1st Test Live: Williamson asks India to bat first


Trent Boult shares the new ball with Tim Southee

OVER 0.1: Shaw taps the ball on the leg side and runs for a quick single to get off the mark

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Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal open the Indian innings. Tim Southee first up with the red cherry. Three slips and a gully in place

TOSS: Kane Williamson wins toss, opts to bowl against India at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.

India captain Virat Kohli says they wanted to bowl first too, it is overcast conditions but the wicket seems much better than it was two days ago and they need to bat well. Informs Saha, Jadeja, Gill, Saini and Yadav miss out. States the wind is a big factor here and they need to adapt to that, their bowling is very experience now and they know what to do and they are ready for whatever comes their way.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson says it is a little bit soft on the top, there has always been green tinge on the wicket but they need to land it on the right areas. Informs Daryl Mitchell misses out, the wicket looks a little different with a brown tinge and they want to make use of it early on. States it is a very good opportunity for Jamieson and he hopes he can do well.

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

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 will look to continue their unbeaten run in the World Test Championship.

Ever since the Sydney Test in January 2019, India have been unbeaten winning all their seven matches in the ongoing World Test Championship. They have defeated West Indies, South Africa and Bangladesh and are currently placed at the top of the table with 360 points.

For New Zealand, it is time to pick up pieces after their 0-3 drubbing in Australia.

The Kiwis must tighten their game if they wish to return strongly after the loss to their trans-Tasman rivals.

The last time New Zealand lost a series at home was back in March 2017 and since then have won five (10 Tests) in familiar conditions.

The open Basin Reserve ground has always been challenging for both batsmen and bowlers due to cross winds.

The wind factor in Wellington is an issue that captains need to deal with.

Veteran New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor becomes the first cricketer to play 100 internationals in all three formats of the game.

Taylor is New Zealand’s leading run scorer in Tests and ODIs, with 40 centuries across the two formats, more than any other Black Cap.

Taylor’s 14-year international career has had its rough spots, including two losing appearances in World Cup finals and being dropped as captain in 2012.

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