New Zealand’s inaugural tennis players performed strongly on day two of the first test in Kanpur as India’s pitchers passed in vain. It is the DRS assessments that hurt them the most and Jimmy Neesham launched a daring exploit in the giants of the subcontinent.
Winning the pitch, India scored a respectable 345 as first-timer Shreyas Iyer put up his first century test. Half a century by Shubman Gill and Ravindra Jadeja has seen India pass the 300-track mark thanks to helpful contributions from Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin, who are off to a good start.
In response, the Kiwis showed up with all guns blazing as they finished day two with 129 runs across the board without losing a single racket. Openers Will Young and Tom Latham set a century-old record for the first match as Indian bowlers won but to no avail. While Young was a phenomenon in his first inning in India, Latha only seemed vulnerable when the DRS came to his rescue.
Jimmy Neesham gives a cheeky Tweet as Tom Latham takes shelter in DRS
Tom Latham played a fierce shot to raise his half-century but not before DRS saved his beat not once not twice but three times. Kiwi’s opener had three reviews and all three were in his favor as India’s pitchers were frustrated and failed to win in the last two sessions.
In just the third inning, Latham was taken off the pacer lbw Ishant Sharma only for the replays to reveal that he got the ball into his pad. During the last 15 days, Ravindra Jadeja placed the Kiwi opener in front of the tree just for the DRS and the inner edge came to his rescue again. 56th time being sawed Ravichandran Ashwin remove Latham caught behind just because snicko revealed no advantage.
As the Indians ended a desperate day with a wicket, Jimmy Neesham released a hilarious tweet. Referring to the period when India refused to use technology to overturn decisions, Neesham joked that the Indian team would probably go that way again. “If Tommy Latham gets a lot out of here, India could turn back to denying the use of DRS at home,“Neesham wrote.
Tom Latham and Will Young became the third opening pair to score a hundredth match against India in Kanpur. Much will depend on how the duo continue to play on day three as India will be eager to get a quick score. With only 57 oversized pitches, captain Rahane will be looking for his spinning players to bring him breakthroughs as the hosts are waiting for the new ball to be available.
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