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Shreyas Iyer scores century on Test debut against New Zealand

His 100-run partnership with Jadeja led the fightback on day one

India New Zealand Cricket Shreyas Iyer kisses his helmet after reaching his century against New Zealand | AP

Shreyas Iyer has scored a century on his Test debut, becoming the 10th Indian to do so. Iyer was drafted into the squad for the first Test against New Zealand in Kanpur and made it to an elite list of players with his century.

He fell shortly later to Tim Southee, ending a brilliant innings on 105 in the first session of day two.

Iyer had led the fight back on day one after three quick wickets by the tall Kyle Jamieson. He walked in with India reeling at 106 for 3, and after the Indian top order departed, he built a 100-run partnership with Ravindra Jadeja to take India to 284 for 5 at stumps on day one.

On a pitch that had variable bounce and didn't offer enough pace off it, Iyer put his best foot forward while facing 136 balls, hitting seven boundaries and two sixes on his very first day in office in the longest format.

Coming in at 106 for 3 at the fall of Cheteshwar Pujara's (26 off 88 balls) wicket, the debutant, in another half an hour, found his skipper Ajinkya Rahane's (33 off 65 balls) promising knock come to a halt as Kyle Jamieson (15.2-6-47-3) and Tim Southee (16.4-3-43-1) rocked the middle-order in inspiring post-lunch spells.

But at 144 for 4, Iyer took charge with senior all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja (50 batting, 100 balls) for company as they resurrected the innings, at the same time batting with a lot of intent to keep the scoreboard ticking.

The six over long on off left-arm spinner Ajaz Ansari, while giving him the charge, was that of a vintage 50-over batter and the shuffle towards off-stump to play the lap scoop off left-arm spinner Rachin Ravindra was straight from the IPL play-book.

Jadeja and Iyer would lose their wickets in the fist ten overs of day two, both to Southee. Though both teams have opted to go with three spinners, Jamieson and Southee have dominated the first innings, causing much trouble for the Indian batting lineup.

With the completion of the 98th over, India were on 311 for 7.

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