Venue : Basin Reserve, Wellington
Toss : New Zealand won the toss and opt to bowl
Playing XI : Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult.
Bench : Daryl Mitchell, Matt Henry
Playing XI : Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.
Bench : Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Shubman Gill
Stats on Test Series between India & New Zealand
Head to Head so far
Played : 57 India won : 21 New Zealand won : 10 Drawn : 26
India vs New Zealand in New Zealand
Played : 23 Ind Won : 5 NZ Won: 8 Drawn : 10
India vs New Zealand in Wellington
Played : 7 Ind Won : 1 NZ Won: 4 Drawn : 2
Mayank Agarwal’s record
As everyone expected Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal set in to bat while Southee opens the bowling attack. Agarwal script a history as first Indian opener to survive the opening session in a New Zealand test in the last 30 years. Shaw makes run in every possible delivery but Southee’s ball put an end to his erratic start. India lose its opener in an very early stage. Shaw return to pavilion when he scored 16 runs of 18 balls. Cheteshwar Pujara takes the strike after the Shaw’s wicket. There comes the 6 ft 6in New Zealand debut(test) bowler in attack and made his first over as maiden.
India struggled to make runs
In his third over he made his test debut maiden wicket by uprooting Pujara for 11 runs. Jamieson welcomed the India skipper Virat Kohli with a short ball, and alternated between unfurling those and going full against him. Jamieson smartly went off-script and released a good length ball, outside the offstump, but Kohli took the bait and chased after it in search of one of those signature cover drives. Once again the extra bit of bounce meant Kohli ended up edging it, and Ross Taylor held onto it well at first slip.
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Jamieson’s impressive debut
Jamieson picked the India’s most crucial wickets of Kohli and Pujara which lags India from scoring. As the top order failed to execute, the pressure builds over middle order players as India lose its three wicket for just 40 runs. Ajinkya Rahane and Mayank Agarwal join hands and prevent India from collapsing, and execute a steady game. These two survived until lunch break and push India towards 79 runs in total for three wicket lose.
End of Session : 1
India : 79 for 3 wickets(Agarwal 29* and Rahane 19*)
New Zealand stand strong in session 1 as debut player shows up by picking two main wickets of India.
Kiwi’s giraffe crashed India’s all hope
Soon after the lunch this duo’s partnership comes to an end when Boult took Agarwal’s wicket. Mayank Agarwal get dismissal when he top-edged a leg side short ball from Trent Boult and leaves the catch to Jamieson’s hand at fine leg.
There’s still some hope left for India as Hanuma Vihari joined forces with Rahane. Vihari who execute his glorious performance in practice match is expected to prevent India from sinking. But Jamieson seems having a bit to execute after the drinks break where India likely to gain control over the match. This time its Vihari who lose his wicket to Kiwi’s giraffe and return pavilion. The first test turns as a dream debut match for Jamieson where he execute his phenomenal performance by picking three main wickets of India. India lose five wickets while crossing 100 runs in total.
Unexpected guest – Rain
Rishabh Pant gets in ground with a huge expectation by Indian team as he was chosen ahead of Saha owning to his superior overseas batting skills. This pair moves India towards 155 runs for 55 overs when its time for tea break. Windy Wellington seems to have blown away India’s top-order and that of course didn’t take long either. 3 wickets in the first session and 2 more in the second. The rain interrupted the match and the match has been called off. At the end of day one India scored 122 runs for 5 wickets. Ajinkya Rahane scored 38 off 122 balls and Rishabh Pant scores 10 off 37 balls and remains unbeaten.
Day 1- Stumps
India : 122 for 5(Rahane 38* and Pant 10*)
India still struggle to face New Zealand bowlers and fail to make good score. Hope for day 2 to have some better performance from Indian batting.
It’s Day 2, and as is the norm, Day 1 of a Test in New Zealand was worth waking up for. Some rather slow movement off a green deck, which Pujara won’t agree with, but movement nonetheless, that has accounted for half of the Indian batting line-up for just over a hundred runs on the board. Blue skies at the moment with a bit of sun peeking out too, which is a good sign. Spin to start proceedings on day two.
India surrended to Southee’s bowling
Pant and Rahane return to ground and need to move the India towards a better score. Pant doesn’t take long to give a charge as he strike a six in the first over of thye day 2. Pant lose his wicket in an unnecessary run out and Rahane needs to take the blame here. A run out is always the worst mode of dismissal in Test cricket and when it is through a bad mix up as this one, makes things all the more worst. The smiling assassin Tim Southee took Ashwin who is in for Jadeja return to pavilion for duck. Ishant Sharma(right handed) stop Southee from having a hat-trick wicket.
Rahane still fights single handedly to add some runs in total to make a descent score for India. Southee soon clears his wicket when he scored 46 runs now the Body blown for India as Rahane falls. Shami gets to he ground and manage to score 21 runs from 20 balls and lose his wicket to Southee. India fold up for 165, Tim Southee’s return really helped Kiwis as he picked 4 wickets in the 1st innings of India.
Steady start from New Zealand