Day 2 of the first Test match between India and New Zealand at Kanpur belonged to the Kiwis as the visitors ended the day's proceedings with 129 for no loss after dismissing India for 345 runs in the first innings.
The highlight of the day was Shreyas Iyer's impressive hundred (105) on debut. The young batter chose his shots wisely and guided India to a good total. India started the day on a low as overnight half-centurion Ravindra Jadeja (50) chopped one onto the stumps without adding any run, giving Tim Southee his first wicket of the day. The talented speedster went on to pick a fifer (5-69) later on in the day.
After Jadeja's dismissal, Wriddhiman Saha barely spent 12 balls for his 1 run before edging one to Tom Blundell behind the wicket. Ravichandran Ashwin proved to be a great soldier with the bat once again as he scored graciously for his 56-ball 38. Umesh Yadav chipped in with him at No. 10 for a crucial 26-run partnership that included a stupendous six from Yadav's bat.
Even though India might have been pleased with the overall batting effort, once the Kiwis took guards, the 345-run total started appearing easily gettable. Tom Latham (50*) and Will Young (75*) made things look like a walk in the park as both batters raced to individual fifties. Even though Young barely has any Test cricket experience, the way the youngster dealt with the likes of R Ashwin, Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja was far from just being impressive. He used his feet brilliantly against the spinners and continued frustrating them.
India had a terrible day with the DRS. Every time the finger went up in India's favour, DRS turned it down, leaving the Indian bowlers red-faced. The latest blow came when Ashwin appeared to have trapped Latham to edge one to Saha but on reviewing, it showed that it was the bat kissing the pads and not the ball.
It will be interesting to see what approach coach Rahul Dravid and the Team India think tank take tomorrow to bring India back into the thick of things. The bowlers will certainly have to up their game to break the partnership early on if India are to get a first-innings lead.