IND vs NZ 1st Test LIVE Score: Shreyas, Jadeja fifties put India on top

by 24britishtvNov. 25, 2021, 11 a.m. 18
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Welcome to Sportstar's LIVE coverage of the first Test match between India and New Zealand from the Green Park International Stadium in Kanpur.

FIFTY FOR JADEJA AND THE SWORD IS OUT! Pushed off the backfoot to mid on and he steals a single to bring up his fifty off 99 balls.

IND 250/4 in 82 overs. Big over coming up. Jamieson from the other end. Jadeja beaten in the channel area first ball with Jamieson coming over the wicket to the left-hander. FOUR! Sprayed on the pads and Jadeja swivels and flicks it fine to the boundary. 100-run partnership up for Shreyas and Jadeja off 192 balls. FOUR! Short and punched off the backfoot by Jadeja with a high elbow between cover and point and to the rope.

Southee looks threatening straightaway. Short of length and shaping away from Shreyas. He prods at it the first couple of balls before deciding to leave it on the third delivery. Fends off the next three balls which are straighter onto the stumps. Maiden over.

New Zealand takes the new ball.

IND 241/4 in 80 overs: Shreyas and Jadeja nudge the spinners around comfortably as none of them look threatening. Somerville is keeping the batters quiet while Ajaz is bowling defensive outside leg stump.

Ajaz persists with the wide outside leg line to Shreyas but doesn't seem to find the rough he is eyeing. Umpire Virendar Sharma has a chat with Williamson about the Ajaz's line. Bowls slightly straighter next ball and Shreyas defends.

Good session for India so far with 81 runs coming in 20 overs. It will be interesting to see if Williamson opts for the new ball which is due in four overs. 47 overs of spin of the 76 bowled so far in the day.

IND 233/4 in 75 overs: Great replay by Shreyas to Ajaz's negative line outside leg stump. Backs away on leg, steps out and blasts it over mid wicket for a six. 12 runs come from that over with Jadeja cutting one to deep point for four.

Ajaz continues and comes around the wicket to Shreyas and pitches it wide down leg trying to frustrate Shreyas and draw the false shot. The debutant doesn't oblige and prods his left leg in front to fend off the negative line.

IND 212/4 in 70 overs. Jadeja gets a lucky outside edge past a vacant first slip to the third man boundary. It was pitched up by Southee and outside off, inducing the drive and Jadeja obliged.

Ajaz into the attack. Shreyas skims a width outside off to the boundary at third. Five runs from that over.

FIFTY FOR SHREYAS ON DEBUT! Driven straight to mid on for a single and that's a half-century for the debutant off 94 balls with six fours in the innings so far. Southee bowls a wide line outside off and Jadeja is happy to leave. On middle stump last ball and Jadeja gets a leading edge to mid on to steal a single. Overthrows and they make it three off the last ball. 200 up for India in the 68th over.

Southee comes back into the attack. Shreyas tucks it to square leg for one and that's a fifty-run partnership for Shreyas and Jadeja off 97 balls.

IND 194/4 in 65 overs: Steady from Shreyas and Jadeja. Somerville keeps it tight from one end while Shreyas seems to be taking on Ravindra from the other end. The duo takes its partnership to 49 with Shreyas batting on 45 and Jadeja on 17 and has scored at a healthy 4.36 runs per over in this session so far.

IND 170/4 in 60 overs: Shreyas Iyer is looking in good touch, batting on 29. Somerville is keeping it tight from his end while Shreyas seems to be going after Ravindra. Still not much turn off the pitch for the spinners yet. Southee is struggling and is off the field again with Glenn Phillips replacing him.

Final session gets underway. Somerville to Jadeja. Good news for New Zealand as Southee is back on the field after walking off the pitch in the middle of his over. He seems to have suffered a hip flexor strain. Maiden over to start session three.

A mixed session for India, losing three wickets for 72 runs in 27 overs. Jamieson picked up from where he left off in the morning, taking the wicket of Gill in the first over after Lunch before knocking over skipper Rahane. Shreyas Iyer looked nervy initially on his Test debut but seems to have settled in. Quite the irony that all four wickets so far have been picked by pacers in a match where both sides have gone with three spinners.

LBW appeal against Shreyas off Somerville but turned down. Impact was umpire's call and the decision stands. It pitched outside off and Shreyas went deep into the crease looking to nudge it at mid wicket. It didn't turn enough and caught him on the pads.

Jadeja off the mark with a four! Jamieson decks it in short and Jadeja pulls it to the fine leg boundary with authority.

IND 145/4 in 50 overs: Jamieson sprays it on leg side and Rahane nicks it behind to the keeper. He reviews straight up. Flat line on Ultraedge and the captain will bat on. OUT! Chopped on! Rahane departs and Jamieson gets his third. Length outside off and Rahane looked to cut it square. It didn't bounce enough and took the inside edge and onto the stumps. Ajinkya Rahane b Kyle Jamieson 35(63b, 6x4 0x6). Jadeja joins Shreyas.

Southee walks off the field after four balls into his over. Jamieson will complete the over. It is unclear as of now what the issue is with Southee. Exquisite cover drive by Rahane all the way to the boundary to end the over. He is looking in good touch and will need a big score today.

TIME FOR DRINKS. India 122/3 in 43 overs. Rahane is looking solid against the spinners while Shreyas is looking to take risks against them early on. India needs a big partnership here as the batting doesn't run too deep with Saha coming in at the drop of another wicket.

Shreyas Iyer off the mark in Test cricket. Steps out to Ajaz and launches it over mid off; Williamson runs towards the boundary to get under it but misses the catch by a distance. Gets a couple off his eighth ball. Not a great way to get off the mark in Test cricket but runs nevertheless. FOUR! First boundary for Shreyas in Tests. Goes into his crease and leaves Patel's shortish length over mid wicket.

IND 113/3 in 40 overs: Loud LBW appeal from Southee against Rahane. Turned down and Williamson reviews. Impact outside off and Rahane survives with NZ losing the review. It jagged in from outside off and caught Rahane on the front foot that went across the stumps. FOUR! Room for Rahane outside off and punched at backward point to the boundary.

Shreyas Iyer faces his first ball in Test cricket. Plays out two dots to end Southee's over.

OUT! Pujara edges it to the keeper and India loses three. Length ball from Southee outside off and Pujara pokes to edge it to the keeper. Change in bowling works for New Zealand. Cheteshwar Pujara c Tom Blundell b Tim Southee 26(88b 2x4 0x6).

Hundred up for India in the 37th over! Skipper Rahane leans into the cover drive gracefully to take India to the three-digit mark. Ajaz Patel bowls full and Pujara takes it on the full to squeeze the gap at mid wicket for a boundary.

Pujara gets his bleeding index finger taped-up after that Jamieson bouncer that took him off guard.

IND 95/2 in 34 overs: Two fours in that Jamieson over after he bowls two consecutive maidens in the post-lunch session. Rahane gets off the mark with a glorious punch through point and cover off the backfoot. Pujara encashes on a short and wide one to slap it to the deep point boundary. Jamieson responds with a nasty bouncer that gets Pujara on his glove, leaving him with a bleeding fingernail.

Post-Lunch session gets underway. Jamieson to resume proceedings. Short ball first up and Gill gets the bottom edge on the pull. OUT! Knocked Gill over! Good length and tails in. Gill gets the inside edge onto his stumps. Shubman Gill b Kyle Jamieson 52(93b, 5x4 1x6). Skipper Rahane comes in at No. 4. Maiden wicket for Jamieson.

India will be happy after that first session. While Mayank perished to Jamieson early as the openers were tentative against the new ball moving around, Gill kept the scoreboard ticking after getting an LBW reprieve. The spinners, Ajaz Patel in particular, was impressive early on but the Indians seem to have found their way around him by the end of the session. Gill is unbeaten on 52 while Pujara is on 15. Back with live action at 12:10 PM IST.

Somerville bowls the last over before lunch. IND 82/1 at Lunch. Just one run from the over and it is time for lunch.

Fifty for Gill! Steps out to Somerville to poke it at mid wicket for a single and that's a fifty for Gill off 81 balls. His fourth of his career and second in India.

Rachin Ravindra bowls his first over in Test cricket. Some sharp turn there for him on the second ball! Pitches outside off to Gill and turns away to rattle Gill. Just one run from that over.

IND 78/1 in 25 overs: India is going at a comfortable three runs an over after getting off to a jittery start. Gill and Pujara look comfortable against the spinners. Ajaz is trying to quicken his pace but strays down leg time and again. Somerville has looked far from threatening with a defensive middle stump line.

50 partnership for Gill and Pujara. Pujara shimies down to Somerville and flicks it behind square for a single to bring up the fifty stand off 89 balls.

IND 63/1 in 20 overs: Gill punches off the backfoot through mid wicket for a four as the batters slowly come into their own against Ajaz Patel. Somerville is bowling from the other end but didn't look threatening enough for the Indians in his first over.

Somerville into the attack with his right-arm off spin. That's the fourth bowler for New Zealand today.

FIFTY UP WITH A FOUR! Gill cuts it late at backward point to find the boundary. Fifty for India in 16.5 overs.

FIRST SIX OF THE MATCH. Gill steps down to Ajaz Patel and hoicks it over long on for the first maximum of the day. Pitched up on off by Patel and Gill was on to it immediately.

DRINKS BREAK. IND 36/1 in 14 overs: Pacers are still getting some swing and are trying to draw the outside edge with a straight line. Ajaz Patel has got turn early on too and has troubled the batters on some occasions with variations in speed. Gill seems to be settling in at 16 off 37 while Pujara is at 5 off 21.

IND 24/1 in 10 overs: New Zealand, and Jamieson in particular, has been impressive. The batters have found the going tough so far with seamers getting good movement and Jamieson using his height and the good length area to full advantage. Ajaz Patel has bowled well to and was unfortunate to miss out on a wicket when Gill shimied down the track and missed. New Zealand didn't review thinking he was too far down the pitch but replays confirmed that it was hitting between middle and leg.

OUT! Mayank edges it to the keeper. Good length, slight away movement from Jamieson and Mayank prods at it to get the edge. Pujara is the new man in. Mayank Agarwal c Tom Blundell b Kyle Jamieson 13(28b 2x4 0x6)

Ajaz Patel bowls the first over of spin in the seventh over. Spin first ball and it gets Gill's outside edge. Good to see that the bounce is good as it gets Gill high on the bat. Great start from Ajaz, pinning Gill back with a tight line on stumps. Maiden over.

Gill survives after being given out. Gill survived after the umpire lifts his finger. Southee pitched it on a length and angled into Gill. Replays showed a thick inside edge and Gill survived. Jamieson keeping it full to make most of the early swing on offer and Mayank prods dangerously on and off, keeping the pacers excited. He gets the first boundary of the day with an edge outside off that drops short of first slip and runs away between the keeper and first slip.

Jamieson from the other end. Very full and very wide outside first ball. Gets a lot of swing in the air and off the surface however. Beaten! Mayank feels for a full length outside off and gets beaten for the swing. This one jags back in sharply from a very wide line outside off and Mayank leaves. A more convincing leave outside off as Mayank gets on the front foot early. Left again...this one was closer to off stump but still far enough to leave comfortably. Angles into the stumps and Mayank fends it off to end the over. Maiden.

Southee begins proceedings. Southee to Mayank and back of length on stumps first ball. Mayank defends. Three slips and a gully for Gill and Southee will look to bowl straight. Slightly outside off stump and Mayank gets a couple with a dab past point. A single at point again for Mayank. Gill taps a fuller length outside off for a dot.

Mayank and Gill make their way to the middle. Tim Southee with the red cherry and play will proceed under a cover of fog at Kanpur.

Match referee Javagal Srinath leads both sides onto the field for the national anthems. Good to see a few fans in the stands and hopefully more file in later into the day.

STAT ALERT: Umesh Yadav will be playing his 50th Test match today.

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

TOSS: Williamson calls tails and heads it is. Rahane wins the toss and India to bowl. Rahane goes with three spinners and two pacers. Rachin Ravindra makes his Test debut.

PITCH REPORT: Simon Doull reckons it will be a good batting surface. The pitch is bereft of grass and some cracks will assist spin early on. Teams would probably want to have runs on the board first up on this wicket.

UPDATE: Shreyas Iyer receives his Test cap from Sunil Gavaskar and by the looks of it, he is probably the only debutant for India today.

Five months after clinching the World Test Championship title in Southampton, New Zealand braces up for one of its most difficult assignments – a Test series in India. Given India’s remarkable run in the last 12 months and the liquidation of England in a four-Test series at home earlier this year, a Kiwi rollover seems nigh, despite the absence of some of India’s top batters.

Senior batters Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor will shoulder the batting responsibilities and stand up to R. Ashwin & Co. Tim Southee and Neil Wagner will use their nous on the bowling front to reverse swing the SG ball to good effect. But its spinners aren’t world-class – and therein lies its Achilles heel.

Taylor, now 37, will be keen to make a mark in his fourth series in India. He can tackle the spinners on spicy pitches, and the two Tests offer him the perfect opportunity to enhance his reputation as a versatile batter. He will be fresher for this test than Williamson, who could not have dreamed of a more different setting than the dust and spin of India in whites after the colours and thrills of T20 cricket.

READ | Kane Williamson: Schedule challenging, but excited to be back playing Test cricket

Opener Tom Latham is one of two other batters in the line-up with some experience of the Indian conditions. Latham struck three half-centuries in his previous tour, in 2016, including a 58 at this venue. Henry Nicholls scored a total of 25 runs in the only Test in India he has played in his career, but given his form – two centuries and two half-centuries in the last six Tests – he will bolster the middle-order.

For India, the series could provide a glimpse of its batting future. After a lengthy wait, Shreyas Iyer, the prolific run-getter for Mumbai, will finally play a Test match.

Shreyas, Shubman and Mayank Agarwal can score a bucketful of runs on these wickets and provide a good headache for the Indian selectors ahead of the tour of South Africa starting in December.

ALSO READ | Shreyas Iyer to debut in first Test against New Zealand

It is not clear whether Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas team-mate in Mumbai, will play a role in the Test series, but a Test cap to him will be long-awaited as well. Suryakumar has been knocking on the doors for a while. He is versatile and can bat at any position.

Stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane will be hungry to get back to runs. He could get only fifty in the tour of England. His prolific run in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy - 286 runs in five games - should give him confidence.

Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel are likely to be the three spinners for both Tests, but choosing the pacers will be tricky. If India does go in with reverse swing experts Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, who has performed excellently in the tours of England and Australia, may have to miss out.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell (vc), Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips (wk), Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, William Somerville, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, Will Young.

WHERE TO WATCH IND VS NZ 1ST TEST LIVE?

India vs New Zealand first Test will be aired LIVE on the Star Sports Network at 9:30 AM IST. The match will also be available for live streaming on Disney+Hotstar.

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