On the opening day of first Test between India and New Zealand at Kanpur, hosts reach 105 for one at lunch. India after winning the toss opted to bat first and got off to a decent start with KL Rahul (32) playing some exquisite shots upfront. However, he was then the victim of Mitchell Santner in 11th over with India’s score reading 42 for one. Murali Vijay (39*) and Chesteshwar Pujara (32*) then made sure India does not lose any wicket and took their team to safety at lunch, adding unbeaten 63 for the second wicket. WATCH: India VS New Zealand LIVE Streaming
Rahul looked in good touch as he scored some early boundaries but fell to Santner’s quick delivery. The right-handed managed to score 32 off 39 balls which included four fours and a six before he was caught behind. While Rahul looked aggressive, Vijay seemed to be in no hurry and was willing to spend some time in the middle.
After losing Rahul’s wicket, Vijay and Pujara batted with determination. With wicket getting better for batting, both the batsmen did not hesitate in putting the bad balls away. New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson used all his bowlers in the first session, but Santner was the only successful one. Also Catch- India vs New Zealand 1st Test- As it Happened
India decided to go with six batsmen for this Test, which means Rohit Sharma was included in the playing XI. Surprisingly, leggie Amit Mishra was left out and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was picked ahead of him. The left-handed opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan also failed to find a place in the playing XI. CATCH: India vs New Zealand 1st Test 2016 Full Scorecard
With Ishant Sharma ruled out of the first Test due to chikungunya, Umesh Yadav was drafted in the side. Mohammad Shami is the other seamer in the team.
On the other hand, New Zealand opted for three spinners and two pacers. Santner, Mark Craig and Ish Sodhi form the spin trio while Trent Boult and Niel Wagner are the two fast bowlers. Wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi, who smashed a hundred against Mumbai in a warm-up match, was also included in the playing XI but as a specialist batsman. BJ Watling was selected as the wicketkeeper.