291/9 a good total to play around with: Vijay

Last Updated: Thu, Sep 22, 2016 22:23 hrs
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New Zealand spinner Mitchell Santner, who grabbed three top and middle-order wickets to push India on the back-foot at stumps on Day 1 of the Kanpur Test feels the Kiwis have done well for themselves on a pitch that didn't spin early on.

"After losing the toss, I think we are reasonably positioned," Kiwi spinner Mitchell Santner told reporters.

"We didn't try anything different. We tried bowling in the good areas to build pressure and tried getting wickets. It didn't spin early on but 291-9, not too bad."

The New Zealand spinner and paceman Trent Boult combined to lead a fightback and restrict India to 291 for nine on the opening day of the first Test on Thursday.

Meanwhile, India's opener Murali Vijay, who notched up a half-century, was confident a score in the region of 300 would be enough for his team.

"I think we are in a good position," the right-hander said. "We have put the runs on the board. So all we've got to do now is go out there and put pressure on them while bowling. It's a good total to play around with."

Ravindra Jadeja (16) and Umesh Yadav (eight) will return on Friday looking to take India, who went into the match with four bowlers to accommodate an extra batsman, past the 300-run mark when play resumes on Day 2.

With Reuters inputs

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