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Rahane, Pujara fail as Jamieson’s twin strike restricts India to 154 for 4 at tea on day 1 of Kanpur Test

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Kanpur, November 25

Kyle Jamieson pitched the ball in right areas to strike thrice as New Zealand pegged India back, restricting them to 154 for four at tea on the first day of the opening Test after skipper Ajinkya Rahane and his deputy Cheteshwar Pujara failed to convert their starts.

Jamieson (3/38), who picked up Mayank Agarwal in the opening session, removed a well-set Shubman Gill (52 off 93 balls) and Rahane (35 off 63 balls) in the afternoon, using the variable bounce to good effect.

Cheteshwar Pujara (26 off 88 balls) was done in by a beauty from Tim Southee that reversed in and then shaped away to reach Tom Blundell’s gloves.

Funnily, on a track that kept low and slow and didn’t offer much turn, New Zealand spinners Ajaz Patel (0/56 in 15 overs) and Will Somerville (0/28 in 13 overs) were disappointing.

But Rahane would be gutted as he hit six lovely boundaries before dragging one in as he expected the ball to bounce more considering Jamieson’s height.

Before that Gill, who hit a sublime fifty, had a big gap between bat and pad which helped Jamieson’s incutter breach his defence.

Debutant Shreyas Iyer (17 batting) looked confident in that brief period before tea.

Comeback man Gill settled down nicely after initial nervous moments to remain unbeaten on 52 as India looked good during that first session that fetched 82 runs.

Gill, who missed out on the England Test series due to a shin injury, played some delightful shots all round the wicket to reach his fourth Test half-century but more importantly has put the New Zealand spinners on back-foot. PTI

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