India fall to New Zealand’s clever mix of bouncer barrage and odd full length ball
Written by Vishal Menon
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Updated: February 21, 2020 12:48:19 pm


INDvNZ TEST, INDvNZ TEST day 1, Day 1 of India vs New Zealand test, India score, Jamieson bowling Debutant Kyle Jamieson claimed Three for 38 in 14 overs on Day 1. (Source: Reuters)

In the times to come, Kyle Jamieson will look again on the Virat Kohli dismissal on loop. It was the right set-up supply — full, large and inviting the booming cowl drive from the Indian captain. However, the trace of away motion elicited an outdoor edge that Ross Taylor held onto within the first slip.

Kohli’s stint on the Basin Reserve on Day 1 lasted simply seven deliveries. But what was spectacular from the debutant pacer was the cricketing smartness he showcased in plotting Kohli’s ouster.

Jamieson greeted Kohli to the crease with a brute of a short-pitched supply. His subsequent 5 deliveries alternated between again of the length stuff and these searing full-length deliveries.

The ploy was apparent — play on Kohli’s thoughts and push the Indian skipper again, earlier than dangling the bait.

INDvNZ TEST, INDvNZ TEST day 1, Day 1 of India vs New Zealand test, India score, Jamieson bowling Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Hanuma Vihari fell prey to Jamieson’s clever bowling. (Source: Reuters)

It was an identical plan that helped Jamieson account Cheteshwar Pujara, after having troubled him with the steep bounce that he was producing from this Basin Reserve observe. Ultimately, he conned Pujara with a fullish length supply that curved away, sufficient to get India No.3’s exterior edge.

Even Hanuma Vihari was put underneath strife by Jamieson’s clever mix of bouncer barrage that was interspersed with the odd full-length supply. Consequently, the Andhra batsman was rooted to the crease with none substantial ft motion. Yet once more, it was that full-length supply that seamed again sharply to take Vihari’s exterior edge.

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Much of his success at this time could be attributed to his strong 6-foot-8-inches body that helped him extract prodigious bounce. In a way, this old school Test match bowling is a throwback to former South African pacer Morne Morkel.

On his first day in Test cricket, the 25-year-old completed with spectacular figures of 3/38, together with his mastery of lengths tormenting India’s top-order.

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