IND vs NZ: India and New Zealand are back in whites for some red-ball action at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur. Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and elected to bat first. The Kiwi pacers bowled well but it is Team India who are in the ascendancy after Day 1. Iyer and Jadeja batted the whole of the third session and New Zealand would be hoping the new ball does the trick early on day 2 otherwise the match would slip away from their hands.
Day 1 produced exciting cricket with the Rain Gods staying away. The only blemish was that poor light stopped play early and six overs were lost. Another fine day is in the offing as Kanpur will have clear skies and cool weather.
The minimum temperature on day 2 is 16 degrees Celsius around sunrise and the maximum in the afternoon will be close to 26 degrees. During match hours, temperature will hover between 22-24 degrees. The humidity will be in the range of 50-60%. Air Quality Index will be poor ranging between 200 to 300. The winds will be calm on the second day.
Brief Scorecard: India 258/4 ( Shreyas Iyer 75*, Ravindra Jadeja 50*, Shubman Gill 52, Kule Jamieson 3-47, Tim Southee 1-43)
India finished Day 1 on 258/4 at stumps, with half-centuries from Shreyas Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja in the final session. In the third session of the day, India did not lose a wicket, with both batsmen scoring at a rapid pace. The Black Caps had earlier placed India under pressure by taking early wickets of Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, and skipper Ajinkya Rahane in the second session. Kyle Jamieson was the pick of the bowlers as took three wickets.
Overall, it was a great day for India! They got off to a slow start, with Mayank Agarwal sent packing early. Gill and Pujara steadied the ship, as the former notched his fifty, and Pujara went about business in his usual sedate style. Rahane looked good in his short innings, but he couldn’t capitalize on his start.
Iyer and Jadeja batted well and put the loose balls away. All Indian batters were unperturbed by the spin. Shreyas Iyer was by far the best batsman and would be eyeing a hundred on debut, while Ravindra Jadeja reached his fifty late in the day. The duo combined for a 113-run unbroken stand.
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