That's it from us at Firstpost Sports today. Do tune in tomorrow for our coverage of the 2nd day's play. Till then, goodbye!
That's it from us at Firstpost Sports today. Do tune in tomorrow for our coverage of the 2nd day's play. Till then, goodbye!
Add a hushed silence to it, and you'll realise the impact that Virat Kohli's dismissal for a low score had on the local fans.
The day saw Vijay and Pujara dominate the New Zealand attack in the first half of the day. The 112-run 2nd-wicket stand between the two helped build the foundation for a score within the range of 300. Full credit to the Black Caps for the way they swung the momentum back in their favour. While Boult managed to clean up most of the lower-order, including the important wicket of Ashwin, it was the spin trio of Santner, Sodhi and Craig who deserve special praise for the way they utilised the conditions to their advantage, and got the crucial scalps in the top and middle-order.
After 90 overs,India 291/9 ( Ravindra Jadeja 16, Umesh Yadav 8)
End of what has been a fantastic day of cricket, with an even contest between bat and ball on display on the occasion of India's 500th Test. Jadeja and Yadav manage to see through the remaining overs of the day, with the hosts reaching 291/9 after 90 overs. While India looked dominant in the first session, the second and third clearly belonged to the Black Caps.
OUT! Turning out to be New Zealand's session all the way! Boult gets his third wicket, penetrating Shami's defence to clip his off-stump! India lose their ninth wicket with 277 on board, as their hopes for 300 slowly fade.
Mohammed Shami b Trent Boult 0(2)
After 85 overs,India 273/8 ( Ravichandran Ashwin 36, Ravindra Jadeja 6)
The Indians would have hoped for Rohit Sharma and Ravi Ashwin to preserve their wicket till the end of the day's play. However, Rohit, as well as Wriddhiman Saha, depart in quick succession with a few overs left for stumps. For now, getting to the 300-run mark would be an achievement of sorts, as well as a morale-booster for the Indian bowlers.
BOWLED EM! Beautiful inswinger from Boult crashes through Saha's defence, clipping the top of the stumps! The Indian wicketkeeper-batsman departs for a silver duck, as India collapse to 262/7.
Wriddhiman Saha b Trent Boult 0(2); India 262/7
OUT! Rohit's stay at the crease is cut short by a poorly-executed shot, which results in him getting caught by Sodhi at mid-on while looking for a big hit. Departs for 35 off 67, as India lose their sixth wicket with 261 on board. End of the 52-run stand, with Santner getting his third wicket.
Rohit Sharma c Ish Sodhi b Mitchell Santner 35(67); India 261/6
After 80 overs,India 256/5 ( Rohit Sharma 34, Ravichandran Ashwin 31)
Having batted cautiously for the most part in the third session so far, Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin have started to gather runs at a much quicker pace now, getting boundaries almost every over. While Ashwin's strokes have followed the textbook to a t, Rohit has been aggressive in his shot selection.
After 75 overs,India 236/5 ( Rohit Sharma 25 , Ravichandran Ashwin 20)
Ashwin is occasionally getting a boundary or two, as the current pair at the crease are looking to take things slowly, with their main objective being preserving their wickets till the end of day's play. The wicket has a fair bit of turn in it, which is great news for the likes of Ashwin and Jadeja. However, the target for the hosts will be to get to a score of 300 to say the least
After 65 overs,India 210/5 ( Rohit Sharma 19(21), Ravi Ashwin 0(5))
Rohit, who is playing a crucial knock today given the questions being asked over his place in the team, shows his aggressive intent in the 63rd over, hammering two fours and a six off Sodhi to gather 14 runs, bringing up the 200 in the process. However, the hosts are dealt with another blow, this time off Mark Craig's bowling, as Rahane gets an inside-edge to serve Latham a simple catch at short-leg.
OUT! Rahane is beaten for length, not being able to judge the dip in the Craig delivery that eventually gets an inside-edge off his bat, deflecting off his front pad before lobbing over to Latham at short-leg! The New Zealand spinners were expected to be force to reckon with ahead of the series, and they are justifying that tag so far!
Ajinkya Rahane c Tom Latham b Mark Craig 18(36); India 209/5
After 59 overs,India 185/4 ( Ajinkya Rahane 12 , Rohit Sharma 0)
OUT! And the wickets are continuously tumbling for the Indians, as Vijay now heads back to the pavilion to join Rahul, Pujara and Kohli. Looks to go for a cut, but ends up getting a bottom edge to wicketkeeper Watling, who has been doing a fantastic job so far in the day. The Tamil Nadu batsman barely bats an eyelid before walking off. The Kiwis however, are ecstatic at the prospect of having grabbed three wickets in this session.
Murali Vijay c BJ Watling b Ish Sodhi 65(170)
After 55 overs,India 184/3 ( Murali Vijay 65, Ajinkya Rahane 11)
The dismissals of Pujara and Kohli off successive overs has brought New Zealand back into the game, and they'll look to maintain the grip on the hosts now. Kohli's dismissal was especially shocking, given that he uncharacteristically fell into the trap set by the Kiwis by going for the pull of a short delivery. Meanwhile, Vijay is batting solidly in the 60s at the moment, while Rahane has helped himself with one boundary so far.
OUT! Hushed silence at the Green Park, as Neil Wagner's plan of bowling short to Kohli results in the Black Caps getting rid of the Indian skipper without letting him cause much damage. Kohli goes for the pull towards the leg side, and ends up lobbing it to Sodhi at fine-leg, walking back to the pavilion after gathering just 9 runs, as India lose their third wicket with 167 on board. The momentum is with the visitors after the two quick wickets.
Virat Kohli c Ish Sodhi b Neil Wagner 9(10); India 167/3 in 51.3 overs
OUT! Santner strikes again, this time breaking the 112-run 2nd wicket stand! Rather soft dismissal for Pujara though, the way he was batting against the spinners in his innings. Pujara goes to the pitch of the ball, which lands along the leg stump, but ends up misjudging the length, which is too full for a drive down the ground. Ends up serving the young Kiwi spinner a simple return catch.
Cheteshwar Pujara c&b Mitchell Santner 62 (109); India 154/2 after 48.4 overs
After 45 overs,India 145/1 ( Murali Vijay 52, Cheteshwar Pujara 59)
Vijay and Pujara are in full flow at the moment, bringing up their respective half-centuries before the latter brings up the CENTURY PARTNERSHIP with a backfoot drive through extra-cover off Santner. The Indians are in command of the proceedings at the moment. Meanwhile, Williamson has opted for a mix of pace and spin, with Wagner partnering with Santner
FIFTY FOR CHETESHWAR PUJARA! Gets there in 82 balls, and boy has his innings been pleasing to watch so far! He has looked superb against the spinners so far, and will now set his sights at the three-figure mark, one that will help cement his spot in the Test side.
After 40 overs,India 133/1 ( Murali Vijay 50, Cheteshwar Pujara 47)
Murali Vijay brings up the first individual milestone of the day, going for a single to bring up his 13th Test fifty. If there was any doubt over his place at the opener's slot in the Test side, it would have been removed by now! Meanwhile, Pujara is on the verge of his own fifty, with the century partnership also on the cards.
After 35 overs,India 114/1 ( Murali Vijay 43, Cheteshwar Pujara 39)
Boult returns to the attack at the start of the second session. Vijay manages to get an outside edge that beats the keeper, moving to the 40s with that boundary. Pujara executes another confident cut on the backfoot, this time off Sodhi's bowling in the 35th over!
After 31 overs,India 105/1 ( Murali Vijay 39 , Cheteshwar Pujara 34)
And its LUNCH on Day 1 of India's 500th Test. Barring the hiccup that saw KL Rahul being sent back to the pavilion, it has fairly been India's session all the way. While Rahul started things off with a few exquisite cover drives against Boult and Wagner, the highlight of the session has been Pujara's confident display so far, shuffling his feet quite beautifully against the spinners, and displaying the hunger for a big score today!
After 30 overs,India 100/1 ( Murali Vijay 38 , Cheteshwar Pujara 30)
Vijay and Pujara look fairly settled at the crease right now, having brought up the fifty stand for the second wicket already. The 100 comes up for the hosts in the 30th over, with lunch barely a few minutes away.
After 25 overs,India 86/1 ( Murali Vijay 32 , Cheteshwar Pujara 22)
Vijay and ChePu have helped the hosts recover after the dismissal of Rahul. Pujara, especially looks quite confident today, and is using his feet brilliantly against the spinners. He desperately needs a big score today if he is to justify his position in the side, and seems to be going about business quite fluently right now. Meanwhile, Ish Sodhi has been introduced into the attack, as the Black Caps are going for a full spin attack at the moment.
Meanwhile, the legendary Sachin Tendulkar describes India's 500th Test as a legendary occasion, while being interviewed on air by Ravi Shastri. Interesting to note that he featured in 200 of the 500 Tests that India have played till date.
After 20 overs,India 66/1 ( Murali Vijay 23 , Cheteshwar Pujara 11)
Pujara brings up the 50 for India, aside from opening his account, with a boundary towards the off side off Santner's bowling. Meanwhile, Kiwi skipper Williamson introduces Mark Craig into the attack, with spin from both ends being enforced at the moment. Isn't that what Hesson had hinted ahead of the series?
OUT! And a spinner it is who draws first blood for New Zealand! Quicker one from Santner outside off, with the ball gripping the surface! The ball straightens, and gets the outside edge of Rahul, who was way back in his crease. Was looking set for another big score, but he will have to stay content with 32. India lose their first wicket with 42 on board in the 11th over.
KL Rahul c BJ Watling b Mitchell Santner 32 (39)
After 10 overs,India 35/0 ( Lokesh Rahul 26 , Murali Vijay 9)
OUT! And it is a spinner that strikes for New Zealand! Quicker ball from Santner that straightens, and appears to have gripped. Santner and keeper Watling appeal in unison, and the umpire barely takes time in raising the finger. The momentum has been broken after a steady start!
After 5 overs,India 13/0 ( Lokesh Rahul 11 , Murali Vijay 2)
And we're underway with India's 500th Test! Boult bowls the first over of the day, and gets hammered for two boundaries by Rahul, who seems to have picked up from where he left off in the Caribbean. Wagner shares the new ball with Boult. The seaming pair pepper their deliveries with an occasional bouncer or two, one of which deflects off Vijay's elbow guard.
India off to rollicking start:
Murali Vijay thumps Trent Boult for two boundaries in the first over, as India take eight runs in the first six balls
New Zealand load up on spin
The Kiwis have three spinners in their playing XI: Mitch Santner, Mark Craig and Ish Sodhi. They have also persisted with out-of-form opener Martin Guptill.
New Zealand Playing XI: Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Luke Ronchi, Mitch Santner, BJ Watling (wk), Mark Craig, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner
No Dhawan for India, Rohit starts
India have chosen Rohit Sharma over Shikhar Dhawan for the first Test, overlooking the Mumbai batsmen's poor recent form. The rest of the side is along predictable lines, with Ravindra Jadeja getting the nod over Amit Mishra for the second spinner's slot alongside Ravi Ashwin
India playing XI: Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravi Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Shami
New Zealand pick three spinners
On their first Test in India in over four years, the Kiwis have gone in with three spinners and two seamers. Mitch Santner will act as a spin-bowling all-rounder, while Neil Wagner and Trent Boult will be the two seamers for the visitors.
India to bat first
India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elects to bat first. The hosts have gone with six batsmen and four bowlers, with Kohli saying two pacemen and two spinners should be enough to do the job.
Welcome to the Live coverage of Day One of 1st Test between India and New Zealand at Kanpur. The hosts begin their long home season on a historic note as the first Test will be India's 500th. A win in the three-match series will put India back on top of ICC Test rankings, but the formidable New Zealand side would come with an aim to win their first ever series on Indian soil. Follow this blog for all the Live updates
Preview: Hosts India will be targeting the Test team top spot when they face New Zealand in their historic 500th match starting in Kanpur on Thursday.
The contest is primarily being viewed as a battle between the New Zealand batsmen and the spin-oriented Indian bowlers in conditions favouring the home team in the three-match series.
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will be leading the Indian bowling attack while Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson is the star batting attraction for the visitors.
The Green Park pitch in Kanpur promises to be a spin-friendly wicket and the Indian tweakers will play a major role in the hosts' ambition to become the top team. But all their plans can be dampened by rain as heavy downpour is forecast in the city's next six-day weather reports.
Going by the spin-heavy conditions, Kohli will have no hesitation in going in with his spin trio -- Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Amit Mishra.
On the other hand, the Kiwis had only played a warm-up game against Mumbai in Delhi, where their bowlers conceded runs. A rib injury to all-rounder Jimmy Neesham, who has been ruled out of the first Test, has also hampered their preparations.
He is expected to be fit for the second Test, beginning on 30 September in Kolkata, hence New Zealand have opted not to name any replacements.
He picked up the injury during training last Thursday, and it had affected his participation in the warm-up fixture against Mumbai in Delhi. He didn't bat in either innings and bowled just five overs.
In the batting department, the Kiwi batsmen did not step up to the occasion as Martin Guptill, one of their best batsmen in recent times, lasted a mere 21 balls in his two innings. The Mumbai batsmen dominated the practice match with three batsmen striking a century each in the first innings.
India will also be without their experienced Delhi pacer Ishant Sharma, who is recovering from the mosquito-borne viral infection chikungunya.
The series will be a big test for the seasoned Rohit Sharma and opener Shikhar Dhawan, whose talent has always been a topic of discussion.
Speaking ahead of the match, India skipper Virat Kohli stressed on being positive and advised the players to handle the situation pro-actively.
"The key is to remain positive and at the same time be solid and handle situations pro-actively," Kohli said in a pre-match press conference on Wednesday.
A 1-0 or 2-1 win will take India to 111 points, similar to current top spot holder Pakistan but ahead of them on decimal points while a 2-0 win margin will see India surge ahead at 113 points.
A 3-0 win will move India to 115 points. New Zealand, which is currently on 95 points, will remain at the seventh position with any of these margins with the maximum drop to 91 points in case they lose all the three matches.
A 1-1 series draw will result in India dropping to the fourth position on 108 points and New Zealand rising to fifth on 97 points.
If New Zealand is able to beat India by 1-0 or 2-1, they will move to the fifth position at 100 points with India one slot ahead on fourth with 104 points. New Zealand can overtake India to take the fourth position only with an improbable 3-0 win.
Should India go to the top of the rankings, it would be the third time this year and fourth overall.
With inputs from IANS