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83.6 : A great day for India overall! India were off to a sedate start but lost Mayank Agarwal early. Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara steadied the ship for India for a while as both kept the scoreboard ticking where the former also got to his fourth Test fifty and were remained unscathed till Lunch. However, post Lunch, Gill was sent back and Pujara followed him soon. Both the set batters were sent packing and then it was up to Rahane and Iyer to take India to safer shores. Rahane did look good for Right then. That has been a fantastic day of cricket for India on Day 1 and they will be looking to continue the good work come Day 2, whereas, the Kiwis will be hoping to use the new cherry to break this stand between Iyer and Jadeja and then, will want to make further inroads. The action on Day 2 will begin at 9.30 am local (4 am GMT). We hope to have your company. See ya! Kyle Jamieson has a quick chat! He says that it was nice to bowl on this deck and it was good to have some swing and they hung in there for large parts but is happy with their effort. Says that he has not played in the last couple of months and it is good to play Test cricket and get into his rhythm. Hopes that the new ball swings in the morning and they have their work cut out for them. Opines that India is a fraction ahead but they have done well and a lot depends on how they perform tomorrow The New Zealand bowlers were simply exceptional in these Asian conditions. The cracks opened up soon enough but it was their pacers who managed to trouble the Indian batters, particularly Kyle Jamieson. He kept hitting probing lines and lengths and was finally rewarded with the wicket of Mayank Agarwal. That was the only wicket they got in the first session but post-Lunch, Kyle Jamieson struck straightaway for the Kiwis as he removed the set Shubman Gill and later picked the prized wicket of Aji The two teams had their say in the first session, but it was India who were slightly on top at the stroke of Lunch, then New Zealand dominated the second session and undoubtedly, the third session belonged to India. They will be very happy with what they have got on the board and the dressing room gives applause as well to Shreyas Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja who are unbeaten with a 113-run stand. The umpires have decided that the light is not good enough to continue and hence, this will be STUMPS ON DAY 1!  William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Loopy ball, on middle, nudged on the leg side.83.5 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Full again, around off. Iyer blocks it out. 83.4 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Full and on off, Iyer stays solid in defence. 83.3 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, On middle, blocked out.  The lightmeter is out from the umpire. They are checking the light right now as we near the end of play on Day 1. Looks like the umpires have asked Kane Williamson to get his spinners in and remove the seamers as they have adjudged that the light is not good enough for pace bowling. So, William Somerville is back into the attack now! 83.2 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, SIX! Iyer is batting like he has been playing this format for years. William Somerville tosses it up, on middle. Shreyas Iyer comes forward and smokes it over deep square leg for a biggie. 83.1 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Loopy ball, on middle. Iyer punches it towards the left of the bowler. 82.6 : Tim Southee to Ravindra Jadeja, Full and outside off, pushed to covers. 82.5 : Tim Southee to Shreyas Iyer, Down leg, Iyer misses his glance. The keeper fails to collect the ball cleanly and the batters take a bye. 82.4 : Tim Southee to Shreyas Iyer, JAFFA! Back of a length, outside off, nipping away. Shreyas Iyer has a poke at it but misses. He was sucked into the drive but Southee got this to leave the batter very late. That was very close to the outside edge and the off pole. 82.3 : Tim Southee to Ravindra Jadeja, FIFTY FOR JADEJA! Back of a length, on off. Ravindra Jadeja hops and punches it to mid off. He scampers across for a quick single. The fielder throws the ball to the keeper who whips the bails off but Shreyas Iyer made it in time. Jadeja gets to his fifty and brings out his sword celebration. His 17th Test fifty and a big round of applause from the dressing room. He has been very consistent for India in this format for a while now. 82.2 : Tim Southee to Ravindra Jadeja, On a good length, in the corridor of uncertainty. Jadeja dabs it to gully. 82.1 : Tim Southee to Ravindra Jadeja, Length ball, well outside off for Jadeja to offer a shot. 81.6 : Kyle Jamieson to Ravindra Jadeja, Length ball, outside off. Jadeja reaches out for it and drives it through covers. The fielder dives to his right but fails to stop. He pushes hard for the second run but settles for a single. 81.5 : Kyle Jamieson to Ravindra Jadeja, Outside off, coming back in. Jadeja leaves it untouched. 81.4 : Kyle Jamieson to Ravindra Jadeja, Length ball, on middle and leg. Jadeja tucks it to mid on. 81.3 : Kyle Jamieson to Ravindra Jadeja, FOUR! Make that two in a row! The new ball is coming on nicely to the bat. Short of a length, outside off. Ravindra Jadeja hops and punches it through covers for another boundary. Moves onto 48 now! 81.2 : Kyle Jamieson to Ravindra Jadeja, FOUR! Poor from Kyle Jamieson! Length ball, down the leg side. Ravindra Jadeja helps it on its way to fine leg for a boundary. That also brings up the 100-run partnership between Shreyas Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja. 81.1 : Kyle Jamieson to Ravindra Jadeja, On a nagging length, outside off. Ravindra Jadeja comes forward and has a poke but gets beaten all ends up. 80.5 : Change in bowling. As expected, Kyle Jamieson returns into the action. 14.2-6-38-3 are his numbers so far! 80.6 : Tim Southee to Shreyas Iyer, Short of a length, on off. Iyer covers the line and defends it on the leg side. A maiden from Tim Southee with the new cherry. 80.5 : Tim Southee to Shreyas Iyer, Length ball, outside off. Iyer leaves it alone. 80.4 : Tim Southee to Shreyas Iyer, On a good length, around off. Iyer defends it back to the bowler. 80.3 : Tim Southee to Shreyas Iyer, Length ball, well outside off. Iyer shoulders arms to that one. 80.2 : Tim Southee to Shreyas Iyer, Beauty! There’s the swing! Length ball, outside off, nipping away. Shreyas Iyer goes feeling for it but gets beaten on the outside edge. 0.0 : The Kiwis now have the option of taking the second new ball. Will they take it straightaway? Yes, Kane Williamson goes for it. Tim Southee (14.4-2-42-1) comes back on now. 80.1 : Tim Southee to Shreyas Iyer, Swing straightaway! Good-length ball, around off, shaping away. Shreyas Iyer taps it towards point. 79.6 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Quicker ball, on off. Jadeja defends watchfully.79.5 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Full and on middle, flicked to mid-wicket for a single. 79.4 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, On middle, drilled to long on for one. Ravindra Jadeja moves onto 40 now!79.3 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Outside off, pushed to extra cover. 79.2 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Loopy ball, full and on middle. Jadeja does well to defend it out. 79.1 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Full and on off, Jadeja pushes it towards covers. 78.6 : Ajaz Patel to Shreyas Iyer, On the pads, Iyer looks to tuck it away but misses and gets hit high on the pads. 78.5 : Ajaz Patel to Ravindra Jadeja, Short and turning back in, Jadeja cuts to sweeper cover for a single. 78.4 : Ajaz Patel to Ravindra Jadeja, Drops it short, on off, cut to covers. 78.3 : Ajaz Patel to Ravindra Jadeja, Loopy ball, outside off. Jadeja gets a massive stride and then pads it away. 78.2 : Ajaz Patel to Ravindra Jadeja, Loopy ball, outside off. Jadeja lunges forward and defends it towards point. 78.1 : Ajaz Patel to Shreyas Iyer, Flatter ball, on leg. Iyer turns it to square leg for a single. 77.6 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Full and on middle, patted back to the bowler. 77.5 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, On the pads, Iyer nudges it to mid-wicket for a run. 77.4 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Floats it up again, outside off. Jadeja pushes it to sweeper cover for one. 76.5 : Virender Sharma have a quick word with Kane Williamson regarding the line Ajaz Patel has been bowling. The bowler is being told about the same as well. Kane Williamson and Ajaz Patel discuss the same too. 77.3 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, On middle, defended out. 77.2 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Loopy ball, on middle. Jadeja blocks it out. 77.1 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Floats it up, full, on off. Jadeja pushes it back to the bowler. 76.2 : Ajaz Patel to Shreyas Iyer, On leg and middle now, Iyer has to come ahead and keep it out. 76.6 : Ajaz Patel to Shreyas Iyer, Fuller, around leg, pushed back to the bowler. 76.5 : Ajaz Patel to Shreyas Iyer, Goes very full and down leg yet again, Shreyas Iyer watches it go past him to the keeper. 76.4 : Ajaz Patel to Shreyas Iyer, Way too wide, down the leg side, SI again makes a leave. Could have been called a wide but the umpire says nothing. 76.3 : Ajaz Patel to Shreyas Iyer, Ajaz Patel goes back to serving deliveries down the leg side, Iyer leaves it. 76.1 : Ajaz Patel to Shreyas Iyer, Patel does nothing different. Goes fuller and way down leg, Iyer shows no interest in playing at this. 75.6 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Fuller on off, Ravindra fends it out. 75.5 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Loopy, on the pads, easily flicked to deep mid-wicket for one. 75.4 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Shortish this time, space offered outside off, Jadeja punches this to covers and hands the strike to Iyer. 75.3 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Darted around off and middle, Ravindra Jadeja presses ahead again to smother the ball out. 75.2 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Tossed up, around off now, Jadeja gets ahead and pushes it to covers. 75.1 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Flatter, on off, defended out. 74.6 : Ajaz Patel to Shreyas Iyer, SIX! He takes it on this time and reaps the reward! Again, Ajaz Patel sticks with the fuller and down the leg side plan, Shreyas Iyer dances down and hammers this one over mid-wicket. Goes well over the fence. 12 off this over, a good one for the hosts! 74.5 : Ajaz Patel to Shreyas Iyer, Better from Iyer. Down the leg side, left alone. 74.4 : Ajaz Patel to Shreyas Iyer, Fuller and down the leg side again, Shreyas Iyer skips down the track and hoicks this one awkwardly towards mid on. The ball stays low, but in the air and finds the fielder there on the bounce. 74.3 : Ajaz Patel to Ravindra Jadeja, Punched through mid off for a quick single. 74.2 : Ajaz Patel to Ravindra Jadeja, FOUR! That is too easy for Ravindra Jadeja! Too much time and space for Jadeja as this was bowled flatter and wider outside off, Ravindra Jadeja goes back and spanks this one through covers. Boundary. 74.1 : Ajaz Patel to Shreyas Iyer, Full and down leg, SI comes down and nurdles this through square leg for one. 73.6 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Quicker and on the pads, Jadeja nudges this to the leg side. 73.5 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Flatter, around off, stays a touch low as RJ adjusts quickly and taps this to the off side. 73.4 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Cheeky from Iyer this time! William Somerville bowls this fuller and on middle, Iyer shuffles and paddle scoops this one the short fine leg region. Ross Taylor chases after this and just about pulls the ball back. Three taken. The TV umpire has a look just to make sure and the save is a clean one. 0.0 : William Somerville (19-2-44-0) is back on. 73.3 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Slower slightly, short and on middle, hit through mid on for one. 73.2 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Full, outside off, pushed to point. 73.1 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Ravindra Jadeja has just watchfully blocked this out.72.6 : Ajaz Patel to Shreyas Iyer, Down the leg side again, Iyer just pads this one away. 72.5 : Ajaz Patel to Ravindra Jadeja, A full toss, outside off, worked through covers for one. 72.4 : Ajaz Patel to Ravindra Jadeja, Short and outside off, punched to covers. 72.3 : Ajaz Patel to Shreyas Iyer, Full and wide down the leg side, SI skips down and works this through square leg for a single. 72.2 : Ajaz Patel to Shreyas Iyer, Down the leg side, left alone by Iyer. 0.0 : DRINKS! Shreyas Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja have done really well to take India to safer shores. Both the batters have batted brilliantly and the former also got to his maiden Test fifty. They will look to continue and bat the remaining overs without any fuss. New Zealand bowlers were toiled hard post Tea and will look to break this partnership which is building quite nicely. 72.1 : Ajaz Patel to Shreyas Iyer, Sprays this one down the leg side, Iyer lets it go.  Tom Blundell was standing almost 3-4 stumps down leg side and collects the ball. 71.6 : Tim Southee to Ravindra Jadeja, Good-length ball around off, Jadeja steps forward and blocks this to covers. 71.5 : Tim Southee to Ravindra Jadeja, Ravindra Jadeja shoulders arms to let that one through.71.4 : Tim Southee to Ravindra Jadeja, Ravindra Jadeja leaves this alone as this was bowled well outside off. 71.3 : Tim Southee to Ravindra Jadeja, A touch fuller, outside off, Jadeja guides this through point this time and a couple of runs are taken. 71.2 : Tim Southee to Ravindra Jadeja, Outside off, on a length, Jadeja punches but finds the cover fielder. 71.1 : Tim Southee to Ravindra Jadeja, In the zone outside off, left alone by RJ. 70.6 : Ajaz Patel to Shreyas Iyer, Hits the footmarks but does not turn enough, Iyer lets it go. 70.5 : Ajaz Patel to Shreyas Iyer, Down the leg side again, Iyer pads it away again. The plan is clear from Ajaz Patel. He is targetting the footmarks to get some spin. 70.4 : Ajaz Patel to Shreyas Iyer, Sprays this one down the leg side, Iyer pads it away. 70.3 : Ajaz Patel to Ravindra Jadeja, Loopy ball, on middle and leg. Jadeja knocks it down to long on for a single. 70.2 : Ajaz Patel to Ravindra Jadeja, On off, blocked out. 70.1 : Ajaz Patel to Ravindra Jadeja, Full and outside off, Jadeja lunges and puts his pad in front to defend. 69.6 : Tim Southee to Shreyas Iyer, Length ball, outside off, tails back in. Shreyas Iyer looks for a drive but mistimes it back onto the deck. Little bit of reverse swing there for Tim Southee.69.5 : Tim Southee to Ravindra Jadeja, On the pads, Jadeja clips it down to fine leg for a single. 69.4 : Tim Southee to Ravindra Jadeja, FOUR! Jadeja was leaving all the deliveries that were bowled outside off, this time he is tempted for a drive but gets an outside edge. Southee bowls it full, outside off. Jadeja leans and goes for the drive. The ball goes off the outside edge and flies past the vacant slip cordon for a boundary. 69.3 : Tim Southee to Ravindra Jadeja, Length ball, outside off. Jadeja leaves it alone. 69.2 : Tim Southee to Ravindra Jadeja, Full again, on middle. Jadeja clips it to mid-wicket. 69.1 : Tim Southee to Ravindra Jadeja,  Fuller in length, outside off. Jadeja pushes it towards covers. 68.6 : Ajaz Patel to Shreyas Iyer, Loopy ball, on middle. Iyer blocks it out. 68.5 : Ajaz Patel to Shreyas Iyer, Flatter ball, around off. Iyer again looks to dab it towards third man but gets an under edge back to the keeper. 68.4 : Ajaz Patel to Shreyas Iyer, Quicker one, outside off. Iyer leaves it alone. 68.3 : Ajaz Patel to Shreyas Iyer, FOUR! Deft touch! Short and outside off, Iyer dabs it towards third man off the back foot for a boundary. 68.2 : Ajaz Patel to Ravindra Jadeja, Jadeja clips this one through square leg for one. 68.1 : Ajaz Patel to Ravindra Jadeja, Loopy ball, outside off, turns back in sharply. Jadeja pads it away. Ajaz Patel appeals for an lbw but the umpire is not interested. 67.6 : Tim Southee to Ravindra Jadeja, On middle, Jadeja looks to flick but gets a leading egde to mid on. He scampers across to the other end. The fielder has a shy at the bowler’s end but misses. There is no one backing up and the batters run two more off overthrows. 67.5 : Tim Southee to Ravindra Jadeja, Outside off, Jadeja is not bothered to play and ignores that one. 67.4 : Tim Southee to Ravindra Jadeja, And again! The length is similar, outside off. Jadeja yet again, leaves it alone. 67.3 : Tim Southee to Ravindra Jadeja, Length ball, outside off. Jadeja lets it sail through. 67.2 : Tim Southee to Ravindra Jadeja, Good-length ball, outside off, the ball stays a little low. Jadeja lets it go. 67.1 : Tim Southee to Shreyas Iyer, Maiden Test fifty for Shreyas Iyer and on debut too! This was full from Southee, on middle. Iyer pushes it to mid on and gets to the other end. He raises his bat and is duly applauded by his teammates and the coaching staff.66.6 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Full and on middle, Jadeja watchfully blocks it out. 66.5 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, On the pads, Iyer tucks it behind square on the leg side for a single. 66.4 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Floats it up, outside off. Iyer taps it back to the bowler. 66.3 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Tossed it up, on off. Iyer blocks it from the crease. 66.2 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Outside off, Iyer cuts it past point. He calls for the second run and gets it comfortably. Moves onto 48 now. 66.1 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Loopy ball, around off. Iyer defends it off the front foot. 65.6 : Tim Southee to Ravindra Jadeja, Similar length, outside off. Jadeja leaves it for the keeper to collect. 65.5 : Tim Southee to Ravindra Jadeja, Full and outside off again, left alone by Jadeja again. 65.4 : Tim Southee to Ravindra Jadeja, Outside off, left alone by Jadeja. 65.3 : Tim Southee to Shreyas Iyer, On middle and leg, flicked to deep square leg for a single. 50-run partnership between Shreyas Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja with that single. 65.2 : Tim Southee to Shreyas Iyer, Fuller in length, outside off, nipping in. Shreyas Iyer looks to drive but mistimes it to mid off. 0.0 : Change. Well, well, quite an interesting change then. Tim Southee who has been slightly struggling with some injury is brought back into the attack. 65.1 : Tim Southee to Shreyas Iyer, Length ball, on middle. Iyer tickles it to square leg. 64.6 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Loopy ball, on off. Jadeja lunges forward and defends. 64.5 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Full, outside off. Iyer steers it to point for a single. 64.4 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Tosses it up, around off. Jadeja camps back and cuts it through point for one. 64.3 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Flatter and on off, punched off the back foot on the off side. 64.2 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Loopy ball, on middle. Jadeja knocks it back to the bowler. 64.1 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Full, on middle. Ravindra Jadeja pushes it to mid on. 63.6 : Rachin Ravindra to Ravindra Jadeja, Another run as this is flicked through square leg. 10 off this one! 63.5 : Rachin Ravindra to Shreyas Iyer, Darted on middle, worked wide of mid-wicket for one. 63.4 : Rachin Ravindra to Shreyas Iyer, FOUR! Another one. Iyer moves to 43 and is closing in on his maiden Test fifty! Fuller, tossed up, around off, Shreyas Iyer steps out and lofts this one over covers and bags a boundary. 63.3 : Rachin Ravindra to Shreyas Iyer, FOUR! Iyer continues to march on. Rachin Ravindra serves this a touch shorter, around off too, Shreyas Iyer moves to the leg side, exposes all his stumps, and then cuts this one late past the backward point fielder for a boundary. 63.2 : Rachin Ravindra to Shreyas Iyer, On off, kept out. 63.1 : Rachin Ravindra to Shreyas Iyer, On middle and leg, SI makes room and pushes this to covers. 62.6 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Drifted onto the pad, Shreyas Iyer glances this behind square leg and takes one. 62.5 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Around off, Iyer presses ahead and gently dabs the ball down on the deck. 62.4 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Flatter, on off, hit to the mid off fielder. 62.3 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, A single now as Ravindra Jadeja milks this through mid on. 62.2 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Tossed up, fuller around off, Ravindra Jadeja lunges forward looking to defend but seems to have missed it and gets hit on the pad. An appeal but easily turned down by the umpire. 61.6 : Tim Southee is back on the field again. Hope he is fit enough to continue. 62.1 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Shorter, outside off, Shreyas Iyer goes back and guides this through backward point for three runs. Good placement from Iyer. 61.6 : Rachin Ravindra to Ravindra Jadeja, Flighted, around off, it lands and turns in, RJ goes back and nudges this to the leg side. 61.5 : Rachin Ravindra to Ravindra Jadeja, Fuller, around off, defended out. 61.4 : Rachin Ravindra to Ravindra Jadeja, On middle, played gently to the leg side. 61.3 : Rachin Ravindra to Shreyas Iyer, On middle and leg, Shreyas Iyer makes room and forces this one through mid on to rotate the strike. 61.2 : Rachin Ravindra to Shreyas Iyer, A carbon copy of the previous delivery. 61.1 : Rachin Ravindra to Shreyas Iyer, Tossed up, around off, solidly defended. 60.6 : Tim Southee is going off the field again. Glenn Phillips is taking his place as a substitute.  William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, FOUR! Well played. Flatter, outside off, Ravindra Jadeja goes back and slaps this one through backward point. Kyle Jamieson is sprinting behind this one but he is not able to stop it. Boundary. 60.5 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Full on middle, worked through square leg for one. 60.4 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, That is defended solidly off the front foot.60.3 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, On middle, kept out. 60.2 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, William Somerville angles across a fuller delivery, angling down on middle and leg, Jadeja looks to defend but misses and gets hit on the pad. An appeal but turned down. They think about the review but it looked to be sliding down leg and hence, they opt against it. A leg bye is taken meanwhile. 60.1 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Darted on middle, hit to the mid on fielder. 59.6 : Rachin Ravindra to Shreyas Iyer, Very full on middle, Iyer digs this one out back to Rachin Ravindra. 59.5 : Rachin Ravindra to Ravindra Jadeja, Quicker and shorter on middle, played through mid-wicket for one. 59.4 : Rachin Ravindra to Shreyas Iyer, Pushed to covers for a quick single. 59.3 : Rachin Ravindra to Shreyas Iyer, FOUR! Not how he would have wanted to play that but he won’t care as it is a boundary. Loopy, fuller, around off, Shreyas Iyer steps out and looks to heave it away but only manages to do so via the inner half of the blade. The ball still runs away to the ropes at deep mid-wicket. 59.2 : Rachin Ravindra to Shreyas Iyer, Loopy, fuller, outside off, it lands and spins away, Shreyas Iyer watches it closely and makes a leave. 59.1 : Rachin Ravindra to Ravindra Jadeja, Around off, loopy too, easily knocked down to long on for a run. 58.6 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, On middle, nudged to the leg side. 58.5 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Now, Shreyas Iyer goes deep in his crease and smothers the ball to the off side. 58.4 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Tosses this one up, lands it around off, Shreyas Iyer presses forward and blocks. 58.3 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Tossed up, around off, played to the man at mid on. 58.2 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Quicker and fuller on middle, Iyer goes back and taps this down. 58.1 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Fuller, around middle, played down towards long on for one. 57.6 : Rachin Ravindra to Shreyas Iyer, Shreyas Iyer stays back and defends this with an angled bat. 8 off this over! 57.5 : Rachin Ravindra to Shreyas Iyer, Pushed to covers by SI this time. 57.4 : Rachin Ravindra to Shreyas Iyer, On off, kept out. 57.3 : Rachin Ravindra to Ravindra Jadeja, A single now as this is played through mid on. 57.2 : Rachin Ravindra to Shreyas Iyer, Outside the off pole, floated, Shreyas Iyer waits and then dabs it late through short third man. Three taken by the time William Somerville can chase the ball down and stop it. 57.1 : Rachin Ravindra to Shreyas Iyer, FOUR! That is placed wonderfully by Iyer. The gap was very nicely found. Fuller, floated too, outside off, Shreyas Iyer thumps this one through the gap at covers and the ball speeds away to the ropes. 56.6 : Rachin Ravindra to bowl from the opposite end. William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Maiden! On off, defended out. 56.5 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Outside off, Jadeja’s punch again finds the cover fielder. 56.4 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Angled around the off pole, worked to the off side. 56.3 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Floated, outside off, pushed to covers. 56.2 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Darted on the pad, Ravindra looks to defend but misses and gets hit on the pad. 0.0 : We are back for the final session of the day! New Zealand players stride out to the middle. Ravindra Jadeja and Shreyas Iyer make their way to the middle now. William Somerville will start with the ball. 56.1 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Flatter and outside off, punched to covers. 55.6 : …DAY 1, SESSION 3… Rachin Ravindra to Shreyas Iyer, Tosses it up, on off. Iyer adjusts well and defends it firmly. THAT WILL BE TEA ON DAY 1.  New Zealand will be beaming looking at how this session has gone by. Since this is a comparatively inexperienced Indian side, they have removed the spine of this Indian batting, which would be Gill, Pujara, and Rahane. It has been the Kyle Jamieson show for them since the first session as the tall lad has made the ball swing both ways and also took the wickets of both Gill and Rahane in this session. Southee too removed Pujara but was in some discomfort and his injury might be a concern. Their If the first session belonged largely to India, then, this one certainly would be under the name of New Zealand. They have done extremely well to cut through India’s batting lineup, getting rid of three Indian batters and not letting the hosts score runs easily. Right after the Lunch break, India lost Gill, who was looking good out in the middle. Not long after this, Pujara too made his way back to the shed as Southee hunted him down. Rahane and Iyer looked set to take India to safer shores, unt55.5 : Rachin Ravindra to Shreyas Iyer, Loopy ball, around off. Iyer stays solid in his defence. 55.4 : Rachin Ravindra to Shreyas Iyer, Full and on off, blocked to the off side. 55.3 : Rachin Ravindra to Shreyas Iyer, Floats it up, full and on off. Iyer steps out and drives it to mid off. 55.2 : Rachin Ravindra to Shreyas Iyer, Quicker ball, on middle. Iyer prods and defends. 55.1 : Rachin Ravindra to Shreyas Iyer, Flatter ball, on middle. Iyer blocks it out.54.6 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Tosses it up, on off. Iyer uses his feet to drag it down to long on for a single. 54.5 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Very full, around off. Jadeja knocks it softly towards mid off. Kane Williamson there fumbles to collect the ball and that allows the batters to take a single. 54.4 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Full and on middle, Iyer prods and wrists it uppishly towards short mid-wicket. The ball sneaks through towards deep mid-wicket for a single. 54.3 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Loopy ball, on middle. Blocked out. 54.2 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Touch short, outside off. Jadeja rocks back and cuts it past point for one. 54.1 : William Somerville to Ravindra Jadeja, Full and quicker, aeound off. Jadeja manages to get a thick inside edge onto the pads. 53.6 : Kyle Jamieson to Shreyas Iyer, Short ball, outside off. Shreyas Iyer looks to pull but the ball does not come onto the bat. It goes off the toe end of the bat back to the keeper. Iyer has a wry smile about this. 53.5 : Kyle Jamieson to Shreyas Iyer, Fuller this time, on off. Iyer drives it but finds the fielder at extra cover. 53.4 : Kyle Jamieson to Shreyas Iyer, Good-length ball, on off. Iyer hops and punches it towards covers.53.3 : Kyle Jamieson to Shreyas Iyer, Length ball, outside off. Iyer taps it towards covers. 53.2 : Kyle Jamieson to Shreyas Iyer, Good-length ball, on middle. Iyer defends it down to the pitch. 53.1 : Kyle Jamieson to Shreyas Iyer, Full, around off. Iyer punches this one to mid off. 52.3 : Review time! Kane Williamson goes for the review, to check if this could be LBW. First, they check UltraEdge and there is no bat involved. Ball Tracker shows that the impact and the wickets were umpire’s call. Iyer can continue on as the Kiwis retain their review. 52.6 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Full and on off, Iyer drags it down to long on for one. 52.5 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, NOT OUT! Around off, slightly shorter, Iyer looks to defend off the back foot but misses. William Somerville appeals for an LBW but the umpire is not interested. The Kiwi camp gather around and discuss among themselves and then Kane Williamson opts for a review. UltraEdge shows no bat involved. Ball Tracking shows that the impact and the wickets hitting were umpire’s call. New Zealand retain their review though. 52.4 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Full and quicker, on off. Iyer pushes it back to the bowler. 52.3 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, On off, Iyer stays solid in his defence. 52.2 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Tosses it up, on off. Iyer watchfully defends it out. 52.1 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Loopy ball, on middle. Iyer defends it out off the back foot. 51.6 : Kyle Jamieson to Ravindra Jadeja, Pitched up, on off. Jadeja stays solid in defence. 51.5 : Kyle Jamieson to Ravindra Jadeja, A touch fuller, outside off. Jadeja leaves it alone. 51.4 : Kyle Jamieson to Ravindra Jadeja, Back of a length, on middle. Jadeja nudges it to mid-wicket. 51.3 : Kyle Jamieson to Ravindra Jadeja, On a good length, on off. Jadeja defends it from the crease. 51.2 : Kyle Jamieson to Ravindra Jadeja, FOUR! Jadeja opens his account in style! Kyle Jamieson bangs this one short, on leg. Ravindra Jadeja swivels and pulls it to fine leg for a boundary. 51.1 : Kyle Jamieson to Ravindra Jadeja, Fuller, outside off. Ravindra Jadeja leans and pushes it to covers. 50.6 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Drifting in around off, Iyer gets across and defends. Two maidens in a row for New Zealand.50.5 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Quicker one around off, Iyer blocks it out. 50.4 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Tosses it up, outside off. Iyer drives it to extra cover. 50.3 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Loopy ball, going down leg. Shreyas Iyer looks to flick but misses.50.2 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Fuller and wider, pushed to point. 50.1 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Flatter ball, on middle. Iyer defends it off the back foot. 49.6 : Kyle Jamieson to Ravindra Jadeja, Good-length ball, around off. Jadeja looks to defend but gets an outside edge to point.  A wicket maiden for Kyle Jamieson.49.5 : Kyle Jamieson to Ravindra Jadeja, Back of a length, outside off. Jadeja thinks about going for a cut but eventually offers no shot. 49.4 : Kyle Jamieson to Ravindra Jadeja, Good-length ball, on off. Jadeja leaves it alone. 0.0 : Ravindra Jadeja strides out into the middle. 49.3 : Kyle Jamieson to Ravindra Jadeja, Fuller in length, on off. Ravindra Jadeja pushes it back to the bowler. 49.2 : Kyle Jamieson to Ajinkya Rahane, OUT! DRAGGED ON! Well, Ajinkya Rahane doesn’t survive for too long. Kyle Jamieson has the last laugh. He has been phenomenal throughout and bags his third wicket now. Good-length delivery, outside off. Ajinkya Rahane tries to cut it off the back foot but is undone by the lack of bounce perhaps. He only manages to get an inside edge and the ball goes on to shatter the stumps. Kyle Jamieson breaks the partnership that was looking good and more important, gets49.1 : Kyle Jamieson to Ajinkya Rahane, NOT OUT! Jamieson bowls a good-length ball spraying down the leg side, Rahane looks to flick but misses. The ball carries through to the keeper and Kyle Jamieson pleads for caught behind and the umpire agrees. Ajinkya Rahane straightaway goes for a review. UltraEdge shows that there was no bat involved and Ajinkya Rahane survives. 48.6 : Review time! Ajinkya Rahane has been given out for caught behind but he goes upstairs straightaway. UltraEdge shows that there is a flatline as the ball passes the bat and hence, the on-field decision has been overturned.  William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Floats it up, outside off, tapped to point.48.5 : William Somerville to Ajinkya Rahane, Full again, on middle. Ajinkya Rahane drills it down to long on for a single. 48.4 : William Somerville to Ajinkya Rahane, Flatter and on middle, Rahane blocks it out. 48.3 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Outside off, dabbed towards third man for a single. 48.2 : William Somerville to Ajinkya Rahane, Full and on middle, pushed to mid on for one. 48.1 : William Somerville to Ajinkya Rahane, FOUR! Wonderful shot! Loopy ball, outside off, nothing wrong about the delivery. Ajinkya Rahane just makes room for himself and cuts it through covers to fetch himself a boundary. 47.6 : Kyle Jamieson to Shreyas Iyer, Full, on off. Iyer drives it back to the bowler. 47.5 : Kyle Jamieson to Ajinkya Rahane, On a good length, outside off. Rahane taps it to point and scampers across to the other end. 47.4 : Kyle Jamieson to Shreyas Iyer, Short of a length, outside off. Iyer punches it through cover-point for a run. 47.3 : Kyle Jamieson to Shreyas Iyer, FOUR! That will give him much more confidence! Length ball, on middle and leg. Shreyas Iyer uses the pace of the ball and flicks it towards deep square leg for a boundary. 47.2 : Kyle Jamieson to Shreyas Iyer, Fuller this time, on middle. Iyer prods and drives it to mid on. 47.1 : Kyle Jamieson to Shreyas Iyer, On a good length, on off. Iyer covers the line and defends it with ease. 0.0 : Tim Southee has picked something on his last delivery and he looks like he is in discomfort. He is going off the field. Kyle Jamieson to complete the over. 46.6 : William Somerville to Ajinkya Rahane, Flatter ball, on middle. Rahane stays on the back foot and blocks. 46.5 : William Somerville to Ajinkya Rahane, Loopy ball, outside off. Rahane drives it to point. 46.4 : William Somerville to Ajinkya Rahane, Flatter and fuller, on off. Rahane defends it out. 46.3 : William Somerville to Ajinkya Rahane, Gets to the pitch of the ball by using his feet and blocks it out. 46.2 : William Somerville to Ajinkya Rahane, Quicker on middle, Rahane camps back and blocks.46.1 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Shorter and spinning into the pads, Iyer tucks it behind square on the leg side for one. 45.6 : Kyle Jamieson to Ajinkya Rahane, FOUR! Rahane at his best! This has to be the shot of the day so far! Kyle Jamieson overpitches this one, outside off. Ajinkya Rahane leans onto it and drives it through covers. No force, just pure timing on that one and the ball races away to the fence. 45.5 : Kyle Jamieson to Ajinkya Rahane, Very full, on off. Ajinkya Rahane pushes it to the off side. 45.4 : Tim Southee to Ajinkya Rahane, On off, Rahane knocks it down onto the pitch.45.3 : Tim Southee to Ajinkya Rahane, Good-length ball, around off. Rahane is solid in his defence. 45.2 : Tim Southee to Ajinkya Rahane, Fuller in length, on off. Rahane covers the line and drives it back to the bowler.45.1 : Tim Southee to Ajinkya Rahane, On a length, on middle. Rahane defends it on the leg side.44.6 : William Somerville to Ajinkya Rahane, Full, angling onto middle and leg. Rahane works it to long on for one. 44.5 : William Somerville to Ajinkya Rahane, Tosses it up, outside off. Rahane presses forward and blocks it out. 44.4 : William Somerville to Ajinkya Rahane, Flatter ball, on off. Rahane defends it out. 44.3 : William Somerville to Ajinkya Rahane, On middle, Rahane steps out and defends it back to the bowler. 44.2 : William Somerville to Ajinkya Rahane, FOUR! Nicely played! Tosses it up, on off. Ajinkya Rahane steps out and caresses the drive through covers. Kane Williamson chases the ball but couldn’t prevent it from touching the ropes. A boundary! 44.1 : William Somerville to Ajinkya Rahane, That one stayed low! Quicker through the air, outside off. Ajinkya Rahane looks to cut but misses. 43.6 : Tim Southee to Shreyas Iyer, Length ball, around off, angling in. Shreyas Iyer leaves it alone. A maiden from Tim Southee! 43.5 : Tim Southee to Shreyas Iyer, On off, Iyer blocks it solidly on the off side. 43.4 : Tim Southee to Shreyas Iyer, Fuller this time, on off, nipping back in. Iyer drives it firmly to mid off. 43.3 : Tim Southee to Shreyas Iyer, Outside off, Iyer is not troubled by that line as he makes a leave. 43.2 : Tim Southee to Shreyas Iyer, On a length, on off. Iyer taps it to point. Tim Southee is getting a hint of reverse swing. 43.1 : Tim Southee to Shreyas Iyer, Good-length ball, outside off. Shreyas Iyer lets it sail through. 42.6 : DRINKS! New Zealand came out with an intent post Lunch and they have managed to get two wickets in quick succession. The bowlers will look to get another wicket before Tea and dictate terms from there on while Ajinkya Rahane and Shreyas Iyer will look to steady the ship for India. William Somerville to Ajinkya Rahane, Fuller on off and middle, defended out. 42.5 : William Somerville to Ajinkya Rahane, Slower through the air now, outside off, gently played to the off side. 42.4 : William Somerville to Ajinkya Rahane, Around off, Rahane blocks. 0.0 : William Somerville (6-0-9-0) is back into the attack. 42.3 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Floated, on middle, nudged to the leg side. One taken. 42.2 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Tossed up, around off, kept out. 42.1 : William Somerville to Shreyas Iyer, Floated, on off, SI defends it out. 41.6 : Tim Southee to Ajinkya Rahane, On a length around off, pushed to covers. 41.5 : Tim Southee to Ajinkya Rahane, An inswinger around off, Rahane though keeps it out well and yells a loud ‘NO!’. 41.4 : Tim Southee to Ajinkya Rahane, Outside off on a length, Ajinkya Rahane leaves it untouched. 41.3 : Tim Southee to Ajinkya Rahane, On off, pushed back to the bowler. 41.2 : Tim Southee to Ajinkya Rahane, Angled into the middle and leg pole, glanced through square leg for a couple. 41.1 : Tim Southee to Ajinkya Rahane, Outside off, dabbed to the slip cordon by AR, and it goes to the fielder on the bounce. 40.6 : Ajaz Patel to Shreyas Iyer, FOUR! First boundary for Shreyas Iyer in his Test career! Ajaz Patel drops this one short and around off, Shreyas Iyer has enough time to rock back and whack this one over mid-wicket. A couple of bounces and it goes past the ropes. 40.5 : Ajaz Patel to Shreyas Iyer, On middle, kept out. 40.4 : Ajaz Patel to Shreyas Iyer, That is defended solidly off the front foot.40.3 : Ajaz Patel to Shreyas Iyer, Shreyas Iyer gets off the mark in a scary manner! Do not think he would have been too happy if that had been taken by Kane Williamson. Fuller, around off, Shreyas Iyer slams this one high in the air, over the mid off region. Williamson chases after this but the ball lands safe. Two taken. 40.2 : Ajaz Patel to Shreyas Iyer, On middle and leg, Iyer glances this to the leg side. 40.1 : Ajaz Patel to Shreyas Iyer, Slower through the air, fuller outside off, Shreyas Iyer prods forward and looks to defend but the ball spins past his outside edge to the keeper. 39.6 : Tim Southee to Ajinkya Rahane, On off, blocked. 39.5 : Tim Southee to Ajinkya Rahane, FOUR! Ajinkya Rahane frees his arms on this occasion. On a length, wider outside off, Ajinkya Rahane goes deep in his crease and pumps this one through covers. The ball rockets away to the ropes. 39.3 : Kane Williamson opts for a review for LBW. UltraEdge shows that it is pad first. Ball Tracking shows that the impact is outside off. The on-field decison will stay and New Zealand lose their review. 39.4 : Tim Southee to Ajinkya Rahane, Ajinkya Rahane has just watchfully blocked this out.39.3 : Tim Southee to Ajinkya Rahane, NOT OUT! The Kiwis lose a review now. Around off on a length, the nip-backer this time, it lands and comes in, Rahane looks to defend this one out but seems to have got an inside edge onto his pad. An appeal but the umpire says no. There is a discussion in the Kiwi camp and with one second remaining, they go for the review. UltraEdge shows that it was pad first, but Ball Tracker confirms that the impact was outside off and hence, it will remain not out. 39.2 : Tim Southee to Ajinkya Rahane, The batsman has just blocked that from his crease.39.1 : Tim Southee to Ajinkya Rahane, Fuller outside off, pushed to covers. 38.6 : Ajaz Patel to Shreyas Iyer, On middle, pushed back to the bowler. 38.5 : Ajaz Patel to Shreyas Iyer, Tossed up, outside off, some grip off the deck, Iyer waits and then dabs it to the point fielder. 38.4 : Ajaz Patel to Shreyas Iyer, On middle, kept out. 38.3 : Ajaz Patel to Ajinkya Rahane, Outside off, fuller, tossed up, Ajinkya Rahane punches this through point this time. The fielder in the deep runs to his left and dives to stop the ball. Three taken. 38.2 : Ajaz Patel to Ajinkya Rahane, Ajinkya Rahane has just blocked that from his crease.38.1 : Ajaz Patel to Ajinkya Rahane, Floated, around off, Ajinkya Rahane gets ahead looking to defend and gets an inside edge onto his pad. An appeal but there was clearly bat there. 37.6 : Tim Southee to Shreyas Iyer, On a length, on off, Iyer taps this to the leg side. Tim Southee delivers for the Kiwis in this over! 37.5 : Tim Southee to Shreyas Iyer, This is bowled down the leg side, Iyer looks to flick but does not connect. 37.4 : The debutant, Shreyas Iyer is the new batsman in.  Tim Southee to Cheteshwar Pujara, OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Another wicket falls down and India lose their third. The outswinger has been a delivery that has troubled him in the past and the same delivery proves to be his undoing here. A good start by Pujara but his good work has been cut short. Tim Southee hurls across a good-length delivery, around the fourth stump channel now, the ball lands and shapes away a touch. Cheteshwar Pujara is tempted to put bat on ball and hangs his bat in defens37.3 : Tim Southee to Cheteshwar Pujara, Good-length ball on off, kept out. 37.2 : Tim Southee to Cheteshwar Pujara, The batsman has just watchfully blocked this out.0.0 : Tim Southee (6-0-24-0) is brought back into the attack. 37.1 : Tim Southee to Cheteshwar Pujara, Fullish on middle, worked to mid-wicket. 36.6 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, Flicked to the on side and a run is taken. 10 off this over. 36.5 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, FOUR! Another boundary. Runs have started to flow nicely now. A full toss, Cheteshwar Pujara dances down and just clips this one hard through mid-wicket. A player gives it chase and dives too, but the ball ends up touching the ropes. 36.4 : Ajaz Patel to Ajinkya Rahane, Darted on middle, Ajinkya Rahane whips this through square leg for one. 36.3 : Ajaz Patel to Ajinkya Rahane, FOUR! That is a beautiful shot. 100 up for India too. A half-volley, outside off, given nice flight too, Ajinkya Rahane makes a slight bit of room and just places this through covers. The ball runs away to the ropes. 36.2 : Ajaz Patel to Ajinkya Rahane, On middle, jammed out to the mid on region. 36.1 : Ajaz Patel to Ajinkya Rahane, Around off, blocked. 35.6 : Kyle Jamieson to Cheteshwar Pujara, Ends the over with a bumper too. It is angled on the middle pole, Cheteshwar Pujara does not think twice about leaving it. 35.5 : Kyle Jamieson to Cheteshwar Pujara, Short in length, around off, Pujara works it to the off side. 35.4 : Kyle Jamieson to Cheteshwar Pujara, Kyle Jamieson comes over the wicket and bowls a back-of-a-length delivery on the body, CP nicely fends it out. 35.3 : Kyle Jamieson to Cheteshwar Pujara, Outside off again, short again, left alone again.  Kyle Jamieson to Cheteshwar Pujara, WIDE. This time, he overdoes it. Another bouncer, outside off, bounces way over Pujara’s head, to the keeper. Wide signalled. 35.2 : Kyle Jamieson to Cheteshwar Pujara, Another bouncer this time, does not bounce too much, as Pujara was looking to duck. He just about gets his shoulder underneath the ball as the cherry goes to the keeper behind. 0.0 : Cheteshwar Pujara is getting some treatment on his fingers. We are ready to resume now. Kyle Jamieson to continue. 35.1 : Kyle Jamieson to Cheteshwar Pujara, A bumper this time for Pujara, who easily sits under this one. 34.6 : Ajaz Patel to Ajinkya Rahane, Full, on off, Ajinkya Rahane goes back and blocks it out to the off side. 34.5 : Ajaz Patel to Ajinkya Rahane, Ajinkya Rahane presses forward this time and solidly defends it. 34.4 : Ajaz Patel to Ajinkya Rahane, A carbon copy of the previous delivery. Again, Rahane finds the fielder. 34.3 : Ajaz Patel to Ajinkya Rahane, Floated around off, eased to the cover fielder. 34.2 : Ajaz Patel to Ajinkya Rahane, Fuller around off, defended out. 34.1 : Ajaz Patel to Ajinkya Rahane, On middle, kept out. 33.6 : Kyle Jamieson to Cheteshwar Pujara, Short on off, awkwardly fended out by Pujara. 33.5 : Kyle Jamieson to Cheteshwar Pujara, FOUR! Short and wide and Cheteshwar Pujara will not leave that unpunished. First boundary on the 75th delivery for Pujara. Wider outside off, Cheteshwar Pujara hops slightly and slaps this through cover-point for a boundary.  Kyle Jamieson to Cheteshwar Pujara, Served on a shorter trajectory, closer to the off pole, Rahane bends his back and sways away. Another no ball as Kyle Jamieson continues to overstep his boundary. 33.4 : Kyle Jamieson to Ajinkya Rahane, Around off, pushed to covers, where the fielder misfields and they can take a run. 33.3 : Kyle Jamieson to Ajinkya Rahane, Outside off, left alone. 33.2 : Kyle Jamieson to Ajinkya Rahane, FOUR! That’s the first boundary for the Indian skipper. That will give him some confidence. Short of a length, outside off, does not rise too much, Ajinkya Rahane goes back and punches this through covers. Ajaz Patel chases after this but the ball wins the race to the ropes.  Kyle Jamieson to Ajinkya Rahane, NO BALL! Around off, pushed to covers. Kyle Jamieson oversteps yet again. 33.1 : Kyle Jamieson to Ajinkya Rahane, Rahane lost track of where the ball was for a second or two there. He has a wry smile on his face and so does Kyle Jamieson. Short this time, outside off, Rahane looks to pull but only manages to underedge this one to the keeper on the bounce. Ajinkya Rahane looks around and realizes that the ball is behind him. 32.6 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, Lunges forward this time and blocks it out nicely, does Pujara. 32.5 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, An action replay of the previous delivery.32.4 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, On middle, flicked to square leg. 32.3 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, ‘RUN, RUN, RUN, RUN, RUN!’ says Pujara and they complete two here. A full toss, around off, Cheteshwar Pujara gets ahead and pushes this to the left of mid on. Cheteshwar Pujara wants one and scampers through. The fielder though misfields and they are allowed to get another. 32.2 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, Goes fuller again, but this time on off and middle, Pujara gets forward and keeps it out solidly. 32.1 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, Fuller on middle and leg, gently dabbed down onto the deck. 31.6 : Kyle Jamieson to Ajinkya Rahane, Outside off, Ajinkya Rahane works this to covers. A maiden now for Kyle! 31.5 : Kyle Jamieson to Ajinkya Rahane, Down the leg side, the flick is missed. 31.4 : Kyle Jamieson to Ajinkya Rahane, On a length, wider outside off, lands and nips in, Rahane shoulders arms on this occasion. 31.3 : Kyle Jamieson to Ajinkya Rahane, On off, blocked out by Ajinkya.31.2 : Kyle Jamieson to Ajinkya Rahane, Slightly fuller, on off, defended out. 31.1 : Kyle Jamieson to Ajinkya Rahane, A short delivery to begin for Rahane, served outside the off pole. He does not make a hassle out of this and leaves it easily. 30.6 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, On middle, kept out. 30.5 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, Outside off, shorter now, the cut shot is employed but straight to the point fielder. 30.4 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, Short now, around off, lands and turns away as Pujara waits, and then taps this to covers. 30.3 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, Cheteshwar Pujara steps out, but his whip only finds the mid-wicket fielder. 0.0 : The Indian skipper, Ajinkya Rahane walks out to bat. Also, Ajaz Patel to bowl from the other end. 30.2 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, Slightly outside off, fuller again, gently pushed away to the off side. 30.1 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, Floated, around off, kept out.29.6 : Kyle Jamieson to Shubman Gill, OUT! BOWLED ‘EM! Kyle Jamieson continues to trouble the Indian batters. Gill was looking very solid out there and looked to be running away to a big score has been sent packing for 52, right in the first over after the Lunch break. Kyle Jamieson has been right on the money throughout the game so far and he follows the same template here. He serves it on a length, in the fourth stump channel, with a hint of inward movement. Shubman Gill looks to push this t29.5 : Kyle Jamieson to Shubman Gill, Short of a length, on off, Gill hops and nudges this to the mid-wicket fielder. 29.4 : Kyle Jamieson to Shubman Gill, Around off, on a length, Gill pushes this to covers. 29.3 : Kyle Jamieson to Shubman Gill, In the corridor of uncertainty outside off, left alone by Gill. 29.2 : Kyle Jamieson to Shubman Gill, A hint of inswing! Around off, back of a length, the ball nips in this time, SG fends this one off to the leg side. 0.0 : We are ready for the second session! New Zealand players stride out to the middle. Cheteshwar Pujara and Shubman Gill jog out to the middle as well. Kyle Jamieson to start things off. 29.1 : Kyle Jamieson to Shubman Gill, Kyle Jamieson starts this new session with a shortish delivery, around off too, Shubman Gill lines up to play the pull shot but gets an inside edge back onto his pad. 28.6 : … Day 1, Session 2 … New Zealand were right on the money from the word go, particularly Kyle Jamieson, who kept probing with his line and lengths and kept the Indian openers at their toes. The outside edge was just missed a couple of times but Jamieson finally found success scalping Mayank Agarwal. New Zealand could have had Shubman Gill too in the 7th over but they did not opt for a review. That might prove them costly. Ajaz Patel leaked runs while William Somerville and Rachin Ravindra kept things tight from the o India were off to a good start as Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill batted well at the start and the former tried to keep the scoreboard ticking while the latter took his time to settle. Shubman Gill was adjudged lbw in the third over but the review saved him as he was very confident of getting an inside edge which proved to be right. However, Mayank Agarwal departed soon getting an outside edge to Jamieson. After that, Shubman Gill took on Ajaz Patel to get some runs under the belt while Chetes India would have wanted a strong start and they have got exactly that despite losing Mayank Agarwal early. They will definitely be the happier side heading into the break.  William Somerville to Cheteshwar Pujara, Very full from William Somerville and around off, Cheteshwar Pujara digs this out to mid off. THAT WILL BE LUNCH ON DAY 1! 28.5 : William Somerville to Cheteshwar Pujara, Tossed up, on off, kept out. 28.4 : William Somerville to Shubman Gill, Straying on the pads this time, on a flatter length, Gill nudges this through backward square leg and they take one. Gill denies the second though. 28.3 : William Somerville to Shubman Gill, On middle, Shubman Gill again blocks it well. 28.2 : William Somerville to Shubman Gill, William Somerville drags his length back and serves it short, outside off, Gill camps back and taps this to the off side. 28.1 : William Somerville to Shubman Gill, A touch fuller, around off, Shubman dances down and works it back to the bowler. 27.6 : Rachin Ravindra to Cheteshwar Pujara, Short, on off, pushed to mid off. 27.5 : Rachin Ravindra to Cheteshwar Pujara, Rachin Ravindra continues to bowl fuller to Pujara, who whips this to the right of mid on. 27.4 : Rachin Ravindra to Cheteshwar Pujara, Cheteshwar Pujara’s punch this time is straight down the throat of the mid off fielder. No run again. 27.3 : Rachin Ravindra to Cheteshwar Pujara, Very full again on off, CP jams this out past covers, but straight to the mid off fielder. 27.2 : Rachin Ravindra to Shubman Gill, Rachin Ravindra drags this short now, serves it around off, Gill goes back and punches this to the cover region. They sneak through and complete the run. 27.1 : Rachin Ravindra to Shubman Gill, Shubman Gill steps forward and blocks it out. 26.6 : William Somerville to Cheteshwar Pujara, CP clips this one straight to the mid-wicket fielder. 26.5 : William Somerville to Cheteshwar Pujara, Full, very full on off, CP digs this one out towards mid on. Wants a run but is sent back this time. 26.4 : William Somerville to Cheteshwar Pujara, Cheteshwar Pujara has just watchfully blocked this out.26.3 : William Somerville to Shubman Gill, Fifty for Shubman Gill! He is back in the team and he starts off nicely. His fourth fifty in Tests and second one in India. A mature knock from the youngster so far and he would look to build on this. Flighted, around off, clipped through mid-wicket for one. 26.2 : William Somerville to Shubman Gill, Floated, fuller, around off, SG works this to the right of mid on this time. 26.1 : William Somerville to Shubman Gill, Tossed up, on off, knocked to mid on. 25.6 : Rachin Ravindra to Shubman Gill, A single this time as Shubman knocks this down to long on. 25.5 : Rachin Ravindra to Shubman Gill, Darted on middle, knocked to the leg side. 25.4 : Rachin Ravindra to Shubman Gill, Around off, blocked. 0.0 : The debutant, Rachin Ravindra is introduced into the attack. 25.3 : Rachin Ravindra to Shubman Gill, The batsman has just watchfully blocked this out.25.2 : Rachin Ravindra to Shubman Gill, Spicy turn there! Takes everyone by surprise. Floated, lands fuller around off, the ball hits the deck and spins away massively as Gill defends inside the line and misses. Tom Blundell does well behind the sticks to stop this. 25.1 : Rachin Ravindra to Shubman Gill, Rachin Ravindra starts with a fuller ball, around off, nicely defended out by Gill. 24.6 : William Somerville to Cheteshwar Pujara, Cheteshwar Pujara flicks this full ball straight to Southee at mid-wicket.24.5 : William Somerville to Cheteshwar Pujara, Cheteshwar Pujara prods forward and keeps this out solidly. 24.4 : William Somerville to Cheteshwar Pujara, Around off, defended out. 24.3 : William Somerville to Shubman Gill, On middle, gently eased down towards long on for a single. 24.2 : William Somerville to Cheteshwar Pujara, Floated, around off, Pujara skips down and flicks this to mid-wicket. Tim Southee there dives to his left and half-stops the ball, which allows the batsmen to cross ends. 24.1 : William Somerville to Cheteshwar Pujara, Flatter and around off, pushed back to the bowler. 23.6 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajaz Patel looks to fire down the leg side as Cheteshwar Pujara was continously advancing. Pujara though stays back this time and smartly tickles the full ball to fine leg and collects three runs. 23.5 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, On off, Pujara advances down the track and defends. 23.4 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, Tosses it up, on middle. Pujara looks to defend but gets an inside edge. The ball rolls towards fine leg for a couple of runs. 23.3 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, Loopy ball, around off. Pujara looks to defend but misses and gets hit on the pads. Ajaz Patel appeals for an lbw but the umpire is not interested. 23.2 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, Outside off, left alone. 23.1 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, Flatter and full, on middle. Pujara knocks it on the leg side. 22.6 : William Somerville to Shubman Gill, Loopy ball, on middle, Gill plays it to mid on. 22.5 : William Somerville to Shubman Gill, Flighted ball, on leg. Gill defends it out. 22.4 : William Somerville to Cheteshwar Pujara, Full again, on middle. Pujara uses his feet to flick it behind square on the leg side for one. Brings up the fifty partnership as well between the two batters. 22.3 : William Somerville to Cheteshwar Pujara, On off, blocked out by Pujara. 22.2 : William Somerville to Cheteshwar Pujara, Loopy ball, on off. Pujara steps out and wrists it to mid-wicket. 22.1 : William Somerville to Shubman Gill, Full and on off, Gill uses his feet and nudges it to long on for a run. 21.6 : Ajaz Patel to Shubman Gill, This is flicked to deep square leg for a run.21.5 : Ajaz Patel to Shubman Gill, On the pads, blocked out. 21.4 : Ajaz Patel to Shubman Gill, Shortish ball, outside off. Gill goes back and cuts it to backward point. 21.3 : Ajaz Patel to Shubman Gill, Very full, on middle. Gill digs it out. 21.2 : Ajaz Patel to Shubman Gill, Some turn and low bounce! On off, Shubman Gill looks to defend but the ball beats the outside edge. 21.1 : Ajaz Patel to Shubman Gill, FOUR! Just over Kane Williamson at mid off! Floats it up, on leg. Shubman Gill shimmies down and lifts it towards mid off. Kane Williamson takes a leap but the ball goes just over him and into the fence. 20.6 : William Somerville to Cheteshwar Pujara, On off, Pujara steps out and defends it on the off side. 20.5 : William Somerville to Shubman Gill, Fullish delivery, on middle. Gill drives it to long on for a single. 20.4 : William Somerville to Shubman Gill, On the pads, worked to mid-wicket. 20.3 : William Somerville to Shubman Gill, Half-hearted appeal from the Kiwi players but the umpire is not interested. Loopy ball, on middle, turning back in. Shubman Gill puts a stride forward and looks to defend but misses. The ball goes off the pads and the short leg fielder catches it. 20.2 : William Somerville to Shubman Gill, Full and on middle, watchfully blocked out. 20.1 : William Somerville to Shubman Gill, Quicker delivery, on middle. Gill steps out and looks to flick but gets an outside edge to mid off. 19.6 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, Flighted delivery, on middle. Pujara blocks this one out off the front foot. 19.5 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, Sprays this one down leg, Pujara looks to tuck it away but misses. 19.4 : Ajaz Patel to Shubman Gill, On the pads, worked through mid-wicket for a single. 19.3 : Ajaz Patel to Shubman Gill, FOUR! Beautiful timing on that one! Floats it up, on middle and leg. Shubman Gill goes back in the crease and punches it past mid-wicket. The timing was excellent and the ball races away to the boundary. 19.2 : Ajaz Patel to Shubman Gill, Full, on middle. Gill is solid in his defence. 19.1 : Ajaz Patel to Shubman Gill, Flatter ball, on middle. Gill defends it back to the bowler. 18.6 : William Somerville to Cheteshwar Pujara, Loopy ball, around off. Pujara guides it to point. 18.5 : William Somerville to Cheteshwar Pujara, Short and on leg, Pujara knocks it down to mid on. 18.4 : William Somerville to Cheteshwar Pujara, Full and on the pads, Pujara uses his feet again and flicks it to square leg. 18.3 : William Somerville to Cheteshwar Pujara, Tosses it up, on middle. Pujara defends it watchfully. 18.2 : William Somerville to Cheteshwar Pujara, Full and on middle, Pujara prods and defends it on the leg side. 18.1 : William Somerville to Cheteshwar Pujara, Flighted delivery, on leg. Pujara uses his feet and flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs. 17.4 : Change. Some more spin for us to witness as the 37-year old, William Somerville is handed the ball. 17.6 : Tim Southee to Shubman Gill, Back of a length, on middle. Gill sits back and knocks it down to mid on. 17.5 : Tim Southee to Shubman Gill, On a good length, on leg. Gill flicks towards mid-wicket. The fielder dives to his right and stops the ball. 17.4 : Tim Southee to Shubman Gill, Length ball, on middle. Gill covers the line nicely and blocks it out. 17.3 : Tim Southee to Shubman Gill, Short of a length, outside off. Gill punches it to deep cover for a brace. 17.2 : Tim Southee to Cheteshwar Pujara, On a length, on middle. Pujara tucks it to mid-wicket and takes off for a quick single. The fielder has a shy at the bowler’s end but misses. 17.1 : Tim Southee to Cheteshwar Pujara, Fullish and on off. Pujara looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads. 16.6 : Ajaz Patel to Shubman Gill, On the pads, Gill blocks it watchfully. 16.5 : Ajaz Patel to Shubman Gill, FOUR! Nicely played! Tosses it up, outside off. Shubman Gill makes room for himself and cuts it very late. The ball races away to deep backward point in a flash. 50 comes up for India as well. 16.4 : Ajaz Patel to Shubman Gill, Outside off, pushed to covers. 16.3 : Ajaz Patel to Shubman Gill, Flatter delivery, on off. Gill defends it out. 16.2 : Ajaz Patel to Shubman Gill, SIX! Beautiful shot! Loopy ball, on middle. Shubman Gill advances down the track and smashes it with a straight bat over long on for a biggie. Ajinkya Rahane likes it and applauds the shot from the dugout. 16.1 : Ajaz Patel to Shubman Gill, Full and on middle, Gill steps out and defends. 15.6 : Tim Southee to Shubman Gill, Length ball, on leg. Gill tucks it behind square on the leg side for one. 15.5 : Tim Southee to Shubman Gill, On a good length, outside off. Gill defends it out. 15.4 : Tim Southee to Shubman Gill, On off, kept out by Gill.15.3 : Tim Southee to Shubman Gill, A couple more but slightly streaky! Full again, on off. Shubman Gill looks to drive but the ball takes the outer half of the bat towards deep point. The batters take a couple of runs. 15.2 : Tim Southee to Shubman Gill, FOUR! Gill loves to play on the leg side! This was fuller in length, on the pads. Shubman Gill clears his front leg and flicks it to deep square leg for a boundary. 15.1 : Tim Southee to Shubman Gill, Length ball, on middle, coming back in. Shubman Gill covers the line and defends it on the leg side. 14.6 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, Short and turning away, outside off. Pujara cuts but finds the cover fielder. 14.5 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, Loopy ball, around off. Cheteshwar Pujara punches it back to the bowler off the back foot. Ajaz Patel is not allowing Pujara to make use of his feet. 14.4 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, On off, pushed back to the bowler. 14.3 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, Floats it up, on middle. Pujara defends it off the front foot. 14.2 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, Slower through the air, on leg. Pujara blocks it out. 14.1 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, Tosses it up, on middle. Pujara rocks back and knocks it back to the bowler. 13.6 : DRINKS! Kyle Jamieson has been excellent with the ball and was rewarded with the wicket of Mayank Agarwal. Since then, Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara have done to battle out the Kiwi bowlers. They will look to continue to bat till lunch now.  Tim Southee to Shubman Gill, On a good length, around off, nipping back in. Shubman Gill leaves it untouched. 13.5 : Tim Southee to Shubman Gill, Full and well outside off, left alone by Gill. 13.4 : Tim Southee to Cheteshwar Pujara, Outside off, pushed past point for a run.0.0 : Tim Southee (3-0-12-0) is back into the attack. 13.3 : Tim Southee to Cheteshwar Pujara, On a good length, on middle. Pujara nudges it to mid-wicket. 13.2 : Tim Southee to Shubman Gill, On a length, outside off, nipping away. Shubman Gill opens the face of the bat and drives it through covers. Only for a single though. 13.1 : Tim Southee to Shubman Gill, Length ball, on middle. Gill hits it on the leg side. 12.6 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, Loopy ball, on leg. Pujara dances down the track and defends it out watchfully to the off side. A maiden for Ajaz Patel.12.5 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, Pushed wider and quicker, Pujara lets it be. 12.4 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, On middle, clipped to square leg. 12.3 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, Slower through the air, on off. Pujara defends it out. 12.2 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, Full and on off, Pujara steps out and nudges it to mid-wicket. 12.1 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, Loopy ball, on off. Pujara defends it off the front foot. 11.6 : Kyle Jamieson to Cheteshwar Pujara, Full and on middle, Pujara clips it to backward square leg. He retains the strike by picking up a single. 11.5 : Kyle Jamieson to Cheteshwar Pujara, On a length, around off, shapes away a little late. Cheteshwar Pujara leaves it alone. 11.4 : Kyle Jamieson to Cheteshwar Pujara, Fuller in length, on off. Pujara pushes it to mid on. 11.3 : Kyle Jamieson to Cheteshwar Pujara, Length ball, on middle and leg. Cheteshwar Pujara clips it behind square on the leg side for a couple of runs.11.2 : Kyle Jamieson to Cheteshwar Pujara, Good-length ball, on middle. Pujara shuffles a bit and defends it down the track. 11.1 : Kyle Jamieson to Cheteshwar Pujara, On a good length, outside off. Cheteshwar Pujara defends it right under his eyes. 10.6 : Ajaz Patel to Shubman Gill, On off, Gill defends it off the front foot. 10.5 : Ajaz Patel to Shubman Gill, FOUR! Cut away! Tosses it up, on off. Shubman Gill hangs back and cuts it through point to collect a boundary. Excellent placement from the youngster this time. Gets his first boundary of the day. 10.4 : Ajaz Patel to Shubman Gill, Slower through the air, around middle. Shubman Gill hangs back and punches it past the bowler for a couple of runs. 10.3 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, Loopy ball, on leg. Pujara plays it to wide of mid on for a run. 10.2 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, Full again, on leg. Pujara again steps out and flicks it to mid on. 10.1 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, Full and on leg, Cheteshwar Pujara uses his feet and flicks it to mid-wicket. 9.6 : Kyle Jamieson to Shubman Gill, Another maiden for Kyle Jamieson! Length ball, on off. Shubman Gill pushes it towards point. 9.5 : Kyle Jamieson to Shubman Gill, Good-length ball, outside off. Gill is not interested to offer a shot on that one. 9.4 : Kyle Jamieson to Shubman Gill, Similar line and length, outside off. Shubman Gill lets it sail through. 9.3 : Kyle Jamieson to Shubman Gill, Good-length ball, outside off, nipping away a bit. Shubman Gill leaves it alone. 9.2 : Kyle Jamieson to Shubman Gill, Tad fuller, outside off. Shubman Gill watches the ball closely and lets it go. 9.1 : Kyle Jamieson to Shubman Gill, Length ball down the leg side, Shubman Gill looks to flick but misses. Tom Blundell does well to move to his right and collect the ball. 8.6 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, On middle, Cheteshwar Pujara knocks this to the leg side. 8.5 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, Floated around off again, punched to the cover region. 8.4 : Ajaz Patel to Cheteshwar Pujara, Fuller, angling in, around off, easily defended by Pujara. 8.3 : Ajaz Patel to Shubman Gill, On middle, worked wide of the mid on fielder, where William Somerville dives to his right and half-stops the ball. One run only. 8.2 : Ajaz Patel to Shubman Gill, Touch shorter, on the pads, nicely clipped through mid-wicket for a brace. 8.1 : Ajaz Patel to Shubman Gill, Floated, around off, eased to mid off now. 7.6 : Kyle Jamieson to Cheteshwar Pujara, Fuller, around off, Pujara blocks this out to the off side. An excellent over by Kyle! 7.5 : Kyle Jamieson to Mayank Agarwal, OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Mayank Agarwal departs and the Kiwis have drawn first blood early in the morning session. Kyle Jamieson has been probing and making life difficult for the Indian openers and he reaps rewards for his hard work here. Can’t say that he hasn’t deserved this honestly. He keeps pushing with the same line and length and gets rid of Agarwal. Back-of-a-length delivery again, on the fourth stump line, the ball lands and curls away. Mayank Agarwal Cheteshwar Pujara walks out to bat at No.3.7.4 : Kyle Jamieson to Mayank Agarwal, On middle, glanced to the leg side this time. 7.3 : Kyle Jamieson to Mayank Agarwal, FOUR! Crunched. Agarwal gets the first boundary of the game. Kyle Jamieson goes fuller this time, outside off, Mayank Agarwal leans ahead and creams this one through covers. Nobody was going to stop that. 7.2 : Kyle Jamieson to Mayank Agarwal, Peach! What a delivery. Fantastic bowling. Hits the deck hard around off, the ball lands and shapes away now, Mayank Agarwal is gentle as he looks to have a poke at this but the ball whistles past his blade to the keeper. 7.1 : Kyle Jamieson to Mayank Agarwal, A bumper this time, around off and middle, takes Mayank by surprise but he does well to duck down. 6.6 : Ajaz Patel to Shubman Gill, This one stays low now! Around off, slightly shorter, Shubman goes back to play it and the ball stays a touch low. He adjusts well and fends this one out. 6.5 : Ajaz Patel to Shubman Gill, Slightly shorter, around off, Shubman Gill skips down and looks to play this but misses. Gets pinged on the pad and an appeal is made but this does not look like it would be out. The umpire does not flinch too. 6.4 : Ajaz Patel to Shubman Gill, On middle now, worked gently to the mid on fielder. 6.3 : Ajaz Patel to Shubman Gill, Fuller, on off, pushed to covers. 6.2 : Ajaz Patel to Shubman Gill, That is defended solidly off the front foot.6.1 : Ajaz Patel to Shubman Gill, Spin straightaway for Patel! He floats this one up, fuller, around off, the ball lands and turns away slightly as Gill looks to defend, but the ball catches the outside edge and bounces away from the slip fielder. 5.6 : First change of the morning. Ajaz Patel is brought into the attack. He replaces Tim Southee. Kyle Jamieson to Shubman Gill, Quick single. On a length on off, worked to covers and the batters scamper through for one. There is an overthrow too but the batters do not go for the second. 5.5 : Kyle Jamieson to Shubman Gill, Shubman pushes this to the fielder at covers now. 5.4 : Kyle Jamieson to Shubman Gill, Outside off, no shot offered now. 5.3 : Kyle Jamieson to Shubman Gill, Well bowled again. Moving away on a length outside off, Gill looks to push this through the off side but this curves away from the right-hander, to the keeper.  Kyle Jamieson to Shubman Gill, NO BALL! Angled into the middle pole again, this is nudged to the leg side. Kyle oversteps by a huge margin and hence, another no ball has been called. 5.2 : Kyle Jamieson to Shubman Gill, On middle, kept out. 5.1 : Kyle Jamieson to Shubman Gill, Outside off, pushed away to point. 4.6 : Tim Southee to Mayank Agarwal, That is defended solidly off the front foot.4.5 : Tim Southee to Mayank Agarwal, EDGY FOUR! The edge is induced but it runs away to the boundary ropes. Around off, on a length, going away this time, Mayank Agarwal has a tentative poke at this and the ball takes the outside edge, bounces in between the keeper and first slip and runs away to the ropes. 4.4 : Tim Southee to Mayank Agarwal, Good length, in the fourth stump channel, nipping away, easy leave again for Mayank. 4.3 : Tim Southee to Mayank Agarwal, Short of a length, around off, Mayank shuffles and taps this to the off side. 4.2 : Tim Southee to Mayank Agarwal, Outside off, on a length, Mayank misses his poke here. 4.1 : Tim Southee to Shubman Gill, Good running from this duo. Slightly fuller, outside off, Shubman Gill leans ahead and creams this one through the covers. They take two and notice that there is a bit of misfield and hence, they return for the third too. 3.6 : Kyle Jamieson to Mayank Agarwal, An action replay of the previous delivery. Outside off, fuller, no shot offered by Mayank this time. 3.5 : Kyle Jamieson to Mayank Agarwal, Wider outside off, an easy leave for Mayank. 3.4 : Kyle Jamieson to Mayank Agarwal, A touch fuller this time, outside off, a gentle push by Mayank Agarwal through covers and the batters complete the second run with ease.  Kyle Jamieson to Mayank Agarwal, NO BALL! Angled into middle and leg pole, pushed away to the left of mid on, who runs across and stops the ball. Kyle Jamieson has overstepped and hence, a no ball has been called. 3.3 : Kyle Jamieson to Mayank Agarwal, Around off, on a length, Mayank hits this towards the cover region. 3.2 : Kyle Jamieson to Mayank Agarwal, Around off, poked away to the slip cordon. 3.1 : Kyle Jamieson to Mayank Agarwal, Jamieson is making the ball talk here! Again there is movement. On the fourth stump line, on a good length, the ball swirls away as Mayank Agarwal misses his attempted defense. 2.6 : Tim Southee to Shubman Gill, Angled into the pads this time, Gill closes the face of this blade and knocks this through mid-wicket. He collects two runs and opens his account too. 2.5 : Tim Southee to Shubman Gill, That is defended solidly off the front foot.2.3 : Shubman Gill has taken a review for LBW. There is a clear inside edge onto the pads. No need for UltraEdge on this one. The on-field decision has been reversed. India retain their review. 2.4 : Tim Southee to Shubman Gill, Around off, Gill walks down and taps this to mid on. Wants one but is sent back now. 2.3 : Tim Southee to Shubman Gill, NOT OUT! Clearly not out as there was bat on this. The on-field called has been reversed here. Southee serves a back-of-a-length delivery, around off, coming in slightly as Gill looks to defend. He seems to have missed it as he gets hit on the pads. An excited appeal from the Kiwis and the finger has been raised. Gill goes for the review straightaway. As soon as replays roll in, you know why he was so confident. A clear inside edge, onto the pad. Gill continues2.2 : Tim Southee to Shubman Gill, This is slipped down the leg side, Shubman misses his flick this time. 2.1 : Tim Southee to Shubman Gill, Outside off on a length, Gill watches it sway away and leaves it alone. 1.6 : Kyle Jamieson to Mayank Agarwal, Good length, on off, pushed to covers. A maiden to begin for Kyle Jamieson! 1.5 : Kyle Jamieson to Mayank Agarwal, Slightly closer to the off pole, on a length, but still not enough for Mayank to play at this. He makes another leave. 1.4 : Kyle Jamieson to Mayank Agarwal, Easy leave. A touch fuller, outside off, moving away now, left alone easily. 1.3 : Kyle Jamieson to Mayank Agarwal, Trying to bowl the inswinger this time. Short of a length, way outside off, the ball lands and nips in gently as Mayank defends inside the line and misses. 1.2 : Kyle Jamieson to Mayank Agarwal, Play and a miss! What a curler from Jamieson. This time the line is better, on the fifth stump channel, on a fuller length, the ball lands and curls away as Mayank Agarwal looks to drive. The ball whiskers past the blade to the keeper. 1.1 : Kyle Jamieson to Mayank Agarwal, Kyle Jamieson starts with a fuller delivery, way outside off, there is away movement too as Mayank just leaves this one be. 0.6 : Kyle Jamieson to bowl from the opposite end. Tim Southee to Shubman Gill, On a length around off, Gill blocks this one out. A tidy start from Southee. 0.5 : Tim Southee to Mayank Agarwal, Good-length ball this time, around off, it is played through cover-point and the strike is rotated with a run now. 0.4 : Tim Southee to Mayank Agarwal, Around off, on a length now, Mayank pokes this one and finds the third slip fielder on the bounce. 0.2 : Tim Southee to Mayank Agarwal, Similar line and length this time, this time it is closer to Mayank, who defends this one out. 0.1 : Tim Southee to Mayank Agarwal, Right on the money is Tim Southee on ball one! He starts with a slightly back-of-a-length delivery, around off, there is a slight bit of away movement as Agarwal gently pokes this one away to the point region. 0.3 : Tim Southee to Mayank Agarwal, India and Mayank Agarwal open their account here as the crowds cheer on. Outside off this time, back of a length, the ball seams away slightly again as Agarwal pushes this one past point and the batters complete two this time. 0.0 : Done with the pre-match formalities! Now, New Zealand players make their way into the middle and take their respective fielding positions. The Indian openers – Shubman Gill and Mayank Agarwal stride out to the middle as well. Kane Williamson hands the red cherry to Tim Southee. He will start the proceedings with the ball. Here we go… We are set to begin but before that, both the teams line up for their respective national anthems. First it will be New Zealand’s followed by India’s.  Cheteshwar Pujara is in for a chat! He says that it is an honor to be part of this team and he is looking forward to being the vice captain. Says that he was part of the Indian T20 League and he was training and batting and he has prepared well and they are looking forward to playing at home. Says that this is an opportunity for the younger players and they have to also play with responsibility. Tells that there was low bounce the last time they played here but you never know as they are playin Zealand (Playing XI) – Tom Latham, Will Young, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell (WK), Rachin Ravindra (DEBUT), Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel, Kyle Jamieson, William Somerville.  India (Playing XI) – Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (C), Shreyas Iyer (DEBUT), Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav. Kane Williamson, the New Zealand captain, says that they would have batted first too but they have the ball in hand and they will look to make a few breakthroughs early on. Adds that this is a different challenge and they are not looking back and are looking ahead right now. Tells us that his elbow is alright. Kane says that they have to make a couple of changes to their side keeping in mind that they need to have spinners in their ranks. Informs that they are going with two pacers, two spinners Ajinkya Rahane, the skipper of India says that they will bat first. Mentions that the surface looks really good. Tells that it is an opportunity for everyone to do well and then head to Mumbai. Tells that they are excited to play under the new coaching staff and are looking forward to playing under Rahul Dravid. Tells that New Zealand plays as a unit and are a quality side and are not going to take them lightly. Informs that Shreyas Iyer is set to make his debut and they are going with 3 spinn TOSS – Ajinkya Rahane and Kane Williamson have made their way out into the middle now. Rahane flips and tails is what Kane calls but it lands heads. INDIA HAVE ELECTED TO BAT FIRST!  Pitch Report - Simon Doull and Deep Dasgupta are near the pitch. Doull says that there are some cracks already opening up. Says that it is a beautiful batting pitch and the spinners might get some turn early on. Dasgupta mentions that the batters will have to work hard to get runs. Doull tells the first and the last hour will be crucial as usual but once the light comes on, the ball might behave differently. Also says that reverse swing is expected. … Match Day … Hello, folks! Time for you to ditch your colorful jerseys and don the white as Test cricket is back!!! It has been a while since we have been focussing on the shortest format of the game, but now, we return to the longest format as Test cricket is here! The two finalists of the 2019–2021 ICC World Test Championship, India and New Zealand are locking horns for a 2-game Test series and it is building up to be an exciting one. On that note, welcome to the coverage. Talking about India first, their start in the new WTC cycle has been nothing short of phenomenal as after their disappointment due to the loss in the WTC final against the Black Caps, they came out hammer and tongs and were in supreme form against England, in the Brits’ backyard and the Indians would want to continue the same. They will be without their two main protagonists, both their openers, as Rohit Sharma is resting for this series and KL Rahul is out injured and their services will be mis The Kiwis have held the wooden spoon over India on multiple occasions in all formats of the ICC tournaments over the last couple of years and will be confident heading into this series too. They have a strong core of players and Williamson too is back to lead his lads. It will be interesting to see how the Kiwis face the turning tracks on these Indian decks. Their bowling combination will be one to look at as well as it will be exciting to see how many pacers make the cut and how many spinners t Update – The news from the middle is that Shreyas Iyer is set to make his Test debut. He receives the cap from one of India’s greatest, Sunil Gavaskar. 

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