IND vs NZ 1st Test Live: Shreyas Iyer eyes century on Test debut

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THE TIMES OF INDIA | Nov 26, 2021, 08:25:01 IST

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India were without a rested Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli and an injured KL Rahul.

The hosts dominated the final session of the game and will now hope to bat the Kiwis out of the game Friday before the pitch becomes more conducive to the spinners.

He hit five fours and a six in his free-flowing innings and was Jamiseon's second, after Agarwal who edged him to wicketkeeper Tom Blundell in the eighth over after a scratchy 13 runs off 28 balls.

Gill, who looked promising at unbeaten 52 off 93 balls going into lunch, could not add to the score and was bowled by Jamieson in the first over after the break.

India's stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane built a 39-run partnership with Iyer before becoming Kyle Jamieson's third scalp to leave India at 154-4 at tea.

Iyer came in after Cheteshwar Pujara's dismissal for 26 off 88 balls to Tim Southee left India at 106-3.

Iyer, the last specialist batsman in the order before bowling all-rounders and the wicketkeeper, hit 7 fours and two sixes in his 136-ball innings. His partner at the other end, Jadeja, hit six fours.

Iyer shared an unfinished 113-run partnership with all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja who made a busy 50 off 100 balls, in the heavily polluted industrial city of Kanpur.

Shreyas Iyer's unbeaten 75 on debut steadied India after an afternoon wobble to end the opening day of the first Test looking comfortable at 258-4.

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