New Zealand vs India: Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane’s unbeaten 38 and Mayank Aggarwal’s 34 off 84 balls saved grace for India after debutant Kyle Jamieson put on an impressive performance on the opening Day of the Wellington Test.
New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson had a dream debut picking up 3/38 as India shuffled to 122 for 5 on the first day of the opening Test against New Zealand on Friday. Notably, wet outfield and rain forced early Stumps as only 55 overs were bowled when play was suspended and then eventually called off.
India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane was holding the fort on 38 among a disappointing show from the other top-order batsmen as New Zealand capitalized after winning the toss and opting to bowl first in Wellington.
New Zealand began the opening Test of the series on the right note as Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bowl on a green Basin Reserve pitch under overcast conditions.
Tim Southee backed his captain’s decision with the wicket of Prithvi Shaw (16) as the India opener was undone by a peach of a delivery by the pacer in the fifth over. Test debutant Jamieson then dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara (11) and India skipper Virat Kohli (2) before lunch to leave India reeling.
Throughout the ongoing New Zealand tour, Kohli has managed to score just a single fifty across 8 innings in all 3 international formats. After three early wickets, Mayank Agarwal and Ajinkya Rahane joined hands and made sure India headed to Lunch without any further hiccups.
Just when the partnership for the fourth wicket was starting to take shape for India, Mayank (34) was dismissed by Trent Boult. Mayank tried a hook shot off Boult and was caught by Kyle Jamieson, who took a tumbling catch running in from long leg. Hanuma Vihari (7) was Jamieson’s third victim as he edged a pitched up delivery to nick behind.
Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant were out in the middle as India avoided any further dents to reach 122 for 5 at tea on Day 1. Thunderstorms followed by rain in the middle of the tea break made sure that the third session was washed out on Friday.
10:10 hrs: STUMPS AT DAY 1. A second spell of shower has washed out the final session of play in Wellington. India have reached 122 for 5. Ajinkya Rahane (38) and Rishabh Pant (10) will resume their battle against the New Zealand seamers tomorrow. it is safe to say the day has belonged to New Zealand after opted to bowl first on a green track. Debutant Kyle Jamieson was the star of the day for New Zealand, who got the wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Hanuma Vihari. The lanky fast bowler finished with 3 for 38 after New Zealand captain Kane Williamson opted to field first.
Highlights: New Zealand vs India, 1st Test, Day1
- New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bowl first.
- Kyle Jamieson made his Test debut for New Zealand.
- Rishabh Pant and Ravichandran Ashwin were named ahead of Wriddhiman Saha and Ravindra Jadeja.
- Rain shower washed out the final session of play at Wellington.