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IND vs NZ LIVE Score, Day 1: New pair Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal open for India as India bat first; Follow LIVE Updates
IND vs NZ LIVE Score, Day 1: New pair Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal open for India as India bat first; Follow LIVE Updates

IND vs NZ LIVE Score: Day 1 Live: India bat first in 1st Test: India will seek revenge of the World Test Championship final defeat against Kane Williamson’s New Zealand in 1st Test in Kanpur. Stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and opted to bat first at Green Park while handing debut to Shreyas Iyer. India go with three spinners and two seamers while NZ follow the template. Follow IND vs NZ 1st Test LIVE Updates on InsideSport.IN

Playing XI: India field two seamers and three spinners while Shreyas Iyer makes Test debut. New Zealand go with two seamers and two spinners besides a spin-allrounder in Rachin Ravindra.

IND vs NZ LIVE Score, Day 1: New pair Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal open as India bat first; IND 3/0; Follow LIVE Updates

IND vs NZ LIVE Score, Day 1: 1st session, 1st hour

Mayank Agarwal Not out 3 5 0 0 60.00
Shubman Gill Not out 0 1 0 0 0.00
Extra 0 (b 0, w 0, nb 0, lb 0)
Total 3/0 (1)
Yet To Bat CA Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, SS Iyer, RA Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, UT Yadav, Ishant Sharma

Tim Southee opens bowling for NZ

  • India off to steady start.

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

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

@9:00 AM: Ajinkya Rahane wins toss, India bat first in Kanpur. Shreyas Iyer makes debut. India to use three spinners and just two pacers.

Ajinkya Rahane: Looking to bat first. Pitch looks really good. Generally slows down later on here. Shreyas is making his debut. We are all excited to play under the new coaching staff. I personally enjoy playing under Rahul bhai. New Zealand are a quality side. 3 spinners, 2 seamers.

@8:50 AM: Just a reminder, India are leading the WTC points table with 54.17% percentile points. New Zealand will play their first Test series since the WTC Final while India played England away and are leading 2-1 in the unfinished series.

ICC World Test Championship (2021-2023)

@8:47 AM: Sunil Gavaskar hands over Test cap to fellow Mumbaikar Shreyas Iyer. It’s a long-awaited debut for Iyer.

@8:40 AM: Pitch report: It looks dry. The early moisture will have something for the seamers but spinners are expected to rule the roost. Cracks have already begun appearing and it will only go bigger as the days progress.

IND vs NZ LIVE Score:

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Despite of India being under-strength, World Champion New Zealand has a huge challenge at their hands – Check why?

  • New Zealand hasn’t won a test in India since 1988
  • Has never won a test series in India
  • New Zealand have won just two of the 34 tests they’ve played in India.

IND NZ Kanpur Test – How will India cope without Virat, Rohit, Rahul?  India is expected to enter the contest with confidence having beaten New Zealand 3-0 in the recently-concluded T20I series, but an injury to KL Rahul has now meant that the team will be without the services of three top-class batsmen in Rahul, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

Kohli and Rohit have been rested with an eye on their workload in recent times. In the first Test, Ajinkya Rahane will be leading the side in Kohli’s absence and with Rahul now missing, it will be all about Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara rising to the challenge in the middle-order.

Challenges for Indian Batting

  • Other than Pujara, Rahane, Mayank Agarwal – No batsman has played 10 test matches
  • Mayank & Shubman both returning from injuries & will open for India
  • Shreyas Iyer to debut but hasn’t even played longer format in domestic cricket in last 2 years
  • Rahane short of runs – short of confidence
  • Pujara hasn’t scored a big one since 2019

IND vs NZ LIVE Score:

Ind vs NZ 1st Test: India has also given rest to the likes of Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami – this means India will be on park with their regular pacers as well.

The spin department is well taken care of as Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Ravindra Jadeja are all available for selection.

Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav are expected to be the first choice pacers, looking at the experience they have and Kanpur wicket is also expected to offer some reverse swing as the game progresses on.

New Zealand Looking Strong: Coming to New Zealand, Kane Williamson will mark a return in the Test series, having taken a break from the T20Is. Pacer Trent Boult would not be available for selection, but the pace bowling department is taken care of with Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, and Neil Wagner.

Ind vs NZ 1st Test LIVE – IND NZ Kanpur Test: One needs to see how spinners Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, and Mitchell Santner perform in the series as the heavy workload will fall on their shoulders looking at how Indian pitches deteriorate as the Test progresses.

Likely Playing XI
India: 1 Mayank Agarwal, 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Ajinkya Rahane (capt), 5 Shreyas Iyer, 6 Ravindra Jadeja, 7 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 8 R Ashwin, 9 Axar Patel, 10 Ishant Sharma 11. Mohammed Siraj OR Umesh Yadav

New Zealand: 1 Tom Latham, 2 Will Young, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Henry Nicholls, 6 Tom Blundell (wk), 7 Mitchell Santner/Kyle Jamieson, 8 Tim Southee, 9 Neil Wagner, 10 Will Somerville, 11 Ajaz Patel.

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