India v NZ 1st Test Day 1: Iyer, Jadeja combine to take control for India
India took command of the opening day's play in the first Test against New Zealand by finishing on 258 for four at the end of the day's play on Thursday.
At the Green Park in Kanpur, India after winning the toss, elected to bat.
India started off confidently after losing Mayank Agarwal. Shubman Gill added 61 runs for the second wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara. Gill was the first man to fall after lunch. Gill finally fell for 52 off 93 balls with five boundaries and a six. Shortly thereafter, Pujara too got out for 26. India was in a spot of bother at 106 for three. Captain Ajinkya Rahane then took charge of the innings. He scored swiftly as he reached 35 with five boundaries. In Rahane's company was debutant Shreyas Iyer. The Mumbai pair did well adding 39 runs for the fourth wicket. Rahane fell trying to tickle the ball down the leg-side. Then Iyer shared an unbroken 113 run stand for the fifth wicket with Ravindra Jadeja. Iyer finally finished the day unbeaten on 75 off 136 balls with seven boundaries and two sixes. Jadeja was unbeaten at the other end on 50 off 100 balls with six boundaries.
For New Zealand the best bowler was Kyle Jamieson (3-47).
New Zealand handed Test debut to Rachin Ravindra, while India handed first cap to Iyer.
India: 258-4 (84)
Fall of wickets: 1-21 (Mayank Agarwal-7.5 ov), 2-82 (Shubman Gill-29.6 ov), 3-106 (Cheteshwar Pujara-37.4 ov), 4-145 (Ajinkya Rahane-49.2 ov)
End of Day 1: India is 258 for four
India: Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Shreyas Iyer, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav
New Zealand: Tom Latham, Will Young, Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell (wicket-keeper), Rachin Ravindra, Kyle Jamieson, Will Sommerville, Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel
Toss: India, elected to field
Venue: Green Park, Kanpur
Start time: 0930 hrs India time
Match officials: Nitin Menon, Virender Sharma (On-field umpires); Anil Chaudhary (TV Umpire); KN Ananthapadmanabhan (Reserve Umpire); Javagal Srinath (Match-referee)