With India claiming to be in good position after the first day's play in the opening Test, New Zealand spinner Mitchell Santner reckoned that his side was not in a bad position either, considering the kind of start the home team got, in Kanpur on Thursday.
Mitchell Santner was the wrecker in chief as he picked up three wickets and brought back New Zealand into the game.
Well, the Mumbai lad on Thursday once again got a start only to throw it away at the fag end of the day to be dismissed for 35 at a crucial juncture. It was a rare odd day for Jadeja and R Ashwin, who went wicketless despite bowling 31 overs together.
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On his experience of bowling in India so far, the New Zealander added: "The challenge is to keep the hands dry in these hot conditions". The wicket is on the slower side and it is hard to score runs.
- Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay put on 112 for the second wicket - India's second highest for the second wicket vs New Zealand at Kanpur in Tests next only to the 114 between Sunil Gavaskar and Mohinder Amarnath in 1976.
Vijay preferred to play his shots from the backfoot against both Sodhi or Boult while Pujara was impressive with his nimble footwork.
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Chetsehwar Pujara also had an ordinary West Indies tour but is a certainty in the middle order along with skipper Kohli after a strong showing in the Duleep Trophy, where he hit an unbeaten 256 for India Blue.
After 11 overs of toiling on an unresponsive pitch, Neil Wagner struck a body blow when he banged it short and induced Kohli (nine) into attempting a pull shot early in his innings, only for the right-hander to top edge a catch to Ish Sodhi. After New Zealand, India will host England, Australia and Bangladesh.
"The key is to remain positive and at the same time be solid and handle situations pro-actively", Kohli said in a pre-match press conference on Wednesday. Ajinkya Rahane (18) became Mark Craig's 49th Test victim shortly after tea, the off spinner tossed one up at an awkward length and had India's vice-captain caught at short leg.
"That's something we are happy about, that we can plan our test cricket, and back ourselves and get those victories whenever the chance comes".
"You never know how we go about it on day two when we are about to bowl". India could have batted much better.
With spinners set to play a major role in this series, Jadeja with his left-arm spin and batting ability is an easy pick along with leg-spinner Amit Mishra and the seasoned Ashwin.
It was a point clearly not lost on New Zealand, and set-up an intriguing second day to a series that suddenly has a bit more life for those who doubted how competitive it might be.