The much anticipated home season of India had finally began today with India taking on New Zealand. Both teams are filled with talent and passion. While India is favorite to win, one cannot neglect the uprising Kiwis who under the stewardship of Kane Williamson will be looking to register their first series victory in India.
The first test begins at historic Green Park Stadium in Kanpur with captain Kohli winning the toss and choosing to bat first. However at the end of day India are struggling at 291/9 with Ravindra Jadeja stiil on the crease with no.11 Mohammad Shami.
Here are the five interesting points from Day1:
India’s 500th Test
Since playing its first test against England in 1932, India has come a long way in test circuit. Today’s test was special as it marked the 500th test of Indian Cricket.For a nation where cricket is religion, this test is nothing short of an extravaganza. To celebrate the test, BCCI and Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association felicitated all the former captains of Indian test side in a felicitation ceremony ahead of the test match. Many former cricketers and BCCI executives were present to witness the beginning of new chapter of Indian Cricket.
Vijay- Pujara Partnership
Skipper Kohli once again won the toss and has no hesitation in opting to bat first. The openers, especially KL Rahul, looked in great nick and raced away to 32 off just 38 balls. Unfortunately, he couldn’t continue it longer and got out to Santner after hitting him for a six in the same over.
It was then Pujara and Vijay who helped the Indians to take the control of the game by building a solid partnership. Both the batsmen remained not out at Lunch and took India’s score past the 100-run mark. They continued to bat positively in the afternoon session and brought up their respective fifties. The partnership, which was now well over 100 runs looked ominous from New Zealand’s point of view.
Middle Order Woes
The visitors pull out an amazing comeback as once Pujara was down no other Indian batsman could held the fort for long. Kohli was undone by a perfect by Neil Wagner and hooked the ball to Ish Sodhi. Jinks could not quite convert the start he got and fell to beautifully flighted delivery by Mark Craig. As a result, India were lurking at 209/5 after 162/1.
Ashwin-Rohit to the rescue
Ashwin’s stature as batsman is growing day by day. Coming in at tricky situation, he and Sharma put on a fightback and score 50 runs partnership which took Indian total over 250. Sharma too was substantial in his knock and had two good partnerships first with Rahane and then with Ashwin. Also Ashwin is now highest run-scorer for India in 2016.
Boult-Santner Stole the Show
The last time Mitchell Santner played against India in India, he almost ended their hopes of reaching the next stages of World T20. Once again, the Indian batsmen found it difficult to play the left-arm spinner. While KL Rahul did take a couple of boundaries off him, Santner had the last laugh by having him caught behind. He later picked up crucial wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma which turned the game around.
It was Trent Boult who swung the new ball beautifully and caused havoc in the opposition’s camp. The left-arm seamer took 3 wickets in the final session and titled the match in the favour of the tourists. Courtesy of his wonderful spell, the Blackcaps found themselves just one wicket away from wrapping up the first innings.