Shreyas Iyer was eventually dismissed for 67 after getting a faint glove on a short ball from Southee that he was attempting to pull.
He demonstrated his class on the fourth day of the first Test between India and New Zealand, pulling the hosts out of a deep hole with a fine second-innings knock of 65 runs. On the fourth day, India’s top order crumbled after the bowlers gave the hosts a comfortable 49-run lead by dismissing New Zealand for 296 in the first innings. Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson had left Ajinkya Rahane’s team reeling at 51/5 when Shreyas put on a crucial 52-run stand with Ravichandran Ashwin to extend India’s overall lead past 150 runs.
Following Ashwin’s dismissal, Shreyas continued to play intelligently alongside wicket-keeper batter Wriddhiman Saha. After settling in, both batsmen took calculated risks against the spinners in order to get crucial boundaries. Shreyas reached his half-century, becoming the first Indian batter in Test cricket history to score a century and a fifty on debut. In the first innings, he became the 16th Indian to score a century on debut.
Shreyas was eventually out for 67 after getting a faint glove to a short ball from Southee that he was attempting to pull. His 64-run stand with Saha propelled India past the 200-run mark.
In the second innings, Shreyas hit eight magnificent boundaries and a six, demonstrating great maturity at a time when senior batsmen like Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara failed to deliver.
With this knock, Shreyas has made it difficult for the team management to decide who to drop and who to keep for the second Test match, which will be played when regular captain Virat Kohli returns.
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For the time being, the team’s focus will be on getting as many runs in as possible in the final session before taking on the Kiwis.