New Zealand bowlers dished out an impressive performance on the opening day of the Kanpur Test against hosts India. At stumps on day one, India have put 291 on board for the loss of nine wickets. The Green Park pitch had no demons in it, but New Zealand bowlers were rewarded for their superb line and length. Mitchell Santner and Trent Boult picked three wickets each to inflict the damage. You can watch the full video highlights of Ind vs Nz 1st Test day one here.
India won the toss, and Virat Kohli opted to bat first. KL Rahul smashed two boundaries in the very first over, and it looked like batsmen will have a day out. While his partner Murali Vijay was happy to nudge the ball around Rahul played his shots freely. The duo added runs at a healthy rate of over four runs per over. However, in 11th over, Santner’s first, Rahul edged one to the keeper. The right-handed batsman fell for 32 off 39 balls. It was then the second wicket stand between Vijay and Cheteswar Pujara that guided India to safety at lunch with score reading 105 for one. Also Catch- India vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 1- As it Happened
After luncheon, Vijay and Pujara looked comfortable at the crease to cross the century stand. During this stand, both the batsmen reached respective half-centuries. For Vijay, it was 13th Test fifty while Pujara recorded his 8th. Also Catch- India vs New Zealand 1st Test Full Scorecard
With things going India’s way, Santner once again struck to remove Pujara (62). The right-hander looking to chip the ball straight down the ground ended up hitting it towards the bowler.Pujara’s fall of wicket brought an end to 112-run partnership between him and Vijay.
Few overs later, Kane Williamson’s plan to bring in Niel Wagner against Kohli (9) worked. The Indian skipper top edged a short ball towards long leg while opting for a hook. At Kohli’s departure, India’s score read 167 for three.
Just at the brink of tea break New Zealand found another success. This time, Ish Sodhi removed the well-set Vijay (65) to leave India at 185 for four. After the tea break, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma tried to do the repair job. However, New Zealand struck once again, and Rahane (18) fell to spinner, Mark Craig.
Kiwi bowlers never allowed the Indian batsmen to form a partnership. The best stand post lunch session came between Rohit and Ravichandran Ashwin. The duo shared 52 runs for the sixth wicket. Both Rohit and Ashwin were going along nicely, but after New Zealand took the new ball things changes drastically for India.
The home side lost last four wickets for just 30 runs. Once Santner removed Rohit (35), Indian innings fell apart and then Boult picked three wickets in quick succession to help New Zealand stamp authority on the opening day. Boult dismissed Wriddhiman Shaha (0), Ashwin (40) and Mohammad Shami (0) to leave India tottering at 277 for nine. Ravindra Jadeja (16*) and Umesh Yadav (8*) then denied New Zealand the last wicket and remained unbeaten at the close of play.
While Santner and Boult picked three wickets each, Wagner, Sodhi and Craig chipped in with a wicket each. The last Indian batting pair will now look to add as many runs as possible while New Zealand will be eager to restrict the hosts under 300.