Following the emphatic performance by India against New Zealand in the T20I series, the Test series is underway. Day 1 of the 1st Test Match between India and New Zealand has concluded at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur and the Men in Blue see themselves at 258/4. Skipper Ajinkya Rahane had won the toss and opted to bat first. India handed a debut to Shreyas Iyer in the match. India started out well in the morning session but they stumbled against the bowling of the Kiwis. However, they managed to make a turnaround as they posted a decent score at the Stumps of Day 1.
Team India got off to a great start
Mayank Agarwal was the first to go for 13 in the morning session while Shubman Gill dominated New Zealand bowlers with his 52-run knock and added 61 runs with Pujara for the second wicket. Pujara hasn’t reached the three figure-mark since 2019 and the wait is still on.
Opener Shubman Gill was dismissed in the first over of the post-lunch session followed by Cheteshwar Pujara. India’s No. 3 was dismissed by Tim Southee. He failed to convert a good start to a big score yet again.
The stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane became Kyle Jamieson’s third victim and could not remain at the crease for long.
Shreyas Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja rescue Team India on Day 1
The debutant Shreyas Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja held their heads high and guided the team to rebuild. Iyer was unbeaten on 75 while Jadeja was batting on 50. The duo did a great job to revive their innings after New Zealand had falter Rahane’s men to 145/4. Kyle Jamieson was the stand out bowler who scalped the openers as well as picked up the crucial wicket of Ajinkya Rahane.
Ravindra Jadeja got to his 17th Test half-century after debutant Shreyas Iyer hit his maiden Test fifty. India did not lose a single wicket in final session and steadily reached the total of 258/4 at stumps on Day 1.