India vs New Zealand score 1st Test: Rain washes out final session, India 122/5 at stumps on Day 1
India vs New Zealand Score and highlights 1st Test Day 1: Thunderstorm and steady rains in Basin Reserve, Wellington washed out the final session on Day 1 of the IND vs NZ 1st Test. Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant had battled hard to take India to 122 for 5 at Tea. Rahane (38) was the exception despite wickets tumbling at the other end. The other Indian batsman who looked good against the swinging delivery was opener Mayank Agarwal. But he was dismissed for 34 by Tim Southee after Lunch. For New Zealand, Debutant Kyle Jamieson was the star of the day for New Zealand, who got the wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Hanuma Vihari. The lanky fast bowler finished with 3 for 38 after New Zealand captain Kane Williamson opted to field first.
Earlier, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bowl.
India vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 1 scorecard and highlights:
10:10 hrs: STUMPS AT DAY 1. A second spell of shower has washed out the final session of play in Wellington. India have reached 122 for 5. Ajinkya Rahane (38) and Rishabh Pant (10) will resume their battle against the New Zealand seamers tomorrow. it is safe to say the day has belonged to New Zealand after opted to bowl first on a green track. Debutant Kyle Jamieson was the star of the day for New Zealand, who got the wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Hanuma Vihari. The lanky fast bowler finished with 3 for 38 after New Zealand captain Kane Williamson opted to field first.
10:03 hrs: It has just to started to rain again, not too heavy but enough to keep the covers on and halt play. The wait continues, it doesn’t look that good at the moment. Looks like there will be no play today, we are waiting for official confirmation.
09:48 hrs: UPDATE FOR DAY 2 ! As we wait for start of play on the final session of Day 1, the official broadcasters just announced that Day 2 will begin half and hour early to make up for the loss of time. So it will be a 3:30 am (IST) start on Day 2.
09:37 hrs: There will be an official inspection at 10 am IST. Looks like we are still some time away from start of play in the 3rd session at Wellington. The good thing is, it is not raining at the moment.
09:30 hrs: Rain stops but covers on! As per the latest reports, it has stopped raining in Wellington but the covers are still on. The groundstaff are out in the middle inspecting the conditions.
09:05 hrs: START OF 3rd SESSION DELAYED! It’s a steady drizzle at the moment so the start of the final session has been delayed. What started off as light rain has now developed into a steady drizzle. So might take some time to clear out. We wait for further updates.
08:58 hrs: The current scenes
08:53 hrs: RAIN ARRIVES! It’s raining in Wellington at the moment and ground staff have rushed in with the covers. Not the ideal signs but keeping the conditions in mind, it should not be a long stoppage, we are still around 7 minutes away from start of play in the final session of Day 1. So far, it looks more than drizzle.
08:40 hrs: TEA ON DAY 1 ! A nice drive to mid-off but no runs. That will be Tea on Day 1 of this first Test match. Ajinkya Rahane has battled hard to take India to 122 for 5 but another session that has gone New Zealand’s way. Mayank Agarwal would be disappointed to get out to that pull shot and so would be Hanuma Vihari, who nicked one off Jamieson. But since then, Pant and Rahane have looked good. For New Zealand, Jamieson has been the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets on debut.
08:30 hrs: First sight of spin! And it’s a maiden from Ajaz Patel. The left-spinner has been preferred over Mitchell Santner mainly because of his wicket-taking abilities and he has started off well. Rahane was watchful but it will be interesting to see whether the approach remains the same in Patel’s entire spell.
08:20 hrs: 50 overs bowled! A boundary in that over from Tim Southee and it came from Rishabh Pant’s bat off a short a delivery. India have reached 116 for 5 at the end of 50 overs on Day 1.
08:03 hrs: Rishabh Pant has played 10 deliveries and he has not gone off the mark. He should take a quick single to get himself off the mark, or the mental block will make him play a loose shot, which he has a tendency to play under pressure.
07:50 hrs: CHANCE! Pant gets a soft touch from his pad and Henry Nicholls catches it at short leg. But did that carry? Was bat involved? Umpire not interested. Nicholls is not confident either. Review not taken. Good decision, there was no bat involved.
07:44 hrs: GONE! A length delivery from Jamieson and Vihari tried to defend it, but he gets an outside edge. BJ Watling is brilliant behind the stumps. Makes no mistakes. IND 101/5. Third wicket for Jamieson on debut.
07:32 hrs: FOUR! Rahane stunned by a bouncer from Jamieson and the ball struck his head, only to go towards the boundary ropes for a boundary. India will not mind this, but it could easily have gone for a catch as well. There was a nick off glove as per hot spot.
07:24 hrs: FOUR! Exquisite shot from Hanuma. Full length delivery from Jamieson, and perfect timing from Vihari to push it towards long-on.
07:21 hrs: Hanuma Vihari needs to stick out in the middle. There are still question marks on him being a regular member in the Test team and he needs to dispell all doubts with one big innings.
07:10 hrs: GONE! Trent Boult strikes! Mayank Agarwal loses his calm, and skies a nothing delivery towards Jamieson in the deep. Top edge costing Mayank his wicket. Partnership is broken. IND 88/4
07:03 hrs: Short from Jamieson, and Rahane pulls it towards square leg. Keeps his control, and balance, and runs a couple. He is looking really good at the moment.
06:55 hrs: This is a good partnership building between Mayank and Rahane and if the two can stick out the entire second session, it might put India back in the game here.
06:49 hrs: FOUR! Wrong line from Jamieson in his opening over after Lunch. Outside leg stump, good height, Mayank just pushed it towards deep backward square for a boundary.
06:45 hrs: Back after Lunch - Southee restarts with the ball. Rahane, and Agarwal are in the middle. 2nd session - HERE WE GO!
05:56 hrs: LUNCH ON DAY 1 - India reach 79/3 at Lunch with Mayank and Rahane in the middle.
05:55 hrs: FOUR! New Zealand fielders wither in frustration as Mayank gets another boundary between third slip and gully. IND 77/3. One last over to go before Lunch.
05:53 hrs: FOUR! Rahane jabs one outside off stump and that one races to the boundary as well. This is a good partnership building here.
05:50 hrs: FOUR! Edged and it goes between the two fielders at slips. The ball races to the boundary for another boundary. Mayank Agarwal is starting to look really good right now.
05:46 hrs: FOUR! Mayank looking good. An outside off stump delivery from Boult, and Agarwal goes full swing at it. The ball races to the mid-off fence.
05:38 hrs: FOUR! Nicely driven, beautiful by Mayank Agarwal. He waited for the follow-on and then executed it to perfection. Goes straight down to long-off fence.
05:34 hrs: 50 up for India in the first session - but boy, that came at a price. What a revelation Jamieson has been in the match so far. Perfect debut for the seamer so far.
05:28 hrs: SHOT! Jamieson gets a straight one to Rahane. The batsmen waited, and then punched it straight down the line for a boundary. Brilliant batting by the Indian middle-order batsman.
05:21 hrs: GONE! Jamieson is on fire! The right-arm seamer bolws outside off, Kohli went for a drive, gets a leading edge and Ross Taylor catches in the 2nd slip. What a memorable debut.Kohli departs for 2. IND 40/3
05:12 hrs: OUT! Jamieson gets the much-deserved debut wicket as Pujara edges one straight to keeper. What a way to get his maiden wicket. Perfect line, and forced Pujara to nick it. IND 35/2
05:07 hrs: How good has Jamieson been in his first two overs - he has tested the Indian batsmen with good line and solid bouncers. He looks like a real threat at the moment.
04:58 hrs: CHANCE! Run out opportunity on the striker’s end. Pujara asks for a quick single, Mayank late to respond. The throw missed the stumps by a whisker. Lucky Mayank, he was out of the crease.
04:52 hrs: Kyle Jamieson into the attack on debut. A lot of chatter about him after a splendid T20I record. He sends an absolute ripper to Cheteshwar Pujara that just went through him. WOW! How did that NOT get Pujara’s bat.
04:48 hrs: LBW appeal - Slow delivery, Pujara took his leg out to defend it, did the ball nipped in to target off stump? The umpire is unmoved. Kane not interested in reviewing. Move on.
04:46 hrs: Time for a change in the bowling attack - Colin de Grandhomme out to replace Tim Southee. After 10 overs, India are 31/1
04:40 hrs: So disciplined Pujara! Solid jab on a tight line from Southee, he does not makes too many mistakes, just a tad bit outside off stump, and he leaves it. He finishes the over with a straight boundary. Full toss and he punished it.
04:30 hrs: Pujara settling in. The right-hander will take his time in the middle and will continue to frustrate Kiwi pacers. This first session is crucial.
04:20 hrs: GONE! Southee finds the spot, half-volley, cuts across Prithvi Shaw’s danger area, gets it bang on, and Shaw’s off stump flies into the air. Big break for the Kiwis. NZ 16/1
04:12 hrs: A lot of lateral swing from the Kiwis pacers early on. Shaw and Mayank are steady at the moment. But the Indian openers going steady at the moment.
04:06 hrs: Trent Boult into the attack. He is coming out to play cricket for the first time since Boxing Day Test against Australia. Starts with an inswinger, inside edge from Shaw - typical from Shaw. Not a lot of front foot movement. This is the line to bowl to young Indian.
04:01 hrs: Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal out to open the innings for India. Tim Southee starts the attack for the Kiwis. HERE WE GO!
03:50 hrs: Ross Taylor (playing his 100th Test): Really excited about the occasion. It’s not a great sign when you wake up in the morning and there’s some rain around. Ian Smith said a few words at an event last night, and it was very nice for the team and the family to experience something they might never do again. I’ll need some help drinking (the hundred bottles of wine), but they can be stored for a while. It keeps the tradition from Fleming, Brendon (McCullum) and Dan(iel Vettori) who all played over a hundred Tests each and hopefully we can celebrate this one with a win.
03:55 hrs: The drizzle has stopped. The covers are taken off. The players are on the field and we are getting a start on time. Ross Taylor walks out with his kids. Time for National Anthems. Action starts in 5 minutes.
03:45 hrs: There is a heavy drizzle in Wellington and the covers are on the field. We could have a delayed start here.
03:40 hrs: TEAM NEWS:
New Zealand (Playing XI): Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling(w), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult
India (Playing XI): Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
03:35 hrs: India captain Virat Kohli says he would have wanted to bowl first as well. “We would have also bowled first. It’s a no-brainer on day one, gonna be overcast all day. That said, the pitch looks better than it was two days ago with a lot of the grass taken off. Still need to bat well. Wriddhiman Saha, Shubman Gill, Navdeep Saini and Ravindra Jadeja are the ones missing out. Our bowling attack is more experienced now and it’s important to be patient in New Zealand conditions. We have the confidence in recent years about winning away from home.”
03:30 hrs: TOSS! Kane Williamson wins toss and New Zealand will bowl first. Here is what the Kiwi skipper has to say on the decision - “We’re gonna have a bowl. It’s still a bit soft. We’ve seen in the past that there is often a green tinge. We need to bowl well upfront. Mitchell is the other one to miss out. It’s a bit soft on the top. Obviously, Neil has bigger things on his plate. Kyle has bowled well in the white-ball leg, hopefully he steps up. The guys have all enjoyed themselves but we have a job in hand and need to be focussed.”
03:20 hrs: New Zealand team - The Kiwis have announced their 12-man squad for the Test. Neil Wagner, who is on paternity leave, is missing the Test. Kyle Jamieson is set to make his debut. A choice between Ajaz Patel and Daryl Mitchell is the last question on the cards.
03:10 hrs: Kohli-Williamson bromance: “Something that we as a team have embraced over the last four years and we’ve reached a stage where every team want to beat us, New Zealand won’t be any different but the difference is that there won’t be any spite in it. That is one reason I can sit with Kane on the boundary line and have a conversation mid-game about life and not cricket,” the Indian skipper said before the first Test. Who doesn’t like Kane Williamson, after all!
03:00 hrs: Toss in 30 minutes! Are you excited! So are we. Before the toss, we will update you on what experts think about the pitch, and the toss-winning captain should choose to bat or bowl. A lot will be dependent on the toss, since a few showers of rain are predicted on Day 2.
02:50 hrs: BREAKING - A look at Wellington pitch - just before the match. Courtesy - BCCI. That looks like a hard surface with lots of green.
02:40 hrs: Openers a worry for India? Ross Taylor from New Zealand has made it clear that India openers Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal might be “inexperienced” but “talented”. Will India miss the likes of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul? Maybe. But there is no doubt that Shaw, who scored a ton in his debut, and Mayank, who scored two double hundreds last year, are great talents. This is their chance to shine.
02:28 hrs: Weather update from BCCI: “A very good morning from the Basin Reserve. A windy morning with overcast conditions today.” As per weather forecast, it is expected to remain cloudy throughout the day. But no rain is predicted on Day 1, so that’s a big plus.
02:20 hrs: Virat Kohli on verge of record - Isn’t he always? If the India captain scores 11 runs in the first Test, he will surpass former skipper Sourav Ganguly to become the 5th highest run scorer for India in the longest format. It would be a massive achievement for skipper Kohli, surely. | READ MORE
02:15 hrs: What impact will India fast bowler Ishant Sharma have on the first day in the first Test against New Zealand? He has been impressive in the Tests since 2018, and has made an impact overseas. But he just recovered from an injury. Could that prove to be a hurdle to get going from the get go? He seems to be doing fine on the training for now.
02:10 hrs: “Obviously, Virat is the best, one-off, without a doubt in all formats but they are a quality side and leading the World Test Championship,” New Zealand skipper Kane William son said before the first Test. That is a huge remark coming from the captain about his opponent just before the highly-billed first Test in Wellington. Hmm... Interesting! READ MORE
02:05 hrs: Squads: India: Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Hanuma Vihari, Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill
New Zealand: Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling(w), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Ajaz Patel, Daryl Mitchell, Matt Henry
02:00 hrs: Hello and welcome to our live blog on Day 1 of the first Test between India and New Zealand. It is around 2:00 am in the morning in India, and yet we expect plenty of cricket frenzy fans in the country up and awake following every bit of cricket action that ensues between the two teams. India are without Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma, but plenty of chance for returning Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill and Hanuma Vihari to cement their places in the team. Ishant Sharma, who was cleared to play just a few days ago, will also hope to make an instant impact.
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