Shreyas Iyer & Ravindra Jadeja put India in command on Day 1

IND vs NZ 1st Test, Day 1 Stumps: Ravindra Jadeja, Shreyas Iyer fifties dominate Kiwis, put India in control; IND 258/4
IND vs NZ 1st Test, Day 1 Stumps: Ravindra Jadeja, Shreyas Iyer fifties dominate Kiwis, put India in control; IND 258/4

IND vs NZ 1st Test, Day 1 Stumps: India take honours on Day 1 – Shubman Gill, Ravindra Jadeja and debutant Shreyas Iyer slammed half-centuries as India controlled proceedings on Day 1 in the 1st Test in Kanpur. Although the Kiwis got an early breakthrough in Mayank Agarwal, a solid stand of 113 between Jadeja and Iyer meant India posted 258/4 before bad light stopped play on Day 1 at Green Park. Both remained unbeaten. Follow IND vs NZ 1st Test LIVE Updates on

After opting to bat first on a flat surface in Kanpur, India suffered an early blow with Mayank Agarwal departing in the 8th over. But Cheteshwar Pujara and Shubman Gill steadied the innings with a 61-run stand.

IND vs NZ 1st Test, Day 1 Stumps: Ravindra Jadeja, Shreyas Iyer fifties dominate Kiwis, put India in control; IND 258/4

This was the time when New Zealand launched a comeback bid, taking three wickets for 63 runs. Kyle Jamieson bagged two in this session while Tim Southee dismissed Pujara. But a dominant performance from Ravindra Jadeja and Shreyas Iyer meant, India took the honours on Day 1.

For Shreyas Iyer, who may not have a place in the XI when Virat Kohli returns to the side in the 2nd Tets, made most of his opportunity. His patient 75-run knock off 136 deliveries gave India a middle-order solidity that Team India missed. Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara failed to live up to the expectations.

But a young Iyer carried on in the two’s absence on the crease. His matured shot selection and only going after the loose deliveries besides targeting New Zealand spinners helped India cruise to 258/4 at end of Day 1. Shreyas Iyer remained unbeaten on 75 while Jadeja remained not out on 50 while Kyle Jamieson returned with 3/47.

IND vs NZ 1st Test, Day 1 Stumps: Ravindra Jadeja, Shreyas Iyer fifties dominate Kiwis, put India in control; IND 258/4

Playing XI: India have gone with two-seamers and three spinners as expected. Shreyas Iyer makes Test debut as Rahane promised. New Zealand go with two seamers and two spinners besides a spin-allrounder in Rachin Ravindra.

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India 1st Innings 258/4 (84 ov)

IND vs NZ 1st Test, Day 1 Stumps: Ravindra Jadeja, Shreyas Iyer fifties dominate Kiwis, put India in control; IND 258/4

IND vs NZ LIVE Score, Day 1: 3rd session, 6th hour

  • SIX! Shreyas Iyer smashes Somerville for a 6. Low light not a problem for Iyer.
  • FIFTY! Ravindra Jadeja brings up his 17th Test 50 and with that comes the classic
  • FOUR! Leg glance and Jadeja closes in on a half-century.
  • 2nd new ball takes and Jadeja moves to 40s. Can he survive the new ball test?

IND vs NZ LIVE Score, Day 1: 3rd session, 5th hour

  • 90 partnership up for R Jadeja and Shreyas Iyer, IND 235/4
  • SIX! Shreyas Iyer adds salt to injuries, jumps down the track to punish Ajaz Patel with a biggie at deep mid-wicket.
  • FOUR! Jadeja this time, Ajaz Patel punished for bowling outside the off-stump. The cut was always on as the surface has slowed down to an extent.
  • FOUR! An excellent boundary for Shreyas Iyer off William Somerville. Apaddle scoop between leg slip and short leg. Drought continues for Kiwi spinners.
  • Drinks Break! India are 215/4 as R Jadeja and Shreyas Iyer on course for a century partnership.
  • FIFTY! Half-century on debut. Shreyas Iyer sends a warning to stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara. His knock could be a blow for the middle-order veteran as their lean patch continued.
  • FOUR! Shreyas Iyer looks in good touch. He is taking on Rachin Ravindra for a 4.
  • Jadeja survives. Appeal for an LBW but it was missing the stumps. Somerville has kept Jadeja on the edge.
  • Four! A half-volley by Rachin Ravindra and Iyer dispatches it through the covers.

IND vs NZ LIVE Score, Day 1: 2nd session, 4th hour

  • Tea: India 154/4
  • New Zealand’s session as they struck thrice in the session. Kyle Jamieson did again bulk of the damage with wickets of Gill and Rahane.
  • Review: Shreyas Iyer survives a close DRS call against Somerville as it was umpire’s call on impact and also clipping.
  • Four! Jadeja opens his account with a pull shot through long-leg boundary
  • WICKET! After surviving thanks to DRS, Rahane chopped onto stumps. Jamieson strikes again for Kiwis. In previous delivery he survived a caught behind call as it came off his pads
  • Kyle Jamieson picked up his third wicket, removing a well-set Ajinkya Rahane, India vs New Zealand, 1st Test, Green Park, Kanpur, 1st day, November 25, 2021
  • Four! This time Rahane punches through covers for another boundary against Somerville.
  • Four! A beautiful looking leg glance by Shreyas Iyer against Jamieson. This will give him some confidence as he had fair share of struggle against seamers.
  • Four! Another fluent cover drive by Rahane as he creams another boundary against Jamieson.
  • Southee walks off the field, Jamieson will complete his over. Glenn Phillips comes in to field for him.
  • Four! Another gorgeous looking cover drive by Rahane against Somerville
  • Drinks: India 122/3. Shreyas Iyer settled in after shaky start.

IND vs NZ LIVE Score, Day 1: 2nd session, 3rd hour:

  • FOUR! Beaming with confidence, Iyer smashes Ajaz for a 4.
  • Shreyas Iyer survives. Tries to play an early attacking shot and skies it but Kane Williamson fails to grab the opportunity.
  • Shreyas Iyer makes his Test debut. With Pujara dismissed, it will be a great opportunity for him to make a mark.
  • WICKET! Cheteshwar Pujara’s century drought continues, nicks and departs for 21.
  • Just a reminder: Pujara last scored a century back in January 2019 and Rahane scored a ton back in December 2020.
  • FOUR! Another no-ball and Rahane pounces on the following delivery to hammer a four.
  • FOUR! Ajinkya Rahane gets going with a fine boundary. Plays on the backfoot and uses the pace to smash a 4.
  • Ajinkya Rahane comes in at No 4, pushing Shreyas Iyer to No 5.
  • WICKET! Shubman Gill’s wait for a Test century continues. All the hard work he had put in are now gone. Jamieson takes advantage of his weakness and gets his 2nd wicket.
  • Kyle Jamieson begins bowling attack for NZ in post0lunch session.
  • Shubman Gill resumes on 52 while Pujara resumes on 15.

IND vs NZ LIVE Score, Day 1: 1st session, 2nd hour:

  • Lunch: India take early command as Shubman Gill returns to Test XI with a half-century.
  • FIFTY! Shubman Gill brings up his 4th Test half-century. He has been attacking NZ spinners and has reaped the rewards.
  • FOUR! Shubman steps out and smashes a 4. He continues his attacking approach.
  • SIX! Not as per plan for NZ. Ajaz Patel hasn’t had the greatest of starts in India. And now, Shubman Gill smashes him for a 6 to bring up 50-run mark for India.
  • India have lost a wicket in the first hour. Even though there has been hardly any swing on offer, Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson have been consistent and disciplined.

Shubman Gill defends a ball, India vs New Zealand, 1st Test, Green Park, Kanpur, 1st day, November 25, 2021

IND vs NZ LIVE Score, Day 1: 1st session, 1st hour

India lose early wicket

  • FOUR! First boundary from Gill. His patience pays off. His square-cut is sublime and it rushes for a 4.
  • Cheteshwar Pujara comes in early.
  • WICKET! The joy of boundary doesn’t last long. A fine delivery from Kyle Jamieson and
  • FOUR! Second boundary for Mayank. A fine cover drive off Jamieson and Mayank looks in good touch.
  • FOUR! First boundary but Mayank won’t be proud of this. He edged it and it didn’t carry to the wicketkeeper Tom Blundell but he slipped it for a 4.
  • DRS! Big shout for an LBW and the finger goes up off a Tim Southee delivery. But Gill takes a review and the thick edge is visible. Gill survives.
  • India off to steady start.

India: Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane(c), Shreyas Iyer, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav

New Zealand: Tom Latham, Will Young, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell(w), Rachin Ravindra, Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel, Kyle Jamieson, William Somerville

@9:00 AM: Ajinkya Rahane wins toss, India bat first in Kanpur. Shreyas Iyer makes debut. India to use three spinners and just two pacers.

Ajinkya Rahane: Looking to bat first. Pitch looks really good. Generally slows down later on here. Shreyas is making his debut. We are all excited to play under the new coaching staff. I personally enjoy playing under Rahul bhai. New Zealand are a quality side. 3 spinners, 2 seamers.

@8:50 AM: Just a reminder, India are leading the WTC points table with 54.17% percentile points. New Zealand will play their first Test series since the WTC Final while India played England away and are leading 2-1 in the unfinished series.

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@8:47 AM: Sunil Gavaskar hands over Test cap to fellow Mumbaikar Shreyas Iyer. It’s a long-awaited debut for Iyer.

@8:40 AM: Pitch report: It looks dry. The early moisture will have something for the seamers but spinners are expected to rule the roost. Cracks have already begun appearing and it will only go bigger as the days progress.

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Kohli and Rohit have been rested with an eye on their workload in recent times. In the first Test, Ajinkya Rahane will be leading the side in Kohli’s absence and with Rahul now missing, it will be all about Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara rising to the challenge in the middle-order.

Challenges for Indian Batting

  • Other than Pujara, Rahane, Mayank Agarwal – No batsman has played 10 test matches
  • Mayank & Shubman both returning from injuries & will open for India
  • Shreyas Iyer to debut but hasn’t even played longer format in domestic cricket in last 2 years
  • Rahane short of runs – short of confidence
  • Pujara hasn’t scored a big one since 2019

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Ind vs NZ 1st Test: India has also given rest to the likes of Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami – this means India will be on park with their regular pacers as well.

The spin department is well taken care of as Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Ravindra Jadeja are all available for selection.

Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav are expected to be the first choice pacers, looking at the experience they have and Kanpur wicket is also expected to offer some reverse swing as the game progresses on.

New Zealand Looking Strong: Coming to New Zealand, Kane Williamson will mark a return in the Test series, having taken a break from the T20Is. Pacer Trent Boult would not be available for selection, but the pace bowling department is taken care of with Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, and Neil Wagner.

Ind vs NZ 1st Test LIVE – IND NZ Kanpur Test: One needs to see how spinners Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, and Mitchell Santner perform in the series as the heavy workload will fall on their shoulders looking at how Indian pitches deteriorate as the Test progresses.

Likely Playing XI
India: 1 Mayank Agarwal, 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Ajinkya Rahane (capt), 5 Shreyas Iyer, 6 Ravindra Jadeja, 7 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 8 R Ashwin, 9 Axar Patel, 10 Ishant Sharma 11. Mohammed Siraj OR Umesh Yadav

New Zealand: 1 Tom Latham, 2 Will Young, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Henry Nicholls, 6 Tom Blundell (wk), 7 Mitchell Santner/Kyle Jamieson, 8 Tim Southee, 9 Neil Wagner, 10 Will Somerville, 11 Ajaz Patel.

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