Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane could not play big innings
Cheteshwar Pujara came in to bat after Mayank was dismissed. He batted in his estimation and took time to set up at the crease. However, he could not play big innings after being set. Similarly, skipper Ajinkya Rahane also failed to play big innings. The form of both the batsmen has been under discussion for some time now. Pujara was dismissed for 26 off 88 balls with two fours while Rahane hit 35 off 63 balls with six fours.

Iyer and Jadeja took over after Jamison’s dismissal
Kyle did not allow James to make the Indian top order more successful. He picked up important wickets of Mayank Agarwal, Shubhaman Gill and Ajinkya Rahane. India lost the top four wickets for 145 runs. However, Shreyas Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja, who were playing the first Test later, took over. The duo batted patiently and did not allow the Kiwi bowlers to be more successful in the day.

Due to the absence of Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer got a chance to make his Test debut and he has taken advantage of this opportunity. He has scored half a century in the first innings of the first Test of his career. At the end of the day, Iyer was in the game with 75 off 136 balls with seven fours and two sixes. While the experienced Jadeja at the opposite end also batted brilliantly. Ravindra Jadeja is in the game with 50 off 100 balls with six fours. For New Zealand, James had three wickets and Tim Southee had one.

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