IND vs NZ Live: Team India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja on Thursday slammed his 17th Test fifty and followed it up with his signature sword celebration in the 1st Test against New Zealand here at Kanpur. Opting to bat, India were reeling at 145/4 when Ravindra Jadeja and debutant Shreyas Iyer stitched an unbeaten 113 runs partnership to put India in command at stumps on Day 1. Follow InsideSport.in for more updates.
IND vs NZ Live: Ravindra Jadeja brings up signature sword celebration after 17th Test 50 – Watch video
Jadeja continued his prolific form at home in the Test format and carried his bat along with Shreyas Iyer – who made his debut in Test cricket today. The left-handed batsman slammed six fours in his unbeaten 50 runs knock and steadied India’s innings which was reeling at 145/4 after Pujara and Rahane couldn’t convert the start.
Here’s Jadeja’s signature sword celebration –
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Ravindra Jadeja at Test in home conditions: Jadeja has been in terrific touch with the bat in home Tests. In the last 10 innings at home since 2018, he has scored 454 runs at an average of 75.7, including 4 fifties and 1 hundred.
Jadeja in the last five innings in home Tests
91 vs South Africa in Pune
51 vs South Africa in Ranchi
60* vs Bangladesh in Indore
12 vs Bangladesh in Kolkata
50* vs New Zealand in Kanpur
Coming back to the match, India stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and opted to bat first. The host were off to a tidy in the first six overs before Kyle Jamieson drew the first blood by removing Mayank Agarwal cheaply at 13.
Shubhman Gill and Cheteswar Pujara then added fifty runs partnership for the second wicket as Gill slammed his fourth Test fifty. However, Jamieson once again helped Kiwis bounce back in the game as he removed Shubhman Gill just after the lunch break. Pujara and Rahane too departed cheaply scoring 26 and 35 respectively as India’s score read 145/4 at one moment.
However, Ravindra Jadeja and debutant Shreyas Iyer then slammed half-centuries and stitched a solid partnership of 113 to control the proceedings, helping India post 258/4 before bad light stopped play on Day 1.
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