New Zealand’s gains in the middle session began to fade, however, as Iyer and Jadeja dug in.
Iyer picked his moments against the spinners as he struck seven fours and two sixes. He reached his maiden test half-century off 94 balls.
Jadeja was patient and solid at the other end as the duo took India past 200 runs. He scored his 17th test half-century off 99 balls, including six fours.
Their 100-run partnership came off 192 deliveries.
Most of New Zealand’s workload was shared in 45 wicketless overs by left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel, playing his 10th test, and offspinner William Somerville, playing his fifth. The debutant, batting allrounder Rachin Ravindra, bowled seven overs of left-arm spin.
New Zealand picked three spinners but the fast bowlers took the wickets, Jamieson 3-47 and Southee 1-43.
Shreyas Iyer reminded Wasim Jaffer of Rohit Sharma. “He plays spin really well and I think he has a pretty similar attitude [to] Rohit Sharma which I have seen coming from Mumbai. Whenever he’s in doubt he takes the aggressive approach and that’s what suits him, even in any other format. He’s not afraid to play his shots, to back his game and that’s his strength. I am happy that he played in the same manner [despite] coming at 106-3. His first scoring shot was going over the head of mid-on. That shows that he’s confident [about] his skills and that’s very nice to see,” he said.
Jaffer further spoke about the hard work of Iyer in domestic cricket.
“Iyer has come through [putting] the hard yards. He’s got lots and lots of runs in Ranji Trophy and first-class level. So he’s not short of experience… Even though he’s playing white-ball cricket for India, he’s come through the grinds just like Ajinkya Rahane and Pujara… He plays attacking cricket and that’s something you need at No. 5 and 6. You’ve got Rishabh Pant coming in and those players, if they bat a session or two, they can change games. Really happy for him, he’s grabbed his opportunity with both hands.”