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IND vs NZ 1st Test: Shreyas Iyer hits centuary Tom Latham and Will Young takes NZ to 129 for no wicket at Stumps in day 2 – Latest Cricket News


New Zealand got off to a solid start on the second day of the first cricket Test on the back of fine half-centuries from their openers Will Young and Tom Latham after bowling India out for 345 with the help of five wickets from fast bowler Tim Southee. Scored 129 runs. Except for Shreyas Iyer’s century in the debut Test, the second day’s play was in the name of New Zealand. After Kyle Jamieson on the first day, Southee dominated the bowling in the first session, while Young and Latham did not allow India’s experienced bowlers to put pressure on the batting in the second session. Not even Ishant Sharma’s pace could stop him and Ravichandran Ashwin’s spin too.

Young has scored 75 runs in 180 balls with 12 fours while Latham is playing 50 runs in 165 balls which includes four fours. New Zealand’s team is 216 runs behind India’s first innings score and all their wickets are safe. The Kiwi batsmen appealed to the DRS against three leg before decisions and were successful. The pitch gave more bounce to the fast bowlers in the morning, thanks to which Saudi took four wickets. On the other hand, spinners like Ashwin and Jadeja did not get turn. Ashwin, Jadeja and Axar Patel put together 41 overs and conceded 92 runs while none could get success. At the same time, Ishant gave ten runs in six overs and Umesh gave 26 runs in 10 overs.

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Earlier, Shreyas Iyer became the 16th Indian batsman to score a century in his debut Test but the lower order batsmen, barring Ashwin, could not face the New Zealand bowlers. Ashwin scored 38 runs in 56 balls. Playing ahead of his yesterday’s score of 75 runs, Iyer scored 105 runs in 171 balls. He became the 16th cricketer from India to score a century in his first Test. The list has names of legends like Lala Amarnath, Gundappa Vishwanath, Sourav Ganguly, Rohit Sharma. 81 runs were scored in the morning session but four wickets also fell. This session was in the name of Saudi, who took five wickets for 69 runs in 27.4 overs. Saudi, playing his 80th Test, has done this feat for the 13th time. He first dismissed Ravindra Jadeja with the second new ball, who returned yesterday’s score to 50.

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Wriddhiman Saha was dismissed after scoring one run in 12 balls. Iyer, on the other hand, completed his century by playing a shot at third man to Kyle Jamieson. He hit 13 fours and two sixes in his innings. His century will put pressure on caretaker skipper Ajinkya Rahane as regular skipper Virat Kohli returns from the next Test. The Saudis ended Iyer’s innings by catching Will Young in cover. Ashwin hit five fours in his innings, which included a visible four in the cover to Southee.

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