Daniel Vettori
Daniel Vettori. Image-DNA

Daniel Vettori was impressed by the way New Zealand bowlers came back in the game during the second session of Day 1 of the ongoing Kanpur Test against India.

India went into Lunch with the score of 82/1. But the Kiwi bowlers picked quick wickets to have the hosts at 145-4. Kyle Jamieson, who had dismissed Mayank Agarwal in the first session, then bowled both Shubman Gill and Ajinkya Rahane, and Tim Southee accounted for the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara.

Daniel Vettori lauded the effort of the Kiwis bowlers in the second session after taking learning about the pitch and conditions during the first session.

Kyle Jamieson
Kyle Jamieson (Image Credit: Twitter)

“Superb session for New Zealand, particularly because of the way Jamieson bowled, and I think a lot of ways Kane captained as well.

“Sort of had Jamieson go around the wicket, which is a tactic New Zealand have used a lot in the past, albeit it was the likes of Wagner trying to do it to left-handed batsman [by] coming around the wicket,” Daniel Vettori told ESPNcricinfo.

The former captain also praised William Somerville for his tight bowling – the off-spinner conceded at 2.5 runs per over in his 24 overs – and created pressure to help the pacers.

Overall, [it was ] a really good, hard-fought session and I think they bounced back from the first session with what they learned. I thought, Somerville bowled really well – he started asking questions because he was trying to really turn the ball and he mixed up his release points. The Indian right-handers looked sedate against him,” he added.

India fraction ahead, I think: Kyle Jamieson.

While New Zealand did really well in the second session to pull things toward them, that pressure got released with the 113-run unbeaten stand between debutant Shreyas Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja, both of whom notched up their respective fifties.

At the end of the day, Jamieson believed that India are slightly ahead with a score of 258/4.

He explained that there was swing available in the early part of the day, and the Kiwi pacers will look to make use of it on Day 2 with the second new ball.

Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja
Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja. Image-BCCI/Twitter

“Not a huge amount going on. Found some swing early and it was up and down a little bit. Hardly played the last couple of months. Nice to get back onto the park.

“Hopefully the new ball swings a little bit in the morning and we can get them. India fraction ahead I think. We hung around pretty well. Need a good start in the morning,” Jamieson said.

This Test series is part of the second cycle of the World Test Championship.

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