India vs New Zealand, 1st Test Day 2 Highlights: Latham, Young steer NZ to 129/0 at Stumps

India vs New Zealand, 1st Test Day 2: Get the highlights and commentary from the Day 2 of the first Test between India and New Zealand from Kanpur.


Tom Latham and Will Young's hundred-run opening stand put India on the mat on the second day of the first Test in Kanpur.   -  SPORTZPICS

Welcome to Sportstar's LIVE coverage of Day 2 of the first Test match between India and New Zealand from the Green Park International Stadium in Kanpur.

STUMPS DAY 2 - NZ 129/0 in 57 overs.


A dominant batting performance from the New Zealand openers and they have shown just why they are the world champions. Will Young and Tom Latham's stand is the first time since 2008 that a visiting team has put on 100 runs without the loss of a wicket in the first innings of a Test series. Both batters showed perseverance and emerged victorious from the Indian spin challenge which threw 51 overs at the duo without success.

The day belonged well and truly to the Kiwis, having taken six wickets for 87 runs today as Tim Southee ran through the middle and lower-middle order. The only silver lining for India was debutant Shreyas Iyer's hundred on Test debut.

NZ 129/0 in 58 overs: Just a single from Axar's over. That will be the last one for the day. Bad light will curtail play by three overs today.

Umpires have a look at the light with five overs left in the day and decide that play can go on...for this over at least. Given out! Flighted on off and Latham prods at it and is beaten off the outside edge as Saha takes it behind. He reviews again. DRS confirms no bat involved and third reprieve for Latham. NZ 128/0 in 56 overs.

Latham sweeps Axar for one and fifty for him, off 157 balls. Axar angles it into Young and it keeps low to beat him. NZ 128/0 in 55 overs.

Ashwin is extracting some serious turn. But the line is too wide on off and Latham is leaves nonchalantly. The ball is beginning to turn off the centre of the pitch too. NZ 122/0 in 52 overs.

The pitch is certainly doing a bit more than it previously was but the batters are too well settled now to be rattled by the occasional turn.

NZ 122/0 in 50 overs: Two runs off Ashwin's over and Latham and Young are looking as comfortable as ever. The lights have come on as the sun goes down in Kanpur...probably taking India's hopes along with it.

A very unique sight on the field as Mayank stands, or rather kneels, very close to the batter at gully as Axar bowls to Young. The umpire is not impressed and instructs him not to get off his knees while the ball is being bowled. He is taken off after that over before being brought back for Ashwin's 50th over.

FOUR! Pitched outside off to Young and he made good use of his feet to step out and drive it through covers and to the boundary. Turn again for Axar on off stump and beats Young. NZ 114/0 in 45 overs.

Huge spin for Ashwin! That went off the foot holes wide outside Latham's off stump. Maiden over.

NZ 109/0 in 42 overs and Axar to roll his arm over. One from the over but Axar has not looked threatening at all. DRINKS BREAK. NZ 110/0 in 43 overs.

NZ 102/0 in 40 overs: Ashwin comes back. Bowls it a little too full and the openers are happy to defend.

FOUR! Latham sweeps Jadeja straight in front of the stumps to the square leg boundary. 100 up for New Zealand in 38.3 overs.

Ishant is brought in. Around the wicket to Latham. Beaten! Perfect length to induce the drive and it shapes away to beat him. Good maiden over for Ishant but the batters have looked comfortable fending him off.

Rahane reviews! Young looked to paddle sweep a straight one by Jadeja and missed. Umpire thought there's bat involved. But it is missing leg stump! Young survives. FOUR! Very lucky. Took off Young's bottom edge and past the keeper to the boundary. NZ 93/0 in 35 overs.

Umesh is not happy with the condition of the ball. Umpires inspect and the red cherry passes through the gauge and Umesh has to continue with it...much to his dismay.

Finally some turn. Jadeja pitches it on off to Young and it straightens to beat him. That would raise some eyebrows for the batters. NZ 89/0 in 33 overs.

NZ 86/0 in 30 overs: Two consecutive fours for Young to end the over. He moves on to 58. The first one flew off the edge to wide third man before Young cut the next one with authority between point and cover. New Zealand seems to be running away with this.

Umesh with the ball. Rahane reckons there will be some reverse-swing on offer. FOUR! Thickish outside edge to backward point and fifty for Young off 88 balls. NZ 76/0 in 28 overs.

Third session underway. Jadeja rushes through that first over in quick time and it is a maiden.



New Zealand has emerged unscathed from the Indian spin challenge so far. Young and Latham saw off a nervy phase of pace bowling from Ishant and Umesh before showing their dominance against India's world-class spin trio. Young, playing for the first time in subcontinent conditions, has been particularly impressive. Latham survived two LBW decisions, having got the inside edge on both occasions but looks primed for a promising innings.

NZ 72/0 in 26 overs: Driven through cover by Young for a four and that's the end of the second session. Five runs from that Axar over and New Zealand will go into tea very satisfied.

Axar into the attack. Seven runs from that over, including a four for Young at fine leg.

Jadeja continues and he almost gets Young with some dreadfully low bounce that Saha does well to collect. A no-ball and a single and 50 up for NZ in 20.3 overs.

NZ 48/0 in 20 overs: India is still wicketless and Rahane and Ashwin have a chat in the 20th over. A puff of dust comes off and that will get Ashwin interested as there has been little assistance from the surface so far. FOUR! Young steps out and lofts it to the long on boundary.

Spin from both ends as Jadeja comes on. LBW appeal first ball as Latham misses outside off trying to paddle sweep. Rahane doesn't take the review...impact was outside off stump. A direct hit at the non-striker's end but Latham is in comfortably. Given out! Sharp turn in and onto Latham's pads. He reviews and there's an inside edge again. NZ 35/0 in 15 overs.

DRINKS BREAK. NZ 23/0 in 11 overs. A boundary at third for Young off a thick outside edge.

NZ 18/0 in 10 overs: New Zealand playing it safe against both pacers and Ashwin. Quite an impasse here and let's see who blinks first.

R Ashwin comes into the attack. First run for New Zealand in 27 deliveries as batters scamper for a single. Young is taking an off stump guard to cut the ball spinning in off the rough. Two runs from Ashwin's first over.

Clipped behind by Latham and Saha is confident that has gone off the edge but Umesh reckons it clipped the pad. Rahane doesn't review. Good call not to review as Ultraedge confirms there was no bat involved.

NZ 8/0 in 5 overs: Ishant and Umesh keep it tight with two straight maiden overs. Ishant gets one to shape away late in the fifth over, beating Young but missing his outside edge.

Umpires lifts his finger. Angled in to Latham off a short of good length and rapped on the front pad on the knee roll. Latham reviews and he edged it! FOUR! Latham drives on a full length between point and gully and that's the first boundary for New Zealand.

Umesh shares the new ball. Runs in over the wicket to right-hander Will Young. Tucked away on a full length to deep square leg for a couple and Young is off the mark. NZ 3/0 in 2 overs. The batters look solid against the pacers and haven't allowed them to create any chances yet.

NZ 1/0 in 1 over: Latham and Young open the innings for the Kiwis. Ishant Sharma around the wicket to left-hander Latham. Two slips and a gully. Wide outside off but some movement for him. No-ball by Ishant and New Zealand opens its account. Just one from it and NZ yet to score off the bat.

That's a quick post-Lunch wrap of India's first innings. Ajaz Patel claims the last two wickets as spin is finally rewarded in the match. New Zealand will be satisfied with that performance, taking six Indian wickets today for just 87 runs. However, the Indian spin challenge awaits the Kiwis on the other side of the break. Stay tuned!



OUT! Hits Ishant plush on the pads on the front foot defence. Ishant reviews but replay confirms the ball went on to hit middle and leg. Ajaz gets his second wicket. Ishant Sharma lbw b Ajaz Patel 0(5b 0x4 0x6).

Jamieson to Umesh from the other end. An absolute peach of a delivery. Shapes away from middle stump to beat Umesh comprehensively. SIX! Pitched outside off and in the slot and pummeled by Umesh over long on. IND 345/9 in 111 overs.

Back with live action. Ajaz with the ball. Ashwin on strike. OUT! Bowled him! Second ball after Lunch and India loses the ninth wicket. Pitched full, close to the rough, and the ball turns in to take Ashwin's leg stump. R Ashwin b Ajaz Patel 38(56b 5x4 0x6). Ishant the last man in. IND 339/9 in 110 overs.

Post-Lunch session begins at 12:10 PM IST. Stay tuned!


Two milestones coming in that first session on Day 2. Shreyas Iyer struk a masterful hundred on Test debut while Tim Southee claimed all four wickets in the session to take the 13th fifer of his Test career. With 81 runs coming at the loss of four wickets, the session goes to New Zealand. However, India will be pleased with the position it is in and considering the how low the ball has kept in the session, it will back itself to make early inroads into the Kiwi batting line-up. R Ashwin (38* off 54) and Umesh Yadav (4* off 28) look solid for their 26-run partnership and will eye the 370-run mark.

LUNCH DAY 2 - INDIA 339/8 in 109 overs.

Last over before Lunch. Jamieson to Umesh. Skillfully tucks away a yorker to mid wicket for a single. Ashwin is on 33 off 52. FOUR! Width outside off and skims it between third slip and gully and to wide third man boundary. A single off the next ball and Umesh to face the last ball for Lunch. Sharp in-swing and edged to slip but falls short.

Jamieson into the attack. Southee will take a breather after an electric spell in the morning. Jamieson needs one wicket to become the fastest Kiwi to 50 Test wickets. A single for Umesh off the last ball and he opens his account on the 21st ball.

IND 327/8 in 105 overs: Southee continues to give little away and Umesh is on 0 off 12 balls. Ashwin is key as India eyes the 350-run mark.

The ball keeps dangerously low and runs away for four byes past the keeper. Umesh planted his bat outside off, got beaten for Ajaz's turn and saw he ball trickle away. That would have got Ashwin excited at the non-striker's end.

Ashwin is stepping up on the rate of scoring. FOUR! Ashwin a length ball from Southee over cover and to the boundary.

IND 314/8 in 100 overs: Just a single from that Ajaz Patel over.

FIFER FOR SOUTHEE! Axar edges to the keeper. Southee angled it in from around the stumps and Axar hung his bat outside off. Axar Patel c Tom Blundell b Tim Southee 3(9b 0x4 0x6). Umesh Yadav is the new man, playing in his 50th Test.

OUT! Soft dismissal and Shreyas departs. He was tempted for the drive on a fullish length and ended up handing it straight to the fielder at cover. Shreyas Iyer c Will Young b Tim Southee 105(171b 13x4 2x6). Southee gets his fourth. Axar Patel walks in at No. 9. Ashwin ends the over with a four and moves to 20 off 17 balls.

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Ajaz Patel to bowl the first over of spin today. Stumping missed! That could have been the first one for New Zealand spinners in the match. The ball kept low to beat Ashwin, and was low enough to beat the keeper too.

IND 301/6 in 95 overs: FOUR! First boundary for Ashwin. Takes his front foot forward and drives a full one through point. FOUR! Too full and straight and this one flies off the outside edge and to the backward point rope. 300 up for India.

Southee is not happy about Ashwin running on the pitch and has a word with the umpire. Earlier in the day, Sunil Gavaskar was talking about Ashwin eyeing Southee's spike marks on either side of the stumps that would leave rough patches around the left-handers' off side area. Ashwin receives an official warning about runnning on the pitch.

OUT! Full outside off and Saha drives at it, edging it to the keeper. Wriddhiman Saha c Tom Blundell b Tim Southee 1(12b 0x4 0x6). Southee has been at his best today, keeping it at good length and tempting the batters with an occasional half-volley that swings away late. Ashwin walks in and backs away last moment and Southee seems a little annoyed by that. He gets a couple off his first ball.

Hundred for Shreyas Iyer on Test debut!!! A thick edge again to wide third man and he runs two. Gets his 100 off 157 balls. FOUR! Edges a full one again and this one runs to the backward point boundary.

Looks like the umpires have changed the ball since it appears to have lost shape. Shreyas has scored 22 runs off 19 balls today. Tucks it away to square leg for a single and moves to 98. That's the first run conceded by Southee today.

Shreyas into the nineties. A thick outside edge and runs between first and second slip. FOUR! Elegance at its best. Leans into the drive and the ball runs away to cover boundary. Shreyas on 96. Guides a short one to mid wicket for a single. IND 281/5 in 90 overs. Shreyas Iyer has picked off from where he left yesterday and looks in great touch. On the other hand, Jamieson has struggled having conceded all the runs in the day so far with India yet to score against Southee, who has looked impressive with the scalp of Jadeja.

Saha flicks it fine to get a single off Jamieson and he is off the mark. FOUR! Short of good length and Shreyas runs it down to deep point to the boundary. He moves on to 88 with that four.

OUT! Southee knocks Jadeja over. Just outside off around good length and it tails in to take a feather of his inside edge and onto the stumps. IND 266/5 in 87 overs. Wriddhiman Saha walks in.

IND 266/4 in 86 overs: FOUR! Shreyas sends it to the square leg boundary on his first ball of the day. Full on the pads by Jamieson and deftly flicked away. FOUR! Another one in the over and is this a sign of things to come? Back of length this one and guided behind point to the rope.

IND 258/4 in 85 overs: Shreyas and Jadeja make their way to the middle. Southee with the ball, which is just four overs old. Around the stumps to Jadeja. First ball. Wide outside off and left. Loud LBW appeal on fourth ball and turned down. Williamson goes up for the review. It looked high to the naked eye. Jadeja is lucky to survive at it just clipped top of middle and leg and umpire's call stands. Maiden over to start with.

Day 2 Live action resumes at 9: 30 AM IST. Stay tuned!

Another foggy and nippy morning at Kanpur.


Brief scores:

India 258/4: Shreyas Iyer 75*(136b, 7x4, 2x6), Ravindra Jadeja 50*(100b, 7x4 0x6), Shubman Gill 52(93b, 5x4 1x6); Kyle Jamieson (3-47), Tim Southee (1-43)


Eagles hovered menacingly as New Zealand took to the field ready to face an Indian batting onslaught on a placid surface, but the eagles had all but disappeared by afternoon as Kyle Jamieson and – to a lesser extent – Tim Southee prevented India’s top order from blossoming as expected. It took an enterprising alliance between Shreyas Iyer, on debut, and Ravindra Jadeja in the final session to put India back on course for a commanding first-innings total.

India was 258 for 4 by the end of the day’s play, Shreyas (75 n.o., 136b) and Jadeja (50 n.o., 100b) unseparated after adding 113 runs.

-Abhishek Mukherjee


India Playing XI: Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (c), Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma.

New Zealand Playing XI: Tom Latham, Will Young, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell (wk), Rachin Ravindra, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel, William Somerville.


India: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Mayank Agarwal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Srikar Bharat, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Siraj, Axar Patel, Prasidh Krishna. Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Shubman Gill, Umesh Yadav, Suryakumar Yadav, Jayant Yadav.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell (vc), Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips (wk), Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, William Somerville, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, Will Young.


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