IND v NZ : Day 1, Kanpur Test

India vs New Zealand 1st Test Kanpur Nov 25 - 29 2021 New Zealand Tour of India India 258 for 4 (Iyer 75*, Gill 52, Jadeja 50*, Jamieson 3-47) vs New Zealand

IND v NZ : Day 1, Kanpur Test

Shreyas Iyer scored a debut half-century full of calculated aggression against spin and put on an unbroken 113 for the fifth wicket with Ravindra Jadeja to lift India out of a tricky situation midway through day one and put them in control of the Kanpur Test.

IND v NZ : Day 1, Kanpur Test

At stumps, India were 258 for 4 with Iyer batting on 75, his last scoring shot of the day a muscular six over midwicket off Will Somerville, which convinced New Zealand to go off for bad light rather than bowl more spin to complete the 90-over requirement for the day.

IND v NZ : Day 1, Kanpur Test

That India played only five specialist batters, despite missing Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant, was down in part to the confidence they must have had in their replacements - another of whom, Shubman Gill, stroked a smooth 52 earlier in the day - but also the faith they had in Jadeja's batting ability.

IND v NZ : Day 1, Kanpur Test

Having come in at 145 for 4, Jadeja showed all the hallmarks of the batter he has become over the last three years or so - clear-headed, precise in his shot selection, and unendingly patient outside off stump - as he batted through a wicketless final session in Iyer's company.

IND v NZ : Day 1, Kanpur Test

He needed to be all that, because this wasn't an easy surface to bat on. The bounce was inconsistent, and the odd ball turned and jumped disconcertingly. Both new balls swung too, and the old one reversed just enough for the quicks to have something to work with through the day.

IND v NZ : Day 1, Kanpur Test

And it was the quicks who took all four wickets, with Kyle Jamieson leading the way with 3 for 47 and showing exactly why he was preferred over Neil Wagner. Tim Southee went off the field midway through his 11th over to undergo treatment on his right groin muscle,

IND v NZ : Day 1, Kanpur Test

but came back later on and bowled with all his usual guile, though clearly looking less than 100% fit while doing so. Before that he also took the key wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara.

IND v NZ : Day 1, Kanpur Test

New Zealand went in with three spinners, and while none of them bowled badly, they ended up wicketless after bowling a combined 52 overs, and while Somerville's gangly, accurate offspin was economical, the left-arm spin of Ajaz Patel and Rachin Ravindra proved expensive.