Black Caps in the fight on opening day

2016-09-22 13:36
Murali Vijay (AFP)

Kanpur - New Zealand fought hard to stay in the game on day one of the first Test against India at Green Park in Kanpur on Thursday.

India won the toss and elected to bat on a surface that already had clearly visible cracks on it looking to pile up the runs before batting becomes exceedingly difficult.

India seemed to be having it all their own way and despite losing KL Rahul shortly after the first hour reached lunch with one wicket down and 105 runs on the board.

The pitch was on the slow side in the morning but was otherwise quite well behaved with no variable bounce or freakish turn.

New Zealand mounted a firm fightback in the second session though, India added 80 runs for the loss of three wickets.

Mitchell Santner got the breakthrough when he caught Cheteshwar Pujara off his own bowling for 62, shortly afterwards Neil Wagner got the dangerman Virat Kohli (9) cheaply and India were 167 for 3.

Vitally Ish Sodhi removed Murali Vijay (65) when the opener looked well set to swing the second session firmly in New Zealand's favour.

India went to tea at 185/4 and if the second session was shaded by New Zealand then the tourists dominated the third as India crumbled faster than the dusty wicket in Kanpur.

India put on 106 runs after tea losing five wickets. Ajinkya Rahane (18) became Mark Craig's 49th Test victim shortly after tea, the off spinner tossed one up at an awkward length and had India's vice-captain caught at short leg.

Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin then briefly steadied the ship putting on 52 before the former threw his wicket away for the umpteenth time in his Test career, chipping Santner to long on.

Trent Boult then pushed his claim to join Mitchell Starc and Dale Steyn as seamers who can take wickets in all conditions, as he whipped out Ashwin (40) before producing a brace of unplayable deliveries to bowl both Wriddhiman Saha and Mohammad Shami for ducks.

India limped to 291 for 9 at the close of play but with the pitch rapidly deteriorating the runs they were able to get in the morning session may prove to be the difference between the two sides when all is said and done.

Read more on:    india  |  new zealand  |  trent boult  |  cricket

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

India may be ranked No 1 in the ICC Test rankings, but after their series defeat to the Proteas, do they really deserve the mantle as world's best?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.