The right-hander got the opportunity in absence of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (both rested) and KL Rahul (injured), and made full use of this chance by making an attractive half-century, and remaining unbeaten on 75 at the end of the day.
Shreyas Iyer entertained the crowd with some big sixes and regular boundaries. The Kanpur crowd was so impressed with the right-hander’s performance that they were heard chanting, “5 Rupay Ki Pepsi, Iyer Bhai Sexy” as the batter continued to score runs off the tired New Zealand bowlers in the third session.
Watch: Kanpur Crowd Shout “5 Rupay Ki Pepsi, Iyer Bhai Sexy” As Shreyas Iyer Bats On His Test Debut
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Shreyas Iyer-Ravindra Jadeja century partnership puts India in good position at stumps on Day 1
The host camp would be much relieved at the end of Day 1 at the score of 258/4 after being 145/4 at one stage.
Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and elected to bat first. The new opening pair of Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill found it difficult to negate the high-class swing bowling of Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson.
Jamieson swung the ball hoops both in-swing and out-swing before he finally had Agarwal for 13, the batsman nicking to wicketkeeper Tom Blundell.
Gill then unfurled his range: he cut, drove, flicked, and also slammed Patel for a straight six. Gill raised his fifty before lunch. However, in first over of the second session, Jamieson bowled Gill with a sharp in-seamer which breached Gill’s defence and took an inside edge on its way to uprooting two stumps.