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India vs New Zealand, second test: Kyle Jamieson takes five while New Zealand takes over on day 1 in Christchurch | Cricket News

CHRISTCHURCH: The Indian hitters showed intention, but their selection of reckless shots only led them to 242 on an opening day of the second Test against New Zealand on Saturday.

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Prithvi Shaw (54) and Cheteshwar Pujara (54) struck half a century in contrast to take the fight to the rival camp. However, the dismissal of Hanuma Vihari (55 of 70 balls) to the blow of tea tipped the scales in favor of New Zealand, as they gained a clear advantage by stumps.

Kyle Jamieson (5/45) in a spell inspired after tea flew the middle and lower order to end his first five-wicket course in just his second Test.

The hosts finished the day with 63 lossless with Toms – Latham (27 batting) and Blundell (29 batting) barely worried about Indian pacemakers.

The launch will be the best to hit on days two and three, which means that for Virat Kohli and his men, the recovery game starts from the second day itself, since the ignominy of a 0- series loss 2 is coming.

In a green top, three Indian batters showed that scoring runs was not difficult.

Shah’s momentum after his second half-century in Tests and the shooting shots of Vihari and Pujara were testimony that his dismissals were due more to waste than to New Zealand bowling.

Rishabh Pant, who has been preferred over a very accomplished Wriddhiman Saha, just for his batting skills, played a vague shot to find his stumps shaken.

From 194 to four with a total of first 350 standard entries that seems imminent, India lost five wickets for 22 races over a period of six overs and could well have a decisive impact on the final outcome of the contest.

Jamieson, in his post-tea spell, got rid of Pujara, Pant and Umesh Yadav in quick succession, as India lost a golden opportunity to take advantage.

The 32 limits and the three six with an execution rate of 3.84 in 63 envelopes will not be able to tell the story of how the Indians softened their lines during the day.

The immensely talented Shaw showed an improved footwork that led him to drive with elegance, such as Trent Boult (2/89) and Colin de Grandhomme (0/31) were guilty of throwing too much in the attempt to get some swing.

There were square units and some units while he also played and missed some. He lived dangerously, but the most important thing was that the scoreboard worked even when Pujara was trapped at the other end.

Neil Wagner threw a gorilla and Shaw hooked him to the maximum to reach his half century. After adding 50 races with Pujara, the main partner should have ideally calmed the inexperienced, who instead of playing for lunch, launched into a more complete delivery of Jamieson to be caught by Latham.

Kohli’s bad tour got worse when Tim Southee (2/38) got one to notice when he found it right in front. Ajinkya Rahane hit with a limited footwork while Pujara seemed more confident about his stump, even when he hit occasional units, but mostly holding one end up.

It was young Vihari, who changed course by counterattacking the trio of Boult, Southee and Wagner in a short time.

Interestingly, when Pujara was at 49, Vihari was at 13 and when he left for 55, having reached 10 limits, India’s number three was at 53.

Vihari looked comfortably at Wagner as he played a cut-off point to complete his fifties and then another shot at the next installment. But Vihari played too many shots when Wagner threw a slow gorilla to get him out of the equation.

Once India went out to bat after tea, Jamieson changed the more complete bowling tactic to his usual back of the length line that could create a disconcerting bounce or hitters.

Pujara got a good gorilla and there was no balance while trying the shot. Indian tickets were in total disarray by then and the result was another day when the stars promised a lot and delivered very little.



Times of India

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