IND vs NZ Live: Kyle Jamieson says, Indian fraction ahead, hopeful of swing in morning session

New Zealand pace spearhead Kyle Jamieson, who was New Zealand’s best bowler on the opening day, is hopeful of ending India innings as early as possible on Day 2. He feels that the Kiwis will have to make the most of the second new ball in the morning session. The first task will be to break the century partnership of R Jadeja and Shreyas Iyer. However, he accepted that India are a fraction ahead in the contest.

“Hopefully the new ball swings a little bit in the morning and we can get them. We need a good start in the morning,” Jamieson said after returning with impressive figures of 3 for 47.

With the wickets of Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill and Ajinkya Rahane, the tall Jamieson left India stuttering at 145 for four in the second session.

  • Kyle Jamieson emerged as the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand on Day 1. He kept India batsmen at bay by his swing and wily pace.
  • He also bowled as many as 6 maidens in the first two sessions with his tight line and lengths.
  • He had earlier taken 16 wickets in just 3 games against India which featured a five-wicket haul in WTC Final at Southampton.
  • Jamieson not just took the wickets but also brought timely breakthroughs to ensure India doesn’t get ahead of the game.
  • After getting rid of openers Mayank Agarwal (13) and Shubman Gill (35), Rahane’s wicket was just what the doctor ordered for the Blackcaps.
  • The brilliant spell put New Zealand on top after the first two sessions, a special feat in Indian conditions.

However, the duo of debutant Iyer and Jadeja handed the momentum back to India, and the Kiwi pacer had no qualms in admitting that.

“India fraction ahead I think. We hung around pretty well. I am not trying to change my game. I am very lucky to have guys like Tim Southee and Neil Wagner with me. I think we are pretty good, we had our discussion before the game on how to go about things,” Jamieson said during the virtual press conference held after stumps on Day 1.

“I was lucky to get some movement early on, a little bit of reverse in the middle. We do know the nature of the pitch here, they do tend to break up,” he added.

On a surface with variable bounce, India did quite well to end the day at 258 for four after losing three wickets in the second session.

“Not a huge amount going on. Found some swing early and it was up and down a little bit.”

Appearing in only his third Test abroad, Jamieson is aware that the challenge of playing Test cricket in India will be different from what it is back home.

The 26-year-old was part of the New Zealand team that reached the final of the T20 World Cup but he did not get game time in the UAE. He also got injured in England.

“It’s nice to be back out there. Probably I think not having game time in the IPL and World Cup gave me a chance to take a step back and work on a few things…”

“Hardly played the last couple of months. Nice to get back onto the park.”

Jamieson, who has made a record-breaking start to Test cricket, with 49 wickets in just nine appearances (including the ongoing game), is on his first tour of the country with the national team.

As the Kiwis started their WTC title defence, Jamieson entered the scene with five five-wicket hauls and an incredible average of 14.17 in the five-day format.

“I am not trying to change my game… very lucky to have guys like Tim (Southee) and Wags (Neil Wagner) with me.. I think we’re pretty good, we had our discussion before the game on how to go about things.

“Lucky to get some movement early on.. little bit of reverse in the middle. We do know the nature of the pitch (here), they do tend to break up.”