Stumps, Day 3 | That's the end of day's play. India are in driver's seat despite losing Shubman Gill early. Axar Patel and Ravi Ashwin shined with the ball and handed India a valuable lead of 49 runs. At close of play, India are 14/1, effectively 63/1.
OUT! Kyle Jamieson strikes early for New Zealand. That's 50th Test wicket for Jamieson. The ball goes through Shubman Gill's defence and he is bowled. Early blow to India. Shubman Gill b Jamieson 1(3)
OUT! Ravi Ashwin takes the final wicket, third for him. New Zealand have been bundled out for 296 and thus India secure a lead of 49 runs. Ashwin returns with figures of 3/82. Somerville b Ashwin 6(52)
OUT! New Zealand nine down now. Ravi Ashwin strikes as Kyle Jamieson departs. Axar Patel takes the catch. Second wicket for Ashwin this. Jamieson c Axar b Ashwin 23(75)
OUT! Two more wickets in Axar Patel's kitty and that's five-wicket haul for him. This is the fifth five-wicket haul for Axar in Tests, in just four matches. Tim Southee is his fifth victim. Southee b Axar 5(13)
Tea Break | What a comeback by India. India picked four wickets for just 52 runs in this session. Axar Patel was brilliant and so were other bowlers. Tom Blundell and Kyle Jamieson are the two unbeaten batsmen at the crease. New Zealand now trail by 96 runs and have just four wickets in hand. Do join us back after the tea break.
OUT! Ravindra Jadeja gets his first wicket and guess what he accounts for Rachin Ravindra. The ball goes through the gate and Ravindra is bowled. Six down New Zealand now. Ravindra b Jadeja 13(23)
OUT! Good work behind the stumps by KS Bharat. Axar Patel picks his third wicket and a big one. Tom Latham misses out on what could have been a superb century. He is stumped five short of the century. T Latham st (sub)Srikar Bharat b Axar 95(282)
OUT! Another wicket for Axar Patel. Second wicket for the spinner as New Zealand lose three wickets for just 21 runs. Henry Nicholls is trapped in front of the wickets, he opts for review but all in vain. H Nicholls lbw b Axar 2(9)
OUT! India picking wickets at regular intervals now. Ross Taylor is the latest batsman to be dismissed. He gets an outside edge and KS Bharat takes a fine catch. Ross Taylor c (sub)Srikar Bharat b Axar 11(28)
Shreyas Iyer struck a hundred on debut to prop up India but a five-wicket haul by Tim Southee followed by half-centuries by openers Will Young and Tom Latham helped New Zealand sit on top at the end of day two of the first Test at the Green Park Stadium here on Friday. After India were bowled out for 345, New Zealand were 129/0 in 57 overs at stumps, trailing the hosts by 216 runs. When India resumed the day at 258/4, many wouldn't have given a chance to Southee becoming the wrecker-in-chief, especially after he had walked off the field in the second session on Day One due to a groin complaint. But Southee shined in a magnificent bowling display of 11 overs to steal the thunder from Iyer's maiden Test hundred. India vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 3 Live Streaming Online: Get Free Live Telecast of IND vs NZ Test Series on TV With Time in IST.
Things didn't start well for Southee, who had an lbw appeal rejected in his opening over against Ravindra Jadeja. But in his next over, Southee broke the 121-run stand between Iyer and Jadeja as the latter chopped onto his stumps with no feet movement, departing without adding to his overnight score.
Iyer, on the other hand, began where he left off on Day One, caressing two boundaries off Kyle Jamieson's first over of the day. Iyer continued to do well against Jamieson, getting boundaries through a thick edge between slip and wide gully fielder followed by an elegant cover drive. The 26-year-old reached his maiden Test century with two runs through point off Jamieson in the 92nd over, becoming the 16th Indian batter (tenth at home) to score a century on Test debut. He also became the second Indian batter after Gundappa Viswanath (against Australia in 1969) to score a Test hundred on debut in Kanpur. IND vs NZ Kanpur Test Day 2: Shreyas Iyer Maiden Test Hundred, Tim Southee Fifer Headline First Session.
Southee continued to run through the Indian batting order, as Wriddhiman Saha nicked behind to keeper Tom Blundell in the 93rd over. Ravichandran Ashwin stalled his rhythm briefly by taking consecutive boundaries off him. Post drinks break, Southee had his third wicket of the day as Iyer chipped a drive away from the body to cover. He then completed his second five-wicket haul in India by getting one to seam away from Axar Patel, drawing him into a poke and nicked behind to the keeper.