Team India won the toss and decided to bat first in the historical 500th Test match at the Green Park stadium in Kanpur on September 22, 2016.
Stumps, Day 1 – 4:41 pm: India managed to put up a total of 291 runs for the loss of 9 wickets. Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja remains unbeaten at 8 and 16 respectively. Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner notched 3-wickets each while Mark Craig, Ish Sodhi and Neil Wagner all picked up a wicket.
4:30 pm: Trent Boult is on fire. He picks up his 3rd wicket with the dismissal of Mohammed Shami. Shami departs for a duck. India 277/9.
4:21 pm: Trent Boult dismisses Ravichandran Ashwin. Ashwin heads back to the pavilion after scoring 40 runs off 76 runs. India 273/8.
4:08 pm: Trent Boult dismisses Wriddhiman Saha. Saha departs for a duck. India 262/7.
4:05 pm: Wriddhiman Saha comes to the crease.
4:03 pm: Mitchell Santner picks up his 3rd wicket as Rohit Sharma departs. Sharma scored 35 runs off 67 balls. India 261/6.
2:49 pm: Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin will need to construct a decent partnership. India will hope to bat out the 3rd session without losing too many wickets.
2:48 pm: Mark Craig dismisses Ajinkya Rahane. Rahane heads back to the pavilion after scoring 18 runs off 36 balls. India 209/5.
2:40 pm: The players have come back after Lunch. Stay tuned for updates from Day 1’s 3rd and final session.
2:12 pm: It’s TEA time. India 185/4.
2:05 pm: Ish Sodhi bags Murali Vijay’s wicket. Vijay is dismissed after scoring 65 runs off 170 deliveries.
1:39 pm: The Kiwis are making a statement. Neil Wagner picks up Virat Kohli’s wicket. Kohli managed to score 9 runs off 10 balls. India 167/3.
1:27 pm: Indian captain Virat Kohli is the next batsman in.
1:26 pm: Mitchell Santner clinches Cheteshwar Pujara’s wicket. Pujara departs after notching up 62 off 109 balls.
12:50 pm: Both Vijay and Pujara have scored the half-centuries. India is gunning for glory, the pressure is on the Kiwis.
11:32 am: It’s Lunch time at Green Park in Kanpur. India 105/1.
India – 42/1 after 11 overs.
10.6 overs: Santner to Rahul – WICKET!
India loses its 1st wicket. KL Rahul departs for 32 runs off 39 deliveries.
10.4 overs: Santner to Rahul – 6 Runs
~Mitchell Santner to Murali Vijay
India – 35/0 after 10 overs.
~Neil Wagner to KL Rahul
India – 33/0 after 9 overs.
~Mitchell Santner to KL Rahul
Bowling change by Kane Williamson – The captain introduces orthodox spinner Mitchell Santner into the attack
India – 26/0 after 8 overs.
7.3 overs: Wagner to Vijay – 4 Runs
~Neil Wagner to Murali Vijay
India – 22/0 after 7 overs.
6.5 overs: Boult to Rahul – 4 Runs
6.4 overs: Boult to Rahul – 4 Runs
~Trent Boult to KL Rahul
India – 12/0 after 4 overs.
~Neil Wagner to Murali Vijay – MAIDEN Over!
India – 12/0 after 3 overs.
~Trent Boult to KL Rahul – MAIDEN Over!
India – 8/0 after 1 over.
0.4 overs: Boult to Rahul – 4 Runs
0.2 overs: Boult to Rahul – 4 Runs
~Trent Boult to KL Rahul
Day 1: Lokesh Rahul & Murali Vijay open the innings for India while Trent Boult has been given the new ball.
Umpires: England’s Richard Kettleborough and Australia’s Rod Tucker
Third Umpire: India’s Anil Chaudhary
Match Referee: Australia’s David Boon
India XI: Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav
New Zealand XI: Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, BJ Watling(w), Mark Craig, Ish Sodhi, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult
TOSS: India won the toss and elected to bat first.
Indian captain Virat Kohli: “We will bat, looks like a pretty good wicket for day 1. Will look to put some good runs on the board and then try and get the opposition out. The start has been good in the West Indies and the preparation has been good for this series. We are raring to go. I couldn’t have imagined – I mean I have been inspired by all these legends having played – being the captain for the 500th Test and I will try to take it all forward. I feel honoured. We have 6 batsmen, with 2 spinners and 2 quicks, and two batsmen will chip in as part-timers.”
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson: “Would have been nice to win the toss. Looks a very dry surface, would have liked to bat first but not to be. Had a good weekend and acclimatized to the heat. The wicket looks different to the Delhi wicket. Looking forward to an exciting young team and looking forward to good spinners unraveling here on this pitch. We have 3 spinners, one being the all-rounder, and Boult and Wagner are the two-seamers.”
Green Park – PITCH REPORT by Sunil Gavaskar: “This pitch is a little different because when we played, it was more brownish; now it’s more beige-colored. There weren’t many cracks when we played, so it will turn, making batting difficult in the 3rd and 4th innings. This pitch IS going to turn but there are also some runs on the first couple of days”
A determined Team India left their hotel for the milestone – 500th test match.
Virat Kohli led India are all set to play their historical 500th Test cricket match against New Zealand at Green Park stadium in Kanpur, India.
Venue: Green Park stadium in Kanpur, India
Date: 1st Test match (September 22 – September 26 | 2016)
India vs. New Zealand