Debutant Kyle Jamieson pushes India on the back foot on Day 1 of Wellington Test
IndIndia are five down for 122 but this is not as bad a score as it may seem. With 276 being the average first innings score here over the last four years, if the visitors can scrape their way to 250, they can in fact end up in the drivers' seat.
Match Summary: Stumps Day 1
India 122-5 (55 Overs 1st Innings) (Rahane38(122), Agarwal34(84); Jamieson3/38, Southee1/27)
As expected, New Zealand won the toss and decided to bowl first on a green Basin Reserve pitch. The hosts were predictable with their team combination, presenting Kyle Jamieson his maiden Test cap in place of Neil Wagner, who became a father yesterday. The team also included Ajaz Patel as their only spinner.
India went in with Hanuma Vihari over all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. They picked experienced pacer Ishant Sharma despite him having just recovered from an ankle injury and played Ravichandran Ashwin as their lone spinner.
As was anticipated, the team was three down within the first 20 overs in seaming conditions, with young opener Prithvi Shaw and Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli, the two mainstays of the Indian Test batting order, back in the hut already.
Both dismissals were brought about by debutant Kyle Jamieson with balls pitching on good length or slightly fuller around the off stump and taking the edge - classic Test dismissals.
Mayank Agarwal and Ajinkya Rahane then held fort for some time before Agarwal was caught at fine leg while trying to guide a short ball. India also lost Hanuman Vihari before rain came down and no play was possible after Tea.
New Zealand - Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult
India - Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
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