NZ vs IND: Jamieson cuts a swathe through Indian batting

New Zealand's Kyle Jamieson celebrates with his teammates on day 1 of the second Test in Christchurch against India on February 29, 2020.

New Zealand's Kyle Jamieson celebrates with his teammates on day 1 of the second Test in Christchurch against India on February 29, 2020.   | Photo Credit: Getty Images

Lanky paceman’s five-for negates good work done by Pujara, Vihari and Shaw; New Zealand makes sedate start

A carnival atmosphere prevailed at the Hagley Oval, with its hills and lovely white canopies. The trees around the ground swayed in the wind.

Amidst the pleasant surroundings, an intense battle was playing out. A giant of a predator was gobbling up batsmen with his off-stump line, steep bounce and subtle movement. Ruthless Kyle Jamieson, all of 6’8”, has agaze that is cold and a bowling style that is ruthless in the way it probes the batsmen in the corridor. His five for 45 derailed the Indian innings on the opening day of the second Test here on Saturday.

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Inserted, India was dismissed for 242. On a green surface where there was good carry and a measure of seam movement, the Indians were more positive in their approach but lost wickets at regular intervals. New Zealand, in reply, was 63 without loss with southpaw Tom Latham and Tom Blundell, secure in defence and striking the ball with confidence and timing.

Earlier, the Kiwi pace pack seldom allowed the Indians to breathe easy. They changed angles, mixed lengths and created opportunities. From 195 for four, when Hanuma Vihari gloved an attempted pull off Neil Wagner’s short-pitched delivery at the stroke of Tea, the Indian innings went on a downward spiral. Vihari (55) had a slice of luck early — he was dropped on nine in front of first slip by ’keeper B-J. Watling after Jamieson’s short-ball-fullerlength routine — but went on to play some spanking shots, pulling, slashing, cover-driving and flicking for runs. But, he should have read the situation before Tea better. Set batsmen should not give their wicket away at critical points.

His dismissal ended the 81-run partnership for the fifth wicket. Same was the case with the experienced Pujara after Tea. He, fatally, attempted to hook Jamieson from the offstump even as the delivery was climbing into him. This was a more positive innings from Pujara (54). Between periods of defence — he batted with a more elaborate back-lift — Pujara essayed some lovely strokes such as the cover-drive and on-drive off Trent Boult.

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Southpaw Rishabh Pant was put down by Colin de Grandhomme at mid-wicket on three, but perished soon, freeing his arms against Jamieson, when the bowler gave him little width to do so, and playing on. Another left-hander Ravindra Jadeja fell, unable to keep a hook off Jamieson down. The Indian wickets fell in a heap.

In the morning, Mayank Agarwal departed early, playing across a full-length ball from left-armer Boult to be trapped in front. Counter-attack Prithvi Shaw, though, was off

like a runaway train. And he played a brand of counter-attacking cricket that was fearless. On view during his attractive 54 were lightness of feet and bat-speed. Tim Southee erred in length and Shaw rocked back to smack

him past point. When Southee pitched up, Shaw drove straight. Shaw reached his half-century with a top-edged pull off Neil Wagner; the ball eluded Jamieson’s outstretched hands at fine-leg. Shaw was living dangerously. He soon fell as Jamieson moved one away; Shaw flashed and Latham took a one-handed blinder at second slip. Tim Southee dragged Virat Kohli across the crease after lunch. The India captain was looking for an outswinger but the ball swung back into the right-hander. Caught right in front, Kohli opted for awasteful review. Making the right moves Then Southee prised out Ajinkya Rahane with a little bit of trickery. Rahane was playing the ball late, leaving deliveries outside off, but this one delivered wide of the crease was angled into Rahane, so he had to play at it. The sphere then swung away a tad, taking the outside edge. Taylor held on to a smart catch in the cordon. The sun came out in all its glory after rain in the morning. And the Kiwis made all the right moves.


India 1st Innings: Prithvi Shaw c Latham b Jamieson 54; Mayank Agarwal lbw b Boult 7; Cheteshwar Pujara c Latham b Jamieson 54; Virat Kohli lbw b Southee 3; Ajinkya Rahane c Taylor b Southee 7; Hanuma Vihari c Watling b Wagner 55; Rishabh Pant b Jamieson 12; Ravindra Jadeja c Boult b Jamieson 9; Umesh Yadav c Watling b Jamieson 0; Mohammed Shami b Boult 16; Jasprit Bumrah not out 10. Extras (B-4, LB-6, WD-5) 15

Total (For 5 wickets in 63 overs) 242

Fall of wickets: 1-30, 2-80, 85, 4-113, 5-194, 6-197, 7-207, 8-207, 9-216.

New Zealand bowling: Tim Southee 13-5-38-2, Trent Boult 17-2-89-2, Colin de Grandhomme 9-2-31-0, Kyle Jamieson 14-3-45-5, Neil Wagner 10-2-29-1.

New Zealand 1st innings: Tom Latham batting 27; Tom Blundell batting 29. Extras (B-4, LB-3) 7

Total (For no loss in 23 overs) 63

India bowling: Jasprit Bumrah 7-1-19-0, U Yadav 8-1-20-0, Mohammed Shami 7-1-17-0, Ravidnra Jadeja 1-1-0-0.

Toss: New Zealand

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