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Cricket score, India vs New Zealand Day 1 Test 1: Humiliating turn in India’s fortunes, end at 291/9

Cricket score, India vs New Zealand Day 1 Test 1: India score 251/5 in 79 overs with Rohit Sharma batting well on 30, and Ravichandran Ashwin too on 30. Rohit Sharma has justified his skipper's faith for picking him in the playing XI.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: September 22, 2016 5:52 PM
Live Cricket Score, Live ind vs NZ, ind vs NZ Live, live cricket streaming, live video streaming, Live cricket Blogs, India Cricket Team, New Zealand Cricket Team, Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Cricket latest, Cricket news, Green Park, Kanpur Test Cricket score, India vs New Zealand Day 1 Test 1:With the top order, including skipper Virat Kohli being sent packing back to the pavilion, Rohit Sharma and R Ashwin have been left with the task of getting the innings back on track. (In AP photo: Virat Kohli bats during their first cricket test against New Zealand in Kanpur.)

Cricket score, India vs New Zealand Day 1 Test 1: The Virat Kohli led Team India is all set to host Kane Williamson skippered side at the Kanpur Green Park today. Both the sides have had time to prepare for the unique Indian conditions and are, according to the sound-bites by the respective captains, all set to take the battle to the other side. Having said that, the pitch will play a big part in the proceedings after providing some assistance to pacers in the first hour or so. After that spin is going to dominate and there is no doubt India is better in that department. Having said that, it will not be a walkover for India as the Kiwis are determined lot and fight to the last man to ensure they do not lose. As proof is the fact that they have not lost a series playing against Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh!

Among the batsmen for both sides likely to dominate proceedings are Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson, but the spinners are expected to turn uo tops and here R Ashwin’s name is on top of the list – the pitch is expected to be a rank ‘turner’. Ravindra Jadeja is the other with Ish Sodhi likely to star for the Kiwis. The conditions will be hot and humid through the day and how well the players manage the heat will be crucial to determining their performances. A lot is at stake for India in the series, especially securing the No. 1 Test playing rank.

Here is the Ind vs NZ Kanpur Test 1, day 1 commentary:

* India score 291/9 with Ravindra Jadeja batting 15. OUT! ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST! Boult does a Saha on Shami. This batsman too helpfully leaves a gap between bat and pad and the ball whizzes through to crash onto the bails. Schoolboy cricket, this! Umesh Yadav comes in and gets a boundary! Another ball, another BOUNDARY! India just can’t seem to stop thinking of boundaries. That was the last delivery of the day.

* India score 273/8 in 86 overs with Ravindra Jadeja batting on 6. India have succumbed to the crafty Kiwi attack in a most humiliating manner. In fact, the Kiwis were just intent on playing containment cricket and were trying to put the ball in the right places. Indians on the other hand let their over-confidence get the better of them. Their shot selection left them down. While being aggressive while batting is good, but once things start going awry, the batsmen should know how to shut shop and bat safe. This aspect seems to have escaped the strategy-makers in Team India.

* Stumps are almost there and India were still dealing in boundaries. Ashwin was the guilty party this time. After dispatching a short pitched ball to the boundary, Ashwin got a Boult delivery that came into him. The turn caught the batsman by surprise and he just managed to send the ball flying to the gully fielder. More catching practice for the Kiwis! Ravichandran Ashwin c Ross Taylor b Trent Boult 40 (76). Amazing turn in Indian fortunes.

* India score 263/7 in 84 overs with Ravichandran Ashwin batting on 34. OUT! India on the ropes! Wriddhiman Saha OUT FOR A DUCK! Trent Boult bowls with venom with the new ball. New batsman has also helpfully left a big gap between bat and pad, the ball goes through it and smashes the stumps! Saha b Trent Boult 0 (2)!

* India score 261/6 in 83 overs with Ravichandran Ashwin batting on 34. OUT! ROHIT SHARMA OUT CAUGHT FOR 35! A HUGE BLOW TO INDIA. SURPRISE! Santner does the damage with the cherry! Rohit offers some catching practice to fielder at mid-on. Still, it needed to be caught and Sodhi was up to it. Rohit Sharma c Ish Sodhi b Mitchell Santner 35 (67). As has happened so often in his Test career, Sharma again gets a great start only to throw his wicket away! Amazing negative streak.

* India score 259/5 in 81 overs with Rohit Sharma batting 35, and Ravichandran Ashwin 33. They may have been getting some success with the old ball, but that has not stopped Kiwi capt Kane Williamson from gambling further with the fate of the match hanging in balance. Williamson has opted for the new ball. Mitch Santner to bowl with it first up. The start is all right for India as Ashwin brings up the 50-run partnership.

* India score 251/5 in 79 overs with Rohit Sharma batting well on 30, and Ravichandran Ashwin too on 30. Rohit Sharma has justified his skipper’s faith for picking him in the playing XI. There were calls for him to be ignored or completely dropped, but Kohli has chosen to give Sharma a long run in the side. It is early days yet, and Rohit needs a few big innings  to cement his place in the side. Problem is that he keeps throwing away good starts in Tests. In the shorter format, he is of course supreme. Needs to bring that form to the longer version too.

* India score 236/5 in 75 overs with Rohit Sharma batting on 25, and Ravichandran Ashwin 20. Wagner is taken to the cleaners by Ashwin. First a short ball is dispatched to the boundary and as the bowler errs on the fuller side, the same result is elicited in terms of a boundary. Ashwin is in superb touch with the bat!

* India score 225/5 in 72 overs with Rohit Sharma batting 22, and Ravichandran Ashwin 9. The New Zealanders are getting increasingly frustrated as R Ashwin is defying the bowling with gusto. He seems to be ready to play a big match-saving, if not match-winning, innings. How things have changed! Here we were talking of India getting off to an easy win just about an hour ago and now we are talking about draws and saving Tests! That is cricket for you. Things change fast.

* India score 222/5 in 71 overs with Rohit Sharma batting on 22, and Ravichandran Ashwin 9. Trent Boult gives up a boundary to Ashwin as he missed his line and length.

* India score 218/5 in 70 overs with Rohit Sharma batting 22, and Ravichandran Ashwin 5. A rush of blood makes Rohit come down the pitch, Craig spots it and sends ball wide down leg. Rohit barely escapes being stumped. And just an over before that he escaped a very loud LBW appeal. He is living dangerously. Last thing INDIA NOW NEED IS THAT ITS LAST FRONTLINE BATSMAN GETS OUT.

* India score 209/5 in 62 overs with Rohit Sharma batting on 18. Craig bowls, keeps it really tight in the first few delieveries. Ties down Rahane. The batsman looks to do something different, but perishes in the process. RAHANE OUT! c Tom Latham b Mark Craig 18. BIG SETBACK FOR INDIA! Perhaps Rohit’s smashing boundaries disturbed Rahane’s focus. Rohit smashed a 6 followed by a 4 earlier.


* New Zealand have taken 3 wickets in the session and have pegged India back totally. They have also snatched away the advantage that the Indians had all the way through to lunch.

* India score 185/4 in 58 overs with Ajinkya Rahane batting on 12: OUT! India’s sheet anchor is OUT! Ish Sodhi gets Murali Vijay caught behind! Vijay had been using the late cut to good effect all morning, but this time he snicks it back to the ‘keeper!  Murali Vijay c Watling b Ish Sodhi 65 (170).

* India score 179/3 in 54 overs with Murali Vijay batting on 64, and Ajinkya Rahane on a quick 7. Vijay is scoring most runs through boundaries. Smashes one through covers for a 4!

* India score 174/3 in 53 overs with Murali Vijay batting on 59, and Ajinkya Rahane 7. Rahane barely gets away with his wicket! Very fortunate as the ball really turned. However, the batsman gets his revenge by blasting a 4 off a shortish delivery.

* India score 168/3 in 52 overs with Murali Vijay batting on 59. OUT! VIRAT KOHLI OUT c Ish Sodhi b Neil Wagner 9 (10). An aggressive Kohli looked to blast a short ball to the boundary but gets a top edge to deep fine leg!

* India score 163/2 in 51 overs with Murali Vijay batting on 59, and new batsman Virat Kohli 5. The Indian skipper is not wasting time to get his concentration in. Gets a short, and wide bal from Santner that is smashed to the boundary.

* India 158/2 in 50 overs with Murali Vijay batting on 59, and Virat Kohli 0: Vijay had been stuck on 55 for a while and in this over Wagner gave him the liberty to add easy runs. Drifting onto the pads of a batsman is a no-no in any form of cricket and Vijay caressed it to the boundary behind the wicket.

* India score 154/2 in 48.4 overs with Murali Vijay batting 55. PUJARA IS OUT! Threw his wicket away or rather gifted it to Santner! A pitched-up ball that should have been blasted out of the park was just played back to the bowler by Pujara! Clearly a loss of concentration. Virat Kohli is the new batsman. He walks in to a huge ovation by the crowd in the stadium. Cheteshwar Pujara c&b Mitchell Santner 62 (109).

* India score 152/1  in 48 overs with Murali Vijay batting on 54, and Cheteshwar Pujara 61. The batsmen bring up India’s 150 in this Wagner over.

* India score 147/1 in 46 overs with Murali Vijay batting on 52, and Cheteshwar Pujara 59.

* India score 145/1 in 45 overs with Murali Vijay batting 52, and Cheteshwar Pujara 57. Pujara gets adventurous in the over to pick up the scoring pace. Gets quickly on backfoot and smashes it through mid-off. This also gets 100 for the partnership.

* India are 140/1 in 44 overs with Murali Vijay batting on 52, and Cheteshwar Pujara 52. Wagner bowls a maiden.

* India score 137/1 in 42 overs with Murali Vijay batting 51, and Cheteshwar Pujara 50. Neil Wagner comes into the attack and bowls a maiden.

* India are 137/1 in 41 overs) with Murali Vijay batting 51, and Cheteshwar Pujara 50. Pujara reaches his 8th fifty of career, but does it in charactersitic manner by milking the bowling rather than making any flamboyant statement with a boundary.

* India are 133/1 in 40 overs with Murali Vijay batting 50, and Cheteshwar Pujara 47. Boult looks to postpone the 50s by the batsmen and is now bowling from around the wicket. But to no avail as Vijay gets his 13th 50 courtesy gentle tap.

* India are 131/1 in 39 overs with Murali Vijay batting on 49, and Cheteshwar Pujara 46. Vijay lost the focus in this over and almost paid with his wicket as he is on the cusp of reaching 50. Sodhi raps him on the pads, but Vijay is lucky to get an inside edge. The batsman is denied his 50 in the over due to the accurate and restrictive bowling. Vijay himself realises he could have lost a great chance to score big on this pitch.

* India are 130/1 38 overs with Murali Vijay batting on 49, and Cheteshwar Pujara 45. A fine display of batting by Vijay in this over gets him some runs. Vijay goes back to cut the ball late and ensures he gets a boundary. A furious Boult bowls a bouncer, but it goes  over the ‘keeper!

* India are 122/1 in 37 overs with Murali Vijay batting on 45, and Cheteshwar Pujara 45.

* India score 114/1 in 35 overs with Murali Vijay batting 43, and Cheteshwar Pujara 39. After having set his eye in and restored concentration to earlier levels, Pujara smashes a 4! Gets quickly on backfoot to blast the ball through the off side off Ish Sodhi. Great work by the batsman. He is truly set for a big innings in Kanpur.

* There are no demons in the pitch at the moment. It is playing true. Yes, it is a batsman’s pitch at the moment and is likely to help spinners from the second day. But at the moment, it is a batsman’s paradise. Great toss to win for Virat Kohli. Surely he would not have relished the prospect of batting last on this pitch even though it is against New Zealand!

* India are 110/1 in 34 overs with Murali Vijay batting on 43, Cheteshwar Pujara 35. Boult bowls maiden. He will have his task cut out. Will have to stop the flow of runs at this quick pace.

* India score 110/1 in 33 overs with Murali Vijay batting 43, and Cheteshwar Pujara 35. What is clear after lunch is that the Indian batsmen are taking no chances and are getting their eye in just to get back their focus. Sodhi bowls a maiden.

* India score 110/1 in 32 overs with  Murali Vijay batting on 43, and Pujara 35. The Kiwis start aggressively after lunch. Trent Boult comes thundering in from around the wicket and unleashes a bouncer at Vijay. Caught by surprise, Vijay snicks the ball. However, there is no one in first slip! Clearly, the skipper and the bowler were not on the same page. After all, as soon as lunch break is over and a fast bowler has the ball, then a first slip is essential. Also, did the bowler and skipper not discuss strategy? Strange!

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* LUNCH: Virat Kohli has clearly stamped his authority on the Test match already. The galloping run rate shows that he is intent on batting the Kiwis out of the Test right from the first day. His intention is to bat quick, get a fat score on board to destroy any vestige of confidence the Kiwis may have left and then unleash his spinners. Almost a quarter of the job is done, if the intent stays the same and the match is played at the same intensity by Team India, then they are home dry.

The best part about the Indian innings is that no flamboyant shots are being played and yet the batsmen, Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara, both of whom are technically very correct in their stance and shot selection, are managing to keep the run rate clipping along. This will become a huge headache for the Kiwis as the Test progresses. They will need to find a quick solution for it or risk handing the Test on a platter to India. Either they stop the flow of runs or start taking wickets to keep a foot in the match.

India vs NZ Lunch-time score

* India are 105/1 in 31 overs with Murali Vijay batting 39, and Cheteshwar Pujara 34. And that is lunch, folks! Kiwis have a wicket to show for their morning’s efforts, but clearly the Indians have snatched the honours away.

* India are 100/1 in 30 overs with Murali Vijay batting 38, and Cheteshwar Pujara 30. The triple digit mark is up for India in quick time. Most teams look to score somewhere around 75 run by lunch and call it a good rate. India are virtually galloping along. And that too without playing one-day kind of shots. It is copybook Test cricket being played by the Indians!

* India are 94/1 after 27 overs. A boundary brings up fifty-run partnership between Vijay and Pujara.

* India are 86/1 after 24 overs courtesy a boundary by Pujara. The batsman dances down the track and blasts the ball straight down the ground past the bowler.

* India are 75/1 in 22 overs. Murali Vijay is batting on 26 (60), while Cheteshwar Pujara is on 17 (33). The scoring rate is good considering this is a Test match. It is also showing Kohli’s direction. He wants quick runs on the board and then try and force a result in the time that remains. Does not want a draw.

* Pujara is playing his trademark game. everything is being played with a straight bat. Great technique for a batsman playing in the one-down position for India. However, this does not mean he is shunning scoring opportunities. After all his run rate is almost 1 run per 2 balls. Take this particular ball for instance. Craig bowls but drifts onto middle stump, Pujara blasts it to the boundary with a straight bat in the mid-on region.

* India are 66/1 in 20 overs with Murali Vijay batting on 23 (56), and Cheteshwar Pujara 11 (25). Both the batsmen are comfortable and this highlights the fact that Rahul missed out on a great opportunity for a big score. Nevertheless, the two batsmen at the crease are doing a great job of controlling the Kiwi bowling and keeping the scoreboard ticking. Both Santner and Craig have been batted into a corner as they are not being able to bowl to their strengths. Anything that drifts into scoring areas are duly dispatched. However, having said that, the batsmen are paying respect where due. And this is clear from some maiden overs being bowled by the Kiwis.

* India are 53/1 in 16 overs) with Murali Vijay 16 (42), Cheteshwar Pujara 5 (15). After the exit of Rahul, both the batsmn are taking it easy. They are looking to ensure Kiwis are denied any further breakthroughs as that would really peg back India’s charge.

* India are 50/1 in 14 overs with Murali Vijay batting on 14 (39), and Cheteshwar Pujara 4 (6). Off-spinner Mark Craig has been called to bowl by Kane Williamson. He has smelled blood and is going for the kill. He bowls a maiden over as India unwilling to take any chance after loss of wicket.

* India are 46/1 in 12 overs with Murali Vijay batting on 14 (33), and Cheteshwar Pujara 0 (0).

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India lose first wicket

* OUT! The first wicket falls early as KL Rahul is caught BJ Watling off the bowling of M Santner for 32. The batsman has just about done his job of seeing the new ball off, but it also means he has thrown away his wicket after getting a good start.

* It did not take long for Kane Williamson to bring on spin. In fact, spin has come into play in the 9th over itself with Williamson throwing the ball to Mitchell Santner. That the Kiwis are willing to fight fire with fire is clear from the fact that they are playing 3 spinners to India’s 2 in the form of Santner, Mark Craig and Ish Sodhi. This first over sees no drama and in fact yields a massive 7 runs. No turn for the spinner yet.

* Murali Vijay is already playing the sheet anchor’s role. He has been patiently building his innings, which means he has shunned scoring opportunities to get his eye in. Finally, he gets a boundary behind point. So far no monsters in the track for the batsmen.

*  India have batted to 22/0  in 7 overs without any drama except when a rush of blood made Rahul look to heave one out of the Green Park, but he misses. KL Rahul 20 (25), Murali Vijay 2 (17).

* India score a boundary as Rahul powers one through gully. He follows it up with another powerful display of his batting by smashing the very next ball again through gully for for a four.

* India are 12/0 in 4 overs with KL Rahul on 10 (15), and Murali Vijay 2 (9) as the Kiwis test the resolve of the Indian batsmen. Short to full-pitched deliveries have been tried to disturb their focus, but till now, no false step by the batsmen.

India are 12/0 in 2 overs with KL Rahul 10 (9), Murali Vijay 2 (3). Neil Wagner (left-armer) has partnered the new ball with Boult.

India are 8/0 in 1st over) with KL Rahul 8 (6), Murali Vijay 0 (0). Boult got no joy from his first over of the Test series. A full toss was duly dispatched to the boundary by Rahul down the ground. A full-pitched delivery was treated in similar manner by the batsman, this time getting the boundary through covers.

* India are playing their 500 Test today and are now the fourth team to have reached this milestone

* Virat Kohli has won the toss and asked Kiwis to bowl

* Team India can become the No. 1 Test playing side if it wins the series against the Kiwis

* India will be missing pace bowler Ishant Sharma while Kiwis have lost the services of Tim Southee to ailment and injury respectively


* India: Virat Kohli (c), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, R Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav

* New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Ross Taylor, Luke Ronchi , BJ Watling, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Mark Craig, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult


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