India vs New Zealand Live cricket Score, 1st Test at Kanpur, Day 1: Gill, Agarwal open after India opt to bat

India vs New Zealand Live cricket Score, 1st Test at Kanpur, Day 1: Gill, Agarwal open after India opt to bat

India vs New Zealand Live cricket Score, 1st Test at Kanpur, Day 1: Gill, Agarwal open after India opt to bat

09:58 (IST)

After 5 overs,India 15/0 ( Mayank Agarwal 9 , Shubman Gill 5)

Southee into his third over. Lovely drive through the gap between cover and extra cover by Gill at the start of Southee’s third over, getting enough time to come back for a third as the ball slows down on its way to the fence. Mayank nicks an outswinger in the penultimate delivery, the ball staying low and beating the keeper’s gloves to run all the way to the third man fence for the first boundary of the innings. Seven from the over.

09:52 (IST)

Pretty hazy in Kanpur at the moment

09:51 (IST)

After 4 overs,India 8/0 ( Mayank Agarwal 5 , Shubman Gill 2)

Jamieson starts off with three dots, before overstepping in the fourth. Just a gentle push through the covers by Agarwal thereafter as he collects another double. Meanwhile, it is very hazy out there in Kanpur, as is usually the case in North Indian cities during winter, and one wonders if that might make sighting the ball a bit of a problem. Three from the over.

09:46 (IST)

After 3 overs,India 5/0 ( Mayank Agarwal 3 , Shubman Gill 2)

Southee appeals for LBW in the third delivery, umpire Virender Sharma raises his finger and Gill, the batter in question, reviews it straight away. Visible inside edge confirmed in the replay, which the umpire had somehow missed as he has to overturn his decision. Five dots in a review before Gill clips the final delivery through midwicket for a brace.

09:42 (IST)

After 2 overs,India 3/0 ( Mayank Agarwal 3 , Shubman Gill 0)

Kyle Jamieson from the other end. The all-rounder, who was a revelation in his debut series against the same opponents in early 2020, is playing his first series in Asia in conditions vastly different from the one he grew up playing in. He starts off with a maiden.

09:37 (IST)

After 1 over,India 3/0 ( Mayank Agarwal 3 , Shubman Gill 0)

Southee starts off with a couple of dots, with Mayank Agarwal getting off the mark with a brace off the third as he works the ball behind square on the off side. Collects a single two balls later. Gill blocks the last delivery. Three from the first over.

09:33 (IST)

Right then, it’s Southee with the ball in hand at the start of the innings, with Agarwal — who’s opening with Gill today — on strike. The national anthems have been sung. Time for India’s home Test season to begin.

09:07 (IST)

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

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

09:05 (IST)

Kane Williamson, New Zealand skipper: We would’ve had a bat. Important we try and get a few breakthroughs early. It’s a different challenge everywhere you go. We’re not looking back, we’re looking forward to this challenge. Ajaz Patel and Will Somerville are both in and have bowled well together before. We have two spinners, two seamers and one spin-bowling all-rounder in Rachin Ravindra.

09:05 (IST)

Ajinkya Rahane, India captain: Surface looks really good compared to what we played in previous tracks. Opportunity for all of us to do well. Shreyas is making his debut. We are really excited to play under Rahul bhai and the new coaching staff. New Zealand is a quality team and we respect them. They play as a team and as a unit. Important for us to back our strengths. We are going with three spinners and two seamers.

09:03 (IST)

India win the toss, and skipper Ajinkya Rahane opts to bat

08:55 (IST)

Simon Doull and Deep Dasgupta analyse the Kanpur pitch


Doull: Looks very similar to the one five years ago. Bereft of grass. Looks like a good surface. There’s going to be some movement. You want runs on the board first up. Maybe the ball will behave a little differently in the evening when it gets dark early.


Dasgupta: The cracks are prominent already. Might turn early. A bit abrasive.

08:50 (IST)

Shreyas Iyer becomes India's 303rd Test cricketer!

08:45 (IST)

No specific requests from Team India or BCCI, says the Green Park curator

"Neither did we get any instruction from BCCI nor did anyone from the team management contact me asking for a rank turner. I have prepared a pitch keeping guidelines for a good pitch in mind," said Shiv Kumar, head curator at Green Park on the strip that will be used for the upcoming Test.

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08:40 (IST)

Shubman Gill, meanwhile, will hope to make the most of an opportunity at the top of the order with Rohit Sharma not playing the Test series, and try and retain his spot for the South Africa tour with some big scores.

He is among the Indian players to watch out for in the Test series. Click here to read the full list.

08:30 (IST)

Spin is expected to play a big part at Kanpur as well as in Mumbai in the Test series, and Ajaz Patel will therefore have a big role to play if the Black Caps are to pull off a heist by beating the Indians on their own turf.

Here are some of the New Zealand players to watch out for in the upcoming series

08:20 (IST)

"Not concerned about my form. My job is to contribute as much as possible for my team."

Ajinkya Rahane, leading India in the first Test in place of Virat Kohli, brushes aside concerns over his place in the XI ahead of the series opener in Kanpur.

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08:10 (IST)

Rahane, with his career on line, gets to lead India may be one last time while 100-Test veteran Ishant Sharma will be praying that young turk Mohammed Siraj doesn't nudge him out.

This also gives head coach Rahul Dravid a chance to check out what his back-up bench strength is before the away tour of South Africa which starts in less than a month's time.

Jigar Mehta previews the first Test between India and New Zealand

08:00 (IST)

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the opening day of the first Test between India and New Zealand at the Green Park in Kanpur, with India's home Test season getting underway in the process.

India vs New Zealand Live Score, Final Cricket Score and Live Streaming, Latest Updates: Southee appeals for LBW in the third delivery, umpire Virender Sharma raises his finger and Gill, the batter in question, reviews it straight away. Visible inside edge confirmed in the replay, which the umpire had somehow missed as he has to overturn his decision. Five dots in a review before Gill clips the final delivery through midwicket for a brace.

India vs New Zealand 1st Test preview: India take on New Zealand in the first of the two Tests, in Kanpur.

The Kiwis beat India in the first cycle of the World Test Championship final six months ago to lift the title. Since then they have met a few times in white-ball cricket. It will be different ball game this time though as the Kiwis will be playing on the Indian soil.

They will face an uphill task against the Indian spin attack which is one of the best in the world. The last time the Kiwis toured India, they were outclassed 3-0. R Ashwin and R Jadeja combined to take 41 out of the 57 wickets taken by the bowlers.

Ashwin has been in good touch of late having returned to the white-ball side after four years. He will be the biggest threat to the Kiwis.

The Kiwi batsmen would have to show more application and adapt to the conditions quickly as the turnaround time from white-ball to red-ball cricket has been very short. There are no practice matches as well.

Kane Williamson, who played a couple of brilliant innings in the WTC final, will be the key for the Kiwis in that middle order.

Live cricket score and ball by ball Commentary of today's match of India Vs New Zealand 1st Test

India will be missing some of their first-choice players in Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami Rishabh Pant, who have been rested. Kohli has been rested for the first Test and Ajinkya Rahane will lead in his absence. India received a blow ahead of the series as KL Rahul was ruled out of the series due to thigh strain.

Suryakumar Yadav has replaced him in the squad. This means that Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill will in probability open the batting. And Rahane confirmed that Shreyas Iyer will make his Test debut, so he will most likely bat at No 4 in absence of Kohli.

Rahane and Pujara will be looking to get back to their best after struggles of late.

Kane Williamson will be hoping that some luck goes his way with regards to the toss which could be crucial. Last series, he lost all the tosses and scoreboard pressure does play a role especially in India.

The Kiwis would be looking for their first series win in India while rampant India would be looking to make it 14 series wins in a row at home. We can expect an enthralling contest.

Here's everything you need to know about the first India vs New Zealand Test in Kanpur:

When will the first Test between India and New Zealand take place?

The first Test between India and New Zealand will take place from 25-29 November, 2021.

What is the venue for India vs New Zealand match? 

The match will take place at Green Park in Kanpur.

What time will the match start? 

The match will begin at 9.30 am IST. The toss will take place at 9 am IST on Day 1.

Which TV channels will broadcast India vs New Zealand match? 

The match will be telecast on Star Sports Network. The live streaming of the match will also be available on Disney + Hotstar. You can also browse Firstpost.com for live updates and over-by-over commentary.

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