Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh): Debutant Shreyas Iyer and Wriddhiman Saha came up with solid batting performances to help Team India stage a strong rally on the fourth day of the opening Test against New Zealand at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur on Sunday.
At tea on the penultimate day of the Test, Team India were at 167/7. The hosts have a lead of 216 runs.
At the break, Wriddhiman Saha was batting on 22 while Shreyas Iyer was caught behind off the bowling of New Zealand pacer Tim Southee at the stroke of tea.
The duo put together a partnership of 64 runs to help India stage a strong comeback after the New Zealand bowlers ran through the Indian top-order earlier in the day.
Resuming the second session at 84/5, Shreyas Iyer and Ravichandran Ashwin added 19 more runs to the total before the latter was dismissed by Kyle Jamieson in the 40th over. Ashwin departed after playing a knock of 32 and at this stage, India's lead was 152.
Wriddhiman Saha then joined Shreyas Iyer in the middle and the duo added runs 64 runs for the seventh wicket, however in the 61st over, Iyer (65) was dismissed by Tim Southee.
Earlier, Kyle Jamieson and Tim Southee wreaked havoc as New Zealand gained an upper hand against India on Day 4 of the ongoing first Test here at Green Park, Kanpur on Sunday.
At the lunch break, India's score read 84/5 with the hosts leading by 133 runs. Shreyas Iyer (18*) and Ravichandran Ashwin (20*) are currently unbeaten at the crease.
Resuming Day 4 at 14/1 with a lead of 63, overnight batters Cheteshwar Pujara (22) and Mayank Agarwal added 18 more runs to the total before the former was scalped by Kyle Jamieson.
Skipper Ajinkya Rahane (4) failed to leave a mark after he was sent back to the pavilion by Ajaz Patel and the hosts were reduced to 41/3 in the 15th over.
Mayank (17) and Ravindra Jadeja (0) were then quickly sent back by Tim Southee and India was staring down the barrel at 51/5 in the 20th over. In the end, Iyer and Ashwin ensured that the hosts did not lose any more wickets before the lunch break.
India: 345 and 167/7 (Shreyas Iyer 65; Kyle Jamieson 3/26, Tim Southee 3/48) vs New Zealand: 296.