Shreyas Iyer, who scored 105 runs and 65 runs in the first Test against New Zealand, is the first Indian to score a century and fifty in a debut Test match. With the century, he became the 16th Indian batter to score a hundred on debut.
Will Young's indecisiveness haunted New Zealand as India got the opening they needed towards the close of Day 4's play in the first Test. The Kiwis still need 280 runs on the final day.
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Shreyas Iyer hit 105 and 65 against New Zealand to become the first Indian batter to score a century and half-century in his debut Test match. India set a 284-run target for New Zealand in the first Test.
India declared at 234 for 7 for an overall lead of 283 and gave New Zealand four tricky overs to face under fading light on Day 4 of the first Test in Kanpur. The Kiwis were 4/1 at the close of play.
India declared their second innings at 234/7decl for a lead of 284 runs. On a spinning Green Park wicket, New Zealand need 280 runs on Day 5 on Monday.
Axar Patel's five wickets against New Zealand on Day 3 turned the tide in India's favour as the Kiwis lost nine wickets for 99 runs despite having a 151-run opening wicket stand in Kanpur.
Axar Patel finished with figures 34-6-62-5, his fifth fifer in seven innings, as New Zealand lost their last nine wickets for 99 runs to be all out for 296 in reply to India's first innings total of 345.
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In reply to India's 345, New Zealand were bowled out for 296 runs, thanks to Axar Patel's fifth fifer in seven innings. India finish the day at 14/1, leading by 63 runs.
New Zealand openers Will Young and Tom Latham were unbeaten on 75 and 50 runs respectively as the visitors made a strong reply to India's 345 all on Day 2 of the first Test in Kanpur.
Shreyas Iyer won his India cap in the first IND vs NZ Test in Kanpur. It remains to be seen whether Iyer will play when Virat Kohli returns in the second Test in Mumbai.
If Shreyas Iyer scores another century in the first Test against New Zealand, he will become the first Indian batter to hit a ton in each innings of the debut Test match. He scored 105 in the first innings.
Coronavirus cases are on the rise in the northern part of South Africa and at least two venues for the Test series - Johannesburg and Pretoria - could become vulnerable to the spread of the new variant.
Shreyas Iyer becomes the 16th Indian to score a century on Test debut which includes current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly in the list. Iyer's 105 off 171 balls was studded with 13 fours and two sixes.
Tom Latham (50 not out) and Will Young (75 not out) showed great courage to not lose a wicket against a formidable Indian bowling attack in reply host's 345 all out in the first innings in Kanpur.
Resuming Day 3 of the unofficial Test on 125/1, India A went along nicely with the duo of skipper Priyank Panchal and Abhimanyu Easwaran putting on 142 runs for the second wicket. South Africa declared their first innings on 509/7.
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