21st February, 2020
The Indian cricket team, which hoisted the victory flag in the country and abroad, today faced New Zealand in the first Test on the fastpitch of the Basin Reserve. India's top-order batsmen could not stand on the high bouncy pitch of the Basin Reserve. On the opening day of the first Test, New Zealand bowled India's five wickets for 122 runs with the help of Kyle Jamieson's superb bowling.
The post-tea game could not take place due to heavy rain. Ajinkya Rahane was playing 38 runs in 122 balls for India. Playing his first Test, six-foot-eight-inch-long Kyle Jamieson took three wickets for 38 runs in 14 overs, including the valuable wicket of captain Virat Kohli and Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara. Indian batsmen failed miserably on the first day's damp wicket.
Jamieson threw a mixture of full length and short-pitch balls, in front of which Indian batsmen bowed easily. The technical weaknesses of India's young batsmen also opened up. New Zealand bowlers performed so disciplined that only 43 runs were scored in the second season. Rahane has scored 38 runs in 122 balls with the help of four fours. Rishabh Pant is playing after scoring 10 runs.
Mayank Agarwal scored 34 off 84 balls which was dismissed after lunch by Trent Boult in an attempt to play the pull shot. At the same time Hanuma Vihari (seven) became the third victim of Jamieson. Earlier in the morning, New Zealand captain Ken Williamson won the toss and took a good decision to bowl. Prithvi Shaw (16 runs from 18 balls), Cheteshwar Pujara (11 runs from 42 balls) and Captain Kohli (two runs from seven balls) could not stay at the crease. The young batsman saw Bolt hit the square cut with two fours but he had to bear the brunt of the weak technique.
Saudi's ball hit his pad and went to the off stump. Pujara faced the balls going out of the off-stump with great restraint. But, as a second chance, Jamieson, however, broke his restraint. A ball bouncing by Jamieson hit Pujara's bat and went to wicketkeeper BJ Watling. In the same way, he gave the biggest blow to India by sending Kohli to the pavilion. Kohli caught Ross Taylor, playing his hundredth Test, in the first slip. Rahane will have to play very responsibly on the second day tomorrow, while Pant, who is struggling with poor form, also has this golden opportunity to prove himself.
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Pant, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhom, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Darryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Aijaz Patel, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling.
Category: Sports: Cricket