Tim Southee five-for brings New Zealand back

Tim Southee five-for brings New Zealand back in contention after Shreyas Iyer’s debut century

India go to lunch on the second day on 339 for 8, with R Ashwin on a counterattacking 38

Lunch India 339 for 8 (Iyer 105, Ashwin 38, Umesh 4, Southee 5-69, Jamieson 3-85) vs New Zealand

Tim Southee delivered one of the great Test-match spells by a visiting fast bowler in India to almost singlehandedly drag New Zealand back into the Kanpur Test. Having nursed a groin strain that took him off the field for parts of the first day’s play, Southee had recovered sufficiently – or bowled through whatever residual pain he still felt – to pick up four wickets in an unbroken spell of 11 overs on the second morning to complete his 13th five-wicket haul in Test cricket and his second in India.
Starting the day at 258 for 4 with two half-centurions at the crease, India went to lunch at 339 for 8. That the morning wasn’t entirely New Zealand’s was down to Shreyas Iyer, who became the 16th India batter to score a century on debut, and R Ashwin, who counterattacked from No. 8 to go to lunch batting on 38 off 54 balls.

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