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Iyer hits ton on debut, India 339-8 despite Southee blows

NEW DELHI, Nov 26 (Reuters) – India’s Shreyas Iyer smashed a century on his take a look at debut however New Zealand spearhead Tim Southee’s five-wicket haul restricted the hosts to 339-8 at lunch on day two of the opening take a look at on Friday.

Iyer made 105 earlier than falling to Southee, whose thirteenth five-wicket haul in take a look at cricket got here on a pitch the place New Zealand’s three-pronged spin assault is but to style success.

For the hosts, Ravichandran Ashwin was batting on 38 on the break with Umesh Yadav on 4 at Kanpur’s Green Park Stadium.

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Earlier, after India resumed day two on 258-4, Southee (5-69) ensured New Zealand didn’t have to attend lengthy for a breakthrough.

Ravindra Jadeja survived a detailed lbw attraction however couldn’t add to his in a single day rating of fifty and departed after deflecting a Southee supply onto his stumps.

Jadeja was furious with himself after the dismissal however his 121-run fifth-wicket partnership with Iyer had rescued India from a mid-innings wobble.

While Jadeja appeared in poor health comfy, Iyer was fluent on the different finish and hit Kyle Jamieson for back-to-back boundaries.

The 26-year-old took two runs off Jamieson to convey up his hundred, a milestone he celebrated by kissing his helmet and elevating his arms whereas the sparse crowd within the stadium cheered.

Southee continued to chip away on the different finish, dismissing Wriddhiman Saha caught behind for one.

Iyer additionally fell to the seamer, taking part in a lazy drive that was pouched by Will Young. It was a tame finish to an in any other case stellar innings studded with two sixes and 13 boundaries.

Ashwin hit 5 boundaries in his unbeaten knock to swell India’s complete.

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Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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