That brings us to the end of our coverage of the opening day of the first Test between India and New Zealand at the Green Park in Kanpur. The fifth-wicket stand between Iyer and Jadeja certainly has given the home team hope of posting a solid first innings total in excess of 400, though a couple of early wickets tomorrow could swing things back in the Black Caps’ favour.
Do join us tomorrow for Day 2. For now, this is Amit Banerjee bidding you all goodbye!
Kyle Jamieson speaks to the commentators after stumps:
Jamieson: (On Indian conditions) It’s a little different from back home. Nice to have some swing. I’ve hardly played in the last couple of months, so took a while to find my rhythm. Nice to get back into the park and play Test cricket. The new ball swings in the morning and we can take a few. At the same time, two classy guys (Iyer and Jadeja) in the centre. I think we hung around pretty good till four down. If we get a good start tomorrow morning, we can get into a good position.”
After 84 overs,India 258/4 ( Shreyas Iyer 75 , Ravindra Jadeja 50)
SIX! Iyer hits with the turn after getting one in the slot, and hits this well enough for the ball to sail over the midwicket part of the fence, and land among the spectators. Second six of the innings for Iyer, who moves to 75 with that shot.
And it’s STUMPS on Day 1 at the end of this over as the umpires have decided the light is insufficient for play to continue any further, bringing to the opening day to an end.
After 83 overs,India 252/4 ( Shreyas Iyer 69 , Ravindra Jadeja 50)
Two from the over, with Jadeja bringing out the sword celebrations after completing a quick single in the third delivery to bring up his half century. The pair will perhaps look to see off the remaining overs of the day and try and preserve his wicket.
Fifty up for Ravindra Jadeja! The all-rounder dashes off for a quick single after tapping the ball towards mid off, completing the milestone in 99 deliveries, and brings out the iconic sword celebration. This is his 17th Test half-century. IND 252/4
After 82 overs,India 250/4 ( Shreyas Iyer 69 , Ravindra Jadeja 49)
As expected, Kyle Jamieson returns from the other end and starts off his new spell with a delivery that stays low and challenges Jadeja’s outside edge. Jadeja then collects back-to-back boundaries to take the fifth-wicket stand past the 100-mark, and is one short of his fifty after collecting a single off the last delivery.
FOUR! Jamieson fires a length ball down the leg side, and Jadeja tucks this towards the fine leg fence to bring up the century stand with Iyer in style. The pair have consumed 192 deliveries so far. IND 245/4
After 81 overs,India 241/4 ( Shreyas Iyer 69 , Ravindra Jadeja 40)
And the Black Caps have decided to make use of the second new ball right away. Tim Southee gets to make first use of it, and starts off his new spell with a maiden.
After 80 overs,India 241/4 ( Shreyas Iyer 69 , Ravindra Jadeja 40)
Jadeja runs the ball down the ground off the fourth, followed by an on drive off Iyer’s bat through midwicket, both collecting a single as a result. Two from the over, with the second new ball now available for the Black Caps. Will Williamson take it right away and bring Jamieson and Southee back?