Indian batsmen showed intent but their reckless shot selection took them only as far as242 on an eventful opening day of the second Test against New Zealand. Prithvi Shaw (54) and Cheteshwar Pujara (54) hit contrasting half-centuries, to take the fight to the rival camp. However, Kyle Jamieson has changed the complexion of the game with his five-wicket haul.
The lanky pacer Jamieson (5/45) in an inspired post-tea spell blew away the middle and lower-order of Team India – to finish with his maiden five-wicket haul in only his second Test. The hosts ended the day at 63 for no loss with Latham (27 batting) and Blundell (29 batting) hardly troubled by Indian pacers.
We had to stick there for long periods: Kyle Jamieson
Once India came out to bat after tea, Jamieson changed the tactic from bowling fuller to his usual back of the length line that could create disconcerting bounce or the batsmen.
Speaking of the same, New Zealand pacer Jamieson on Saturday said that the Indian batsmen looked a bit indecisive against the short-ball ploy.
“The wicket does not do as much as it does in Wellington. We had to stick there for long periods of time. The ball was still moving a little bit. They played a few more shots than they did in Wellington. The pitch probably allowed them to, but I guess their guys looked a bit indecisive against the short ball,” Jamieson told reporters.
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Further, Jamieson stated that bundling out India on Day 1 after winning the toss is a special moment for him. He further heaped praises on the openers for not letting it loose against the Indian new-ball bowlers.
“Probably the high point for me was to see how good we were as a team, to take 10 wickets and restrict the Indians was pretty special. To be no wickets down at stumps marks a pretty good day of Test cricket for us,” he added.
Well, it would be interesting to see how things would turn out for India in the next few sessions of the Test.
The pitch will be best for batting on day two and three which means that for Virat Kohli and his men, the catch-up game starts from the second day itself as the disgrace of a 0-2 series loss looms large.