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India vs New Zealand Highlights, Kanpur Test, Day 2: Stumps taken early

India faltered after a sound start to their first innings as New Zealand banked on a strong bowling performance to grab the upper hand on the opening day of their first cricket Test here on Thursday

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India vs New Zealand Highlights, Kanpur Test, Day 2: Stumps taken early

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Sept 23, 2016 - 17:05 (IST)

Play has been called off early on Day 2, with New Zealand comfortably placed on 152/1. 

The third day of India's 500th Test will begin 15 minutes early in order to accommodate eight more overs into the day's quota. 

Sept 23, 2016 - 15:15 (IST)

That's how well Williamson and Latham have tackled spin today. 

Sept 23, 2016 - 15:14 (IST)

Just when Kane Williamson and Tom Latham were eyeing their centuries while tightening their grip on the hosts, the rain gods decide to break their momentum. Anyway, will be interesting to see what decisions Kohli takes, should play resume anytime soon. Whether he chooses to continue with his spinners, or have a spell of pace. 

Sept 23, 2016 - 14:57 (IST)

Sept 23, 2016 - 14:17 (IST)

After 47 overs,New Zealand 152/1 ( Tom Latham 56 , Kane Williamson (C) 65)

And it's tea on Day 2 of the 1st Test, with New Zealand cruising at a score of 152/1 (almost identical to that of India at the same stage). Williamson and Latham look set on 66 and 56 respectively. Meanwhile, the covers are out with a slight drizzle descending at the Green Park. 

Sept 23, 2016 - 14:05 (IST)

After 45 overs,New Zealand 143/1 ( Tom Latham 55 , Kane Williamson (C) 57)

The ball is starting to turn more sharply now, which has forced Latham and Williamson going slightly on the defensive now. Jadeja goes for a loud appeal for a caught-behind off Williamson in the 43rd over. Replays suggest a very faint edge though.

Sept 23, 2016 - 13:42 (IST)

After 40 overs,New Zealand 135/1 ( Tom Latham 53 , Kane Williamson (C) 52)

Some drama at the Green Park, as the Indians appeal loudly for a catch off Latham off Jadeja's bowling. Latham gets a bottom-edge while playing a sweep, with the ball deflecting off his foot to Rahul at short-leg. However, the problem with Rahul's catch was the ball touching Rahul's helmet grille. 

Both Latham and Williamson bring up their half-centuries in 119 and 78 deliveries respectively. Another milestone in the 40th over, with the duo bringing up the century stand in the 40th over! We've just witnessed perhaps the most eventful overs of the match so far. 

Sept 23, 2016 - 13:18 (IST)

After 35 overs,New Zealand 123/1 ( Tom Latham 46 , Kane Williamson (C) 47)

Williamson executes a pull off Umesh to end the 33rd over, a sign of the flow that he is in right now. Meanwhile, Kohli decides to introduce part-timer Murali Vijay into the attack in the 35th, and he concedes four byes and a boundary before going for an lbw appeal off a full toss. The partnership between Williamson and Latham is worth 88, with the individuals on the verge of their half-centuries now. 

Sept 23, 2016 - 13:00 (IST)

Sept 23, 2016 - 12:59 (IST)

Meanwhile, this just happened.

India faltered after a sound start to their first innings as New Zealand banked on a strong bowling performance to grab the upper hand on the opening day of their first cricket Test here on Thursday.

Electing to bat after winning the toss, the Indians had a promising start to their innings, doing well in the pre-lunch session. But the Kiwi bowlers hit back, claiming eight wickets in the next two sessions for the hosts to finish the day at 291/9.

In the historic 500th Test match for India, Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav were at the crease at the close of play on 16 and eight runs, respectively.

India vs New Zealand Highlights Kanpur Test Day 2 Stumps taken early

New Zealand players celebrate a wicket on day one. PTI

For New Zealand, pacer Trent Boult (3/57) and left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner (3/77) picked up three wickets each while Neil Wagner (1/42), Mark Craig (1/59) and Indian-origin leg-spinner Inderbir Singh Sodhi (1/50) chipped in with a wicket apiece.

Most of the Indian batsmen fell to poor shots after misreading the turn or bounce of the ball rather than any top quality bowling by the visitors.

The Indians started off on a positive note with opener Lokesh Rahul hitting Boult for a couple of boundaries in the very first over of the series.

The New Zealand pacers recovered thereafter to restrict the flow of runs to some extent.

Rahul, however, continued to target Boult, hitting a couple of consecutive boundaries off the pacer in the seventh over.

The opener swept Santner for a six in the 11th over, but the spinner had his revenge off the very next ball when Rahul misread an outgoing delivery.

Rahul scored at a decent rate, posting 32 runs off 39 deliveries. His innings was studded with four boundaries and a six.

Cheteshwar Pujara then joined Murali Vijay in the middle and the duo negotiated the New Zealand bowling with skill and patience to ensure that the hosts went into the lunch break at a decent 105/1.

Santner was the only Kiwi bowler to bag a wicket in the morning session.

The rest of the Kiwi bowlers toiled away without reward under hot and humid conditions.

But whatever advantage the hosts had managed to claim was fritterred away in the post-lunch session as the Kiwi bowlers struck back to claim the crucial wickets of Vijay, Pujara and Indian skipper Virat Kohli.

Boult outfoxed Vijay in the very first over after lunch with a cross-seam short pitched delivery. The Indian opener was surprised by the extra bounce as the ball took the outer edge of his bat and travelled to where first slip should have been.

But the lack of a fielder at that position saved Vijay and the Kiwis could only watch as the ball raced to the boundary.

Santner bagged his second wicket when Pujara misread the spin on a slightly overpitched delivery which did not turn much after pitching. Pujara played for the spin, expecting it to turn towards the off-stump but only managed to offer a tame caught and bowled chance to Santner.

Kohli (9) seemed to be in good touch, hitting two boundaries during his short stay at the crease. But he fell to a rash shot, attempting to pull Wagner for a six. The Indian captain misjudged the bounce and the ball flew off the top edge for a relatively easy catch for Sodhi.

The Kiwis continued their resurgence after tea, clinching five wickets in the final session.

Craig sent back Ajinkya Rahane (18) shortly after the resumption when the batsman edged one to Tom Latham at short leg.

Rohit Sharma (35) and Ravichandran Ashwin (40) then tried to stitch together a partnership before the former attempted a rash shot off Santner, only to see Sodhi palm the catch at long on.

Wriddhiman Saha (0) and Ashwin soon went back in quick succession while Mohammed Shami's (0) off-stump was uprooted by a beautiful delivery from Boult.

Earlier, Indian skipper Kohli won the toss and elected to bat in the first Test of the three-match series against New Zealand at the Green Park Stadium here.

India are playing their historic 500th Test. The hosts are playing with six batsmen, two fast bowlers and two spinners while the visiting New Zealand are playing with three spinners and two fast bowlers.

India have played 14 Tests under Kohli's captaincy so far, winning 10 of them. The hosts will be eager to register their 11th win under Kohli and make the historic 500th Test a memorable one for cricket lovers in the country.

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