Tom Latham, Will Young
Tom Latham, Will Young. (Photo: BCCI)

New Zealand‘s opening pair of Tom Latham and Will Young, on Friday, became the first visiting opening pair in five years to forge a century partnership against India in India. They achieved this feat on Day 2 of the ongoing Kanpur Test.

The last visiting opening duo to score a hundred runs in India was England’s Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings, in Chennai in December 2016.

Tom Latham and Will Young also became the 7th New Zealand opening combination to register a century-stand in India. The last Kiwi opening pair to do so was also Tom Latham along with Martin Guptill in 2016 in Indore.

Tom Latham, Will Young
Tom Latham, Will Young. Image-Twitter

Both the batsmen batted with immense patience and didn’t press the panic button even when the Indian spinners were troubling them.

The openers ended Day 2 unscathed for 129 runs with Tom Latham at 50* and Young at 75*.

Tom Latham was thrice saved by the DRS when he was given out on three occasions by the on-field umpire. Will Young was smart in using his feet against the spinners as well.

Shreyas Iyer scores century before Tim Southee takes five-wicket haul

Earlier in the day, Shreyas Iyer became the 16th Indian batsman to score a century on Test debut. Carrying from his overnight score of 75, Iyer attacked the Kiwi bowlers to notch up his maiden Test ton, before he was dismissed by Tim Southee, who went to claim a five-wicket haul.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer. (Photo: BCCI)

Southee was superb with the ball throughout the innings, he completed with figures of 5/69, and was supported brilliantly by Kyle Jamieson, who snapped three wickets. India were bowled out for 345.

The Kiwis are trailing by 216 runs at the end of the day will all 10 wickets in hand.

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