Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh): Debutant Shreyas Iyer and Wriddhiman Saha came up with solid batting performances as Team India wrested the upper hand on the fourth day of the opening Test against New Zealand at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur on Sunday.
Shreyas Iyer on Sunday became the first Indian to score a century and a half-century on Test debut.
Shreyas Iyer slammed his maiden Test century (105) on Day 2 of the Kanpur Test during India's first innings against New Zealand on Friday. He became the 16th Indian to score a century on his Test debut.
The last Indian debutant to achieve the same was Prithvi Shaw, who reached the triple-figure mark against the West Indies in Rajkot in October 2018.
Shreyas Iyer and Wriddhiman Saha 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.
Wriddhiman Saha remained unbeaten on 61 - his fifth Test half-century - as Team India declared their second innings at 234/7. India had built up a lead of 283 runs.
At stumps, New Zealand were on 4/1, having lost opener Will Young, who was trapped leg-before to a viciously spinning delivery from India's star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
Tom Latham and William Somerville were at the crease for New Zealand when play was called off for the day. The visitors are currently trailing by 279 runs.
Earlier, at tea on the penultimate day of the Test, Team India were at 167/7.
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.
During the morning session, 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 234/7 declared (Shreyas Iyer 65, Wriddhiman Saha 61 not out; Kyle Jamieson 3/40, Tim Southee 3/75) vs New Zealand: 296 and 4/1.