New Zealand vs India 2020: Christchurch, Day 1 – India 242 All Out; Kyle Jamieson Bags Five-Fer
Christchurch’s Hagley Oval was not as windy as Wellington on the very first day of the second and final Test. And, with the likes of Trent Boult and Tim Southee in New Zealand’s bowling line up, India needed to win the toss following a close-look at the green-top. Unfortunately, the toss didn’t go in India’s favour as Virat Kohli and Co. were asked to bat first.
India’s young opener Prithvi Shaw was in the form and often found the ball on the middle of his bat. But he didn’t get the support from another exciting opener, Mayank Agarwal, who lost his wicket quite early.
Mayank, who was the highest scorer for the team in the first Test match, was out after scoring just seven runs. He was given lbw on the bowling of Trent Boult.
However, Shaw kept building pressure on the hosts while Cheteshwar Pujara held the innings from the other end. And finally, after a long time, the youngster scored a gritty fifty, which included eight sixes and one maximum. But the stunning catch by Latham at second slip ended the innings of in-form Shaw. He scored 54 off 64 balls and India lost the second wicket at 80.
Pujara, who is known for testing the patience of bowlers, kept the scoreboard ticking, unlike the first Test match. But it was another bad day for the captain Virat Kohli. As soon as the lunch break got over, Kohli lost his wicket to Tim Southee. He reviewed the lbw decision but it went into vain. The Indian skipper scored three runs off 15 balls.
Similarly, Kohli’s Test deputy Ajinkya Rahane also lost his wicket cheaply. On the bowling off Tim Southee, Rahane gave an easy catch to Ross Taylor.
However, India still had Hanuma Vihari and Pujara at the crease. The middle-order batsman Vihari had the answer to every ball of the pacers but the way he lost the wicket didn’t justify his innings. Just before the tea break, he gave an easy catch to wicketkeeper BJ Waiting.
Besides, Vihari scored 55 runs which included 10 boundaries before losing his wicket. Thus, the visitors lost its fifth wicket at 194 runs.
And what came as the big disappointment that Pujara also lost his wicket after scoring a fine fifty. The New Zealand pacers were on full attack. The wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant got an inside edge and lost his wicket while Ravindra Jadeja dragged the innings with lower-order batsmen. Soon, Jadeja was also sent back as he handed an easy catch to Boult.
As expected lower-order batsmen were soon sent back. Umesh Yadav was out on a duck. On the other hand, Mohammed Shami after hitting mighty six gave his wicket to Boult. Thus, India was bundled out for 242.
New Zealand vs India 2020: A memorable day for young Kyle Jamieson in Christchurch:
As Neil Wagner entered in the second Test match, there was speculation doing rounds that Kyle Jamieson might be axed from the playing XI. However, the Kiwis skipper Kane Williamson decided to go with five pacers dropping the spinner Ajaz Patel from the playing XI. And the decision came out to be beneficial.
The youngster Jamieson played a big part in dismantling India’s batting line up. He picked the wickets of Shaw, Pujara, Pant, Jadeja and Umesh. And registered his first five-wicket haul in his Test career. Southee and Boult picked two wickets each while Neil Wagner picked one wicket.
Meanwhile, at the end of the day, New Zealand has posted 63 for no loss with Tom Latham (27) and Tom Blundell (29) batting in the middle.
New Zealand vs India 2020: India’s innings
New Zealand’s innings:
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