Kyle Jamieson Shubman Gill

Watch: Kyle Jamieson mirrors James Anderson’s delivery and celebrations in dismissing Shubman Gill


New Zealand were off to a flying start in the 1st Test in Kanpur, with Kyle Jamieson and Tim Southee providing the visiting unit some early breakthroughs. There was good swing on offer for both these seamers, who kept hitting the right lengths and troubled the Indian batters from the get-go.

However, Shubman Gill had other ideas and kept taking his chances against the run of play. He accumulated some terrific boundaries, and kept the scoreboard moving at a decent pace. The young batter from Punjab completed a fantastic half-century upon his return to the Indian setup, and he further intensifies the headache of plenty that the Indian management have with regards to opening options available.

It needed something special to dismiss Gill, and that special moment came from Kyle Jamieson. The tall pacer bowled a peach of an inswinger, drawing the 22-year-old to play a half-hearted forward defense. Shubman Gill has the tendency to leave a lot of gap between bat and pad while attempting the forward defense, and this time, a small inside edge allowed the ball to sneak through and rattle the stumps.

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This peach of a delivery from Jamieson which ended Gill’s 93-ball 52, was an action replay of his dismissal during the England tour of India earlier this year. On that occasion, it was James Anderson who induced this forward defense and exploited the bat-and-pad gap masterfully.

Here’s a video compiling both similar dismissals from Jamieson and Anderson

New Zealand seemed to be in control of the game after the dismissal of Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. They were struggling at 145/4, when Ravindra Jadeja walked in to bat alongside Shreyas Iyer. The duo had a complicated task, but the Kiwis let the momentum slide away courtesy some underwhelming bowling from their spin department.

Iyer, who is making his Test debut today, completed a half-century and shortly after the new ball was taken, Jadeja too completed his fifty. The day was called off due to bad light with 6 overs left to play, and India found themselves in a good position at 258/4, with Iyer batting on 75 and Jadeja batting on 50. For New Zealand, Jamieson returned with figures of 3/47.