Although the first day of India’s 500th Test match that started with a solid display of batting by Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay, it ended with New Zealand enjoying the upper hand and the hosts having just one wicket in hand with the score at 291/9. As the bails were removed after an interesting day’s play of Test cricket, Ravindra Jadeja stood on 16 and Umesh Yadav on 8. Having won the toss, India were cruising along at 154/1 with Pujara and Vijay both coasting along and having raised their bats post fifty run milestones, and that’s when Kiwis hit back with three wickets in ten overs to leave India reeling at 185/4 at tea. Pujara, at 62, spooned a drive straight back to Mitchell Santner.
Then came the big wicket of the skipper Virat Kohli who for once played a poor shot to get out for just 9 after getting a top edge that was taken by Ish Sodhi on the ropes.
The second session came to a joyous close for the Kiwis with the wicket of Vijay at 65. He tried to go for a late cut off Sodhi but caught an edge that was taken by BJ Watling.
New Zealand rounded off a solid second session with an even better final session of play. Rohit Sharma and R Ashwin provided a solid start after the restart but after putting together 52 runs, Rohit once again got out to a cheap shot as he tried to go over the top to Santner but didn’t hit it with the middle of the bat to be taken by Sodhi at long on.
Wriddhiman Saha perished for a duck on the second ball with Trent Boult bowling him out with the ball creeping in between bat and pad. Ashwin followed soon after a Boult delivery gripped on the dry surface and scooped up to be taken by Ross Taylor in the slips. Shami also got out for a duck.
Prior to the start of the match, former Indian Test captains and Virat Kohli alongwith New Zealand captain Kane Williamson were felicitated by UP governer Ram Nayak, BCCI chief Anurag Thakur and IPL commissioner Rajeev Shukla to mark India’s 500th Test match.