Fifties from Shreyas Iyer (75*) and Ravindra Jadeja (50*) and their unbeaten 113-run stand for the fifth wicket took India to 258 for four against New Zealand at stumps on Day 1 of the Kanpur Test. Pacer Kyle Jamieson was the most impressive Kiwi bowler on the first day, returning figures of 3 for 47. Get live cricket score updates of 1st Test match between India vs New Zealand. Check live scorecard, ball-by-ball commentary, cricket score online on Times of India.Read Less
Day 1 Session 3 in a nutshell
Debutant Shreyas Iyer was guts, aggression and flair rolled into one during an unbeaten knock of 75, which was nothing short of a baptism by fire, as India ended on 258 for four on the first day of the opening Test against New Zealand in Kanpur on Thursday. On a pitch that had variable bounce and didn't offer enough pace off it, Iyer put his best foot forward while facing 136 balls, hitting seven boundaries and two sixes on his very first day in office in the longest format. Coming in at 106 for 3 at the fall of Cheteshwar Pujara's (26) wicket, the debutant, in another half an hour, found his skipper Ajinkya Rahane's (33) promising knock come to a halt as Kyle Jamieson (15.2-6-47-3) and Tim Southee (16.4-3-43-1) rocked the middle-order in inspiring post-lunch spells. But at 144 for 4, Iyer took charge with senior all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja (50 batting) for company as they resurrected the innings, at the same time batting with a lot of intent to keep the scoreboard ticking. Jadeja scored his 17th Test fifty and did his trademark sword celebrations much to the delight of the crowd. For New Zealand, Jamieson and Southee were the wicket takers on the opening day.
Day 1 Session 3 - India 104 runs | New Zealand 0 wickets
Stumps on Day 1 | India 258/4 after 84 overs
That's it! Stumps on Day 1. The light had deteriorated quite a bit and the umpires have decided that they are done for the day. So, William Somerville bowls the final over of the day. A scintillating 113-run unbeaten partnership between Shreyas Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja takes India to 258/4 at stumps in Day 1. Both the batsmen got to their fifties in the final session but the highlight of the day was Iyer. Playing his debut game and a what a responsible knock he has played. Iyer walks back to the pavilion unbeaten on 75. Jadeja remains not out on 50. Kyle Jamieson finishes the day with figures of 3 for 47.
The light has deteriorated quite a bit and it looks like the umpires have asked Kane Williamson not to bring the pacers into the attack!
Somerville to Shreyas | SIX!
A mammoth strike from Shreyas Iyer over the deep mid-wicket fence. William Somerville lands the ball in Iyer's arc and he wasted no time on that one. Smacks the ball into the stands. IND 258/4 after 83.2 overs
50 up for Ravindra Jadeja
A quick single off Tim Southee and Ravindra Jadeja gets to his 17th Test half-century off 99 balls. A terrific effort from Jadeja. He once again has shown that he is superb with the bat in India along with the ball. The famous sword celebration from Jadeja and he then acknowledges the crowd, raising his bat. IND 251/4 after 82.3 overs
100-run partnership comes up Shreyas Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja for the fifth wicket
FOUR FOUR! Ravindra Jadeja cracks back-to-back boundaries off Kyle Jamieson. The second new ball coming nicely off the bat. Jadeja cracks a couple of fours on either side of the wicket. 100-run partnership also comes up between him and Shreyas Iyer. IND 249/4 after 81.3 overs
Jamieson partners up with Southee!
A tidy first over with the second new ball from Tim Southee. Starts of with a maiden. Kyle Jamieson to share the new ball with him from the other end. IND 241/4 after 81 overs
New Zealand have taken the second new ball!
Right decision from Kane Williamson as nothing was happening with the old ball. The partnership between Shreyas Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja has swollen to 96 and New Zealand have got to break this stand. Tim Southee to have a go with the new cherry first. India 241/4 after 80 overs
India 237/4 after 78 overs
Just 4 runs have come in the last 3 overs. New Zealand looking to slow down the game now. The second new ball is just 2 overs away. Will Kane Williamson go for it straightaway?
Ajaz Patel to Shreyas| SIX!
A cracker of a shot from Shreyas Iyer. Comes down the track against Ajaz Patel and smacks the ball over the long-on fence for his first maximum. 12 runs came of the Ajaz Patel over including a maximum off the last ball. IND 233/4 after 75 overs.
Ajaz Patel to Ravindra Jadeja | FOUR!
Short and wide outside off from Ajaz Patel and Ravindra Jadeja rocks on to the back-foot an comfortably punches the ball in front of square on the off side to add four more to his and India's total. IND 226/4 after 74.2 overs
Drinks break | India 215/4 after 72 overs
A fantastic hour for India as Shreyas Iyer (54*) and Ravindra Jadeja (29*) have steadied the Indian ship with a unbeaten 70-run partnership for the fifth wicket. After a terrific performance in the second session, the Kiwis have underperformed in this final session so far. Drinks are one the field now and Kane Williamson has now somehow got to break this threatening stand. 8 overs are still to go for the second new ball!
Southee to Jadeja | FOUR!
Streaky but Ravindra Jadeja gets a boundary off Tim Southee. A teasing length ball just outside off and Jadeja goes for the drive. Thick outside edge and the ball goes through the huge gap between the keeper and slip. The fielder was almost at fourth slip and their was no one in between. The ball comfortably beats both of them behind the stumps and races to the third-man fence. IND 211/4 after 69.4 overs
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Ajaz Patel to Shreyas | FOUR!
Width on offer from Ajaz Patel and Shreyas Iyer just guides the ball past backward point region to add four more to his and India's total. IND 207/4 after 68.3 overs
50 for Shreyas Iyer!
A terrific knock from the 26-year-old. Cracks his maiden Test fifty in his debut game. A splendid knock from Iyer under pressure. India lost three wickets in the second session but Iyer remained rock-solid at the other end. A 50-plus partnership with Ravindra Jadeja now and Iyer has looked really good today. Gets to his fifty off 94 balls.
50-run partnership comes up between Shreyas Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja for the 5th wicket
India 195/4 after 65.3 overs | Shreyas Iyer 46* | Ravindra Jadeja 17*
Rachin to Shreyas | FOUR! FOUR!
Shreyas Iyer looking to unsettle Rachin Ravindra. Not allowing him to get his length right. Hits the first ball behind point and then lofts the second ball over extra-cover to pick up back-to-back boundaries. Iyer moves to 43. IND 190/4 after 63.3 overs
Somerville to Jadeja | FOUR!
Ravindra Jadeja cracks his second boundary. This time he slaps a William Somerville delivery behind point to end the over with a boundary. IND 176/4 after 61 overs
Ravindra to Shreyas | FOUR!
Streaky from Shreyas Iyer this time as he hits the ball in the air and with not much of a control. The ball just goes wide of short midwicket fielder and gets to the fence. Iyer gets his fourth boundary and moves to 28. IND 168/4 after 59.3 overs