The two-match Test series between India and New Zealand kicked off in Kanpur. While India put up an impressive batting performance, Tim Southee starred for the Kiwis with the ball in hand. Winning the toss, India put up a respectable score of 345 as debutant Shreyas Iyer brought up his maiden Test century.
Shubman Gill and Ravindra Jadeja’s half-centuries saw India manage to cross the 300 run mark with handy contributions from Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin who got good starts. In reply, the Kiwis came out all guns blazing as they finished day two with 129 runs on the board without losing a wicket.
Tim Southee and Nitin Menon share a light moment
It was towards the close of play on day one that Tim Southee and on-field umpire Nitin Menon were seen having a laugh together. At the end of 83 overs, India were at 252 for the loss of 4 wickets as the natural light began to fade away. On-filed umpires were quick to pause the game as the light meters were out to check if there is enough light to continue play.
It was then that the incident took place as Tim Southee and Nitin Menon had a chat over it. While Menon was concerned over the light, Southee wanted the play to continue. As Menon persisted, Southee took a dig as he questioned why Menon had his sunglasses on if the light wasn’t adequate. The cheeky comment cracked up umpire Menon as both were seen sharing a laugh in the middle.
Tom Latham and Will Young become the 3rd visiting opening pair to score a hundred partnership against India in Kanpur. Much will depend on how the duo resume play on day three as India will eager to get some quick wickets. With just 57 overs bowled, skipper Rahane will be looking to his spinners to give him the breakthroughs as the host await for the new ball to be available.