Fast bowler Kyle Jamieson claimed a third wicket between lunch and tea Friday to continue a dream debut on the first day of the first cricket test between New Zealand and India.
Jamieson, New Zealand's tallest cricketer at 2.03 meters (6'8"), had 2-20 at lunch and captured the wicket of Hanuma Mihari in the second session as India went to tea at 122-5. Ajinkya Rahane was 38 not out and Rishabh Pant 10.
Jamieson used his height to extract difficult bounce on a pitch at the Basin Reserve which hardened during the day after being green and moist when the covers were lifted Friday after light overnight rain.
New Zealand won the toss and bowled, as captains have done 26 times in the last 30 tests in Wellington, and Jamieson was able to make good use of the conditions, also using fuller deliveries to take advantage of slight seam movement.
All three of his wickets, including the key wicket of India captain Virat Kohli (2), fell to catches behind the stumps.
His first victim in tests was Cheteshawar Punjara (11) who was forced to play at a full ball angled in on middle and off stumps which straightened, found the edge and carried to wicketkeeper B.J. Watling.
Jamieson's second was Kohli who pushed well forward to a wider delivery and was also undone when the ball nipped away slightly, took the outside edge and was caught by Ross Taylor at first slip. Taylor is playing his 100th test, becoming the fourth New Zealander after Stephen Fleming, Daniel Vettori and Brendon McCullum to achieve that milestone and the first to play 100 matches in all three formats.
Jamieson returned to dismiss Hanuma Vihari after lunch. Again a full delivery brought the batsman forward and the ball ducked away enough to find the edge and carry to Watling.
The pitch was slightly moist and slow at first, which made batting difficult. While the ball only seamed a little it was enough to demand batsmen use their feet and meet the ball with the full face.
Jamieson was also involved in the other wicket to fall between lunch and tea; he took a catch at fine leg to remove opener Mayank Agarwal from the bowling of Trent Boult.
A shorter ball from Boult rose on Agarwal's hip and the batsman flicked the ball from a top edge to Jamieson who pouched the catch in the deep. Agarwal batted through all of the first session and into the second, 2-1/2 hours in all, to make 34.
Rahane took over as the anchor of the innings and had batted 162 minutes by tea.
A strong wind at the Basin Reserve made conditions difficult for batsmen and bowlers and even Boult, New Zealand's leading fast bowler, took a turn bowling into the breeze.
Fast bowler Kyle Jamieson made an impressive start to his test career taking 3-38 Friday as New Zealand left India 122-5 on the rain-shortened first day of the first cricket test.
Ajinkya Rahane was 38 not out and Rishabh Pant 10 when stumps were drawn.
Jamieson was called up for Neil Wagner, New Zealand's most successful seamer of recent seasons, whose wife is expecting their first child.
New Zealand feared a hole in its bowling attack in Wagner's absence but Jamieson, who also made his international white-ball debut this season, stepped easily into the gap and ensured New Zealand took advantage of an influential toss.
His first wicket in tests was Cheteshwar Pujara (11) and his third, not long before rain shortened the day to two sessions, was Hanuma Vihari (7). The one he will remember longest was India captain Virat Kohli (2) who was out before lunch and whose dismissal swung the balance of the match in New Zealand's favor.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson didn't hesitate to bowl on winning the toss; the team winning the toss has bowled first 26 times in the last 30 tests at the Basin Reserve.
When the covers were drawn away from the pitch after some light morning rain it was green, moist and seemed to offer every advantage to the bowling team.
The pitch at first was a little slow and holding, hardened through the day and made the bounce sharper.
There was only a little seam and not much swing despite the low cloud that hung over the ground through the first two sessions and brought the rain during the tea break.
For Jamieson those conditions were ideal. His height — he stands 2.03 meters (6'8') — allowed him to use the bounce as the pitch hardened but he made most use of fuller deliveries which just nipped away. All of his wickets were catches behind the stumps.
He bowled full to Pujara, angling the ball into middle and off and forcing the batsman to play. When Pujara pushed tentatively forward, the ball just deviated, took the outside edge and carried to wicketkeeper B.J. Watling.
The delivery that accounted for Kohli was wider but still full. Kohli lunged well forward, the ball straightened just a little and took an edge, carrying to Ross Taylor at first slip.
The dismissal marked a collaboration between a player in his first test and another playing his 100th. Taylor on Friday became the fourth New Zealander after Stephen Fleming, Daniel Vettori and Brendon McCullum to play 100 tests and the first to play 100 matches in all three formats.
Vihari also fell to a full ball which demanded a shot and which moved enough to give Watling another catch.
Jamieson also had a hand in the dismissal of Mayank Agarwal after the opening had endured all of the first session. Trent Boult tried a shorter ball and Agarwal, playing off his hip, got a top edge which flew to Jamieson at fine leg.
Tim Southee claimed the first wicket of the day, bowling Prithvi Shaw for 16 when India was 16-0.
The rain came after tea, shortening the day though New Zealand had done enough to advance the match. A strong wind made conditions difficult for batsmen and bowlers.
China's home game against South Korea in the second leg of the Women's Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020 Asian qualifiers final round playoff will be played in Australia, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on Friday.
After consultation with the Chinese Football Association (CFA) and the Football Federation Australia (FFA), the AFC confirmed that the second-leg match scheduled for March 11, 2020 will take place at the Campbelltown Stadium in Sydney, Australia.
China played their final round group stage matches at the same venue, ranking second in the group behind hosts Australia.
China will begin the playoff campaign by traveling to South Korea for the first-leg on March 6, 2020 at the Yongin Citizens Sports Park, AFC said.
The winners of the two-legged play-off will seal their place in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, alongside hosts Japan and the winners of the other play-off match, which sees Australia take on Vietnam.
Former champions Sheikh Russel KC made 2nd consecutive draw in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) Football after playing goalless draw with Rahmatganj Muslim Friends Society in their 2nd match at Bangabandhu National Stadium here on Thursday.
Earlier in the first match, Sheikh Russel KC shared points with Brothers Union Club at their home venue in Sylhet.
After two league matches, Sheikh Russel KC remained winless and secured two points while Rahmatganj MFS opened their account first with one point from two league outings.
Sheikh Russel KC dominated the day’s match for most of the proceeding and created some good scoring chances, but failed to gain its benefits.
Rahmatganj coach Syed Golam Jilani said they defended very well and sometime made good counter attack on the touring Sheikh Russel KC.
As Bangladesh are gearing up to take on Zimbabwe in one-off Test from Saturday (February 22) at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur, Bangladeshi right-handed opening batsman Saif Hassan said he is eager to cement his place in the national team.
“I’m trying not to get dismissed even when I bat on the nets. I’m trying to bat as long as possible,” Saif told the media on Thursday.
Saif got the Test cap in the first Test of the two-match series against Pakistan, but he failed to impress as he suffered a duck in his maiden Test innings before coming up with 16 runs in the second innings.
“I was nervous in the first innings (of my debut Test) but faced no problem in the second innings. The ball was low (what he was dismissed by). I tried to manage it but failed. I should have concentrated more,” Saif added.
“We should not underestimate any team at the international level. The preparation is going well. We’ve to play our best cricket against Zimbabwe to win the game,” Saif further told the media.
Saif Hassan is the fifth opening partner of Tamim Iqbal in Bangladesh’s 39 innings in the last three years. Overall, Bangladesh have played 10 different opening pairs in the last 39 innings, which is clear evidence of Bangladesh’s fragility at the top of the order in Test cricket. Saif said he is upbeat to make a long-standing partnership with Tamim.
“It was my dream to open the innings with Tamim Bhai (brother) since my childhood. The dream came true. Now, I’m looking forward to making a long-standing opening pair with him,” Saif added.
Emphasizing performance as it matters much, Saif said “I might be dropped if I fail to deliver good performance in two-three matches on a row. But if I play a good brand of cricket, I’ll have a permanent place in the team.”