Kyle Jamieson's dream debut season for the BLACKCAPS continued in Christchurch on Saturday as he claimed a maiden five-wicket bag to help dismiss India for 242 on the opening day of the second Test.
Kane Williamson once again won an important toss and had no hesitation inserting India on a spicy looking Hagley Oval pitch with a heavy green tinge.
With Neil Wagner joining the Xl at the expense of spinner Ajaz Patel, the pressure was on the Kiwi seamers to deliver in what seemed bowler friendly conditions.
Indian opener Prithvi Shaw came out swinging with a brisk half-century, but he fell just before lunch as the first session ended on even terms at 85-2 with wickets to Trent Boult and Jamieson, the latter including a brilliant one hand catch by Tom Latham at second slip.
Tim Southee struck two major blows after the break removing Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane with some superb swing bowling, but Cheteshwar Pujara's 25th Test half-century ensured the visitors stayed in the contest reaching tea at 194-5.
After the break Jamieson made the big breakthrough, his extra bounce proving too much for Pujara's attempted pull-shot.
From there Jamieson would remove Pant, Yadav and Jadeja in 12 balls to secure his first five wicket bag and ensure the BLACKCAPS first day honour.
As it happened...
Boult! The leading Test wicket taker at Hagley Oval strikes. Swings in to Agarwal and he falls LBW for 7. India 30/1 now in the 6th over. LIVE scoring | https://t.co/z3Er2dGkSv #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/sUNxpwF1gv— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 28, 2020
50 and then out for Prithvi Shaw! Jamieson picks up the second wicket thanks to a flying one handed catch from Tom Latham at 2nd slip. Kohli joins Pujara. LIVE scoring | https://t.co/z3Er2dXVK3 #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/dx3TRfv3mH— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 29, 2020
Edged and Taken!— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 29, 2020
A quintessential Tim Southee out-swinger draws Rahane forward with the knick flying fast to Taylor who holds on up high. Southee has 2 since lunch!
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Vihari gets 50 and then is out to Wagner caught down leg by Watling. The wicket brings on the end of the session. Tea time at Hagley Oval with India 194/5. Pujara 53* Scorecard | https://t.co/z3Er2dXVK3 #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/ZcJDoM8Ou1— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 29, 2020
Jamieson has another! It's the set Pujara who goes trying to hook for 54. Can only edge it high and Watling moves to his left to take the catch. India now 197/6 as Jadeja joins Pant in the middle. LIVE scoring | https://t.co/z3Er2dXVK3 #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/nlHhuyOlmT— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 29, 2020
Jamieson with three now after Tea! Pant drags one on and goes for 12 then Yadav edges one to Watling and goes for 0. Shami joins Jadeja 0*. A double wicket maiden. India 207/8 LIVE scoring | https://t.co/z3Er2dXVK3 #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/BC2MTGQQdA— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 29, 2020
India all out for 242 batting first at Hagley Oval. Boult takes the final wicket bowling Shami for 16. Kyle Jamieson with his maiden 5 wicket haul in Test cricket. Finishes with 5-45. Southee 2-38 Boult 2-89 Wagner 1-29 LIVE scoring | https://t.co/z3Er2dXVK3 #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/Be7Lz5Qv67— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 29, 2020
8 overs into the 2nd innings at Hagley Oval. Tom Blundell 14* and Tom Latham 7* with the score 28/0 in early response to India's 242. LIVE scoring | https://t.co/z3Er2dXVK3 #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/grH9Ko92Ol— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 29, 2020