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India vs New Zealand Highlights, Kanpur Test, Day 1: Hosts survive day to reach 291/9 at stumps

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

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India vs New Zealand Highlights, Kanpur Test, Day 1: Hosts survive day to reach 291/9 at stumps

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Sept 22, 2016 - 17:11 (IST)

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Sept 22, 2016 - 17:06 (IST)

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. 

Sept 22, 2016 - 17:04 (IST)

Sept 22, 2016 - 17:02 (IST)

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. 

Sept 22, 2016 - 16:45 (IST)

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. 

Sept 22, 2016 - 16:34 (IST)

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)

Sept 22, 2016 - 16:22 (IST)

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. 

Sept 22, 2016 - 16:17 (IST)

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

Sept 22, 2016 - 16:16 (IST)

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

Sept 22, 2016 - 15:55 (IST)

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.

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.

India vs New Zealand Highlights Kanpur Test Day 1 Hosts survive day to reach 2919 at stumps

New Zealand players appeal unsuccessfully for an LBW against Rohit Sharma (centre). AP

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

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