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Shreyas Iyer becomes first Indian to score century and half-century on Test debut

 

Shreyas Iyer hit a fine half-century today to get India out of trouble in the second innings of the first Test against New Zealand, becoming the first cricketer from the country to score a century and a fifty on debut.
Iyer made 65 in the second innings to go with his brilliant 105 in the first.

Coming into the side due to an injury to KL Rahul and players like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma rested, Iyer put in a performance to remember, notching up several milestones.

He became the first Indian men’s cricketer since Sunil Gavaskar to register two scores of 50 or more in their first match.

The right-hander from Mumbai is also third on the list of most runs by an Indian men’s cricketer on Test debut.

Shreyas Iyer’s century in the first innings helped India reach a total of 345 before Axar Patel’s fifer saw New Zealand bowled out for 296. However, India found themselves in a hole in the second innings, with Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson running ragged once again.

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