1st Test: Rain forces early stumps on Day 1

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Indian batsmen with the exception of Ajinkya Rahane and Mayank Agarwal struggled as they scored 122 for 5 on the rain-curtailed first day of the opening Test against New Zealand on Friday. Thunderstorm followed by rain in the middle of the tea break washed out the final session. India ended Day 1 on 122 for 5 after New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to field at the Basin Reserve. The umpires decided to end the day’s play after an inspection. Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant are batting on 38 and 10 respectively. For New Zealand, the 6 ft 8 inch tall debutant Kyle Jamieson was pick of the bowlers, taking 3 wickets for 38 runs while Tim Southee and Trent Boult got one each.

UPDATE: Play has been called off. One full session has been lost on Day 1.

9:45 IST: UPDATE: Bad news, folks! It’s raining again.

UPDATE from Wellington: The inspection will take place at 10:00 am IST.

UPDATE: Good news! Rain has stopped. But the covers are still on.

UPDATE: The rain is getting heavier. More covers are on.

BAD NEWS! It’s started to drizzle in Wellington.

It’s TEA on Day 1

India 122/5 in Wellington
Rahane 38*; Jamieson 3/38

50 overs gone! India 116/5. Rahane 36*, Pant 6*.

OVERS 49.4: FOUR! First boundary for Rishabh Pant. Short from Southee. Pant pulls it towards fine leg. INDIA 116/5

45 overs gone! India 108/5. Pant is yet to open his account, Rahane is batting on 34.

Rishabh Pant is the new man at the crease.

OVERS 41.1: WICKET! Jamieson takes his third wicket today. What a debut for this man. Hanuma Vihari departs for 7. India’s top order has faltered badly today. INDIA 101/5

OVERS 39.4: FOUR! 100 up for India as Rahane manages to fend off a bouncer from Jamieson off his gloves over the keeper that runs away to the fine leg fence

OVERS 37.2: FOUR! Vihari straight drives a Jamieson delivery down the ground. High elbow, full face of the bat presented. India 95/4

Hanuma Vihari is the new man for India

OVERS 34.3: OUT! Mayank (34) tries to pull but the Boult delivery goes off the leading edge and Jamieson at deep square leg latches on to it. India 88/4

OVERS 34.1: DROPPED! Boult comes back in the attack and the first delivery just stops on Mayank who prods forward, Boult dives on his follow-through but the ball just touches his fingertips

OVERS 29.5: FOUR! Jamieson strays down the leg side and Mayank fends it to the fine leg fence. India 83/3

Southee bowls the first over after lunch, Rahane on strike

India three wickets down and New Zealand are on top. The Kiwis have not only taken three wickets but have also not let India score freely. Right from the start, their bowlers kept it nice and tight. Southee got Shaw early. Pujara and Agarwal then looked to steady the ship but the former was debutant Jamieson’s first wicket and then the Indian skipper followed him. The Indians were in deep trouble at 40 for 3 but Agarwal and Rahane have surged a fightback. The two are amidst a good stand and India will hope they can continue the good work. The Kiwis would be expecting Boult to make an impact. He has not been at his best so far. Both Jamieson and Southee have been good, especially the former, he has been unplayable at times. New Zealand though will know they need to get rid of the two batting out there quickly.

India 79/3 at Lunch on Day 1

OVERS 25.3: FOUR! Now Mayank cuts a Boult delivery through gully for his fourth boundary

OVERS 25.1: FOUR! Rahane cuts a Boult delivery through gully for his second boundary

OVERS 24.3: FOUR! Mayank edges a wide delivery from Southee through the slips. India 68/3

OVERS 23.5: FOUR! Mayank cover drives a Boult delivery for his second boundary

OVERS 21.6: FOUR! Mayank drives a Jamieson delivery through long-on for his first boundary. India 55/3

OVERS 20.5: Rahane brings up the Indian 50 with a single to the leg side but they are three wickets down

OVERS 19.2: FOUR! Ajinkya Rahane on drives a Jamieson delivery for his first boundary

OVERS 17.5: OUT! BIG BIG WICKET! Jamieson draws Kohli forward, the Indian captain is not upto the pitch of the ball, gets a leading edge that flies to first slip for Ross Taylor to take the catch. Kohli falls for 2, India 40/3

OVERS 17.3: Virat Kohli punches a Jamieson delivery down the ground for two to get off the mark

In walks the Indian captain Virat Kohli

OVERS 15.3: OUT! Second over after the drinks break and Pujara (11) edges a Jamieson delivery for keeper
BJ Watling to take a simple catch and become the debutant first Test wicket. India 35/2

OVERS 13.1: CLOSE CALL! Pujara taps a Jamieson delivery on the leg side and scampers through for a quick single. Henry Nicholls comes running in from square leg, dives, picks and throws in one motion and Mayank would have been run out had that throw would not have missed the wickets by a whisker!

Two consecutive maiden overs by New Zealand. India still 33/1 in 13 overs

Double bowling change for New Zealand as the 6’8″ debutant Kyle Jamieson has been introduced in the attack. India 33/1 in 11 overs

Colin de Grandhomme has been introduced in the attack

India 31/1 after 10 overs

OVERS 9.2: First convincing shot from Mayank as he drives a Boult delivery down the ground through long-off for three runs

OVERS 8.6: FOUR! Pujara on drives an over-pitched delivery from Southee for his first boundary. India 26/1

Cheteshwar Pujara is the new man in for India

OVERS 4.2: OUT! CLEAN BOWLED!!! Southee bowls a perfect outswinger, Shaw (16) looks to flick but misses the ball completely that goes on to castle his stumps. Poor footwork from Shaw, he looked to play it in front of his body. India 16/1

OVERS 3.2: FOUR! Boult draws Shaw forward and the tentative edge goes through the slips for his second boundary. India 15/0

OVERS 2.1: FOUR! Southee bowls short and wide, Shaw cuts over point for the first boundary of the Test series.
India 10/0

Boult concedes five runs off his first over. India 6/0

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

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.

Immediately after the toss the covers were briefly put on the wicket as a light shower passed over the ground.

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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