India vs New Zealand: Jamieson adds more firepower to Kiwi pace attack

Kyle Jamieson's five-wicket haul helped New Zealand restrict India to a first-innings score of 242 on Day 1 of the second Test.

New Zealand's Kyle Jamieson acknowledges the crowd after taking five wickets on day one of the second Test cricket match between New Zealand and India at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch.   -  AFP

Four wickets in the first innings in Wellington and a five-for on the day one here.

After the first Test, Kyle Jamieson had oozed confidence and belief. “I am going to make rapid strides,” he had said.

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Jamieson’s arrival on the scene has given the Kiwi pace attack more firepower. Here was someone tall who could push the batsmen back with his height and bounce and then pitch the ball up to have the batsmen caught at the crease.

Or he could get the ball to seam away with bounce from a good length. It is this combination of movement and lift that makes Jamieson so difficult to negotiate.

After the day’s play, Jamieson spoke more about the team than himself. He said, “I think, the high point [of the day] was how good we were to take those wickets, restrict the Indians, and being without loss at stumps was massive.”

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The beanpole seamer added, “We were clear in our plans to bowl in partnerships. The ball moved around a bit.” 

Asked about the surface at the Hagley Oval, Jamieson said, “It probably doesn’t do as much as it does in Wellington. It is truer.”

Jamieson felt the Kiwis took wickets at critical moments of the day. “The way Tim bowled before and after lunch and the breakthrough Wagner got before Tea were crucial.” 

Queried on the Indian batting, Jamieson said, “They played more shots. The pitch allowed them to as well. They were playing shots off the short ball but looked a bit indecisive there as well.”  

The paceman added, “The way the ball bounced at Wellington, it took a few of their shots out of the game. Here they could play them. So the margin for error became smaller for a bowler.”

Jamieson has a lot more left to do in the Test. And he’s got an appetite for wickets.

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