Hello and welcome to India.com’s live coverage of India vs New Zealand 1st Test Day two at Kanpur. After impressive bowling performance on the opening day New Zealand will be eyeing to bundled out India under 300 in the first innings. 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 are at the crease. Stay tuned for all the live score updates. WATCH- India vs New Zealand LIVE Streaming
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 Ish 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. CATCH: India Vs New Zealand 2016 LIVE Score
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. Also Check- India vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 1 Highlights
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.
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. (Inputs IANS).
Here is a look at the playing XIs of both the teams-
India: Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav.
New Zealand: Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, BJ Watling, Mark Craig, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner.