Featuring only in his second Test, New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson wreaked havoc with the ball on Saturday as he orchestrated a familiar Indian batting collapse at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch. The 6 feet 8 inch Jamieson got his maiden five-wicket haul to bundle out India for 242 despite three of their batsmen crossing fifty-plus mark on the opening day of the second Test. He feels Indian batsmen going for their shots served their purpose on the first day particularly in post-Tea session which put the visiting side on the back foot. Also Read - Anushka Sharma, Virat Kohli Raise Covid-19 Relief Fund Target To Rs 11 Crore, Read On
“They played a few more shots than what they did in Wellington. I think the pitch probably allowed them to as well.” Also Read - Cricket: Rajasthan Royals' All-Rounder Ben Stokes Rules Out Playing In Rescheduled IPL 2021, Provides Injury Update
“While it was still value for shots here, it still probably kept us in the game as well, the way the ball was moving around,” Jamieson said after first day’s play in Christchurch. Also Read - Rahul Dravid Picked Cues From Australian Structure And Created Solid Pool For Indian Cricket: Greg Chappell
The surface at the Hagley Oval is better for strokeplay and that is why it took some time for the bowlers to hit the right length.
“I guess your margin for where you’re trying to land the ball probably gets a little bit smaller. And they did well I think,” Jamieson praised the Indian batsmen.
“When we overpitched, they put it away, and if we missed wide, they put that away, so look, it was just about trying to hang in there, and I think as a collective we managed to do that, and had a pretty good day.”
The second and third day will be better for batting, reckoned Jamieson.
“In saying that, it’s still pretty similar around days two and three where you still get value for your shots and it will probably flatten out a little bit.”
“I guess that means that first session tomorrow becomes really crucial, and look, the way both Toms (Latham and Blundell) got through tonight was massive for us, being none down, and hopefully they can start in a similar way tomorrow and hopefully set up the game for us.”
Adding to India’s woes on Day 1, New Zealand opening duo of Tom Blundell and Tom Latham survived the opening burst from India’s new-ball bowlers and went to Stumps unbeaten, adding 63 for the first-wicket stand.