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India vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 1 Highlights: Play called off after Tea, Rahane stands tall amid collapse

IND vs NZ 1st Test Highlights: Ajinkya Rahane (38*) and Rishabh Pant (10*) took India to 122/5 at the Tea break on Day 1 before rain came down.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: February 21, 2020 10:18:25 am
Ajinkya Rahane batted through the first and second sessions even as regular wickets put India under pressure. (Twitter/BlackCaps)

India vs New Zealand (IND vs NZ) 1st Test Highlights: Ajinkya Rahane (38*) and Rishabh Pant (10*) took India to 122/5 at the Tea break on Day 1 of the 1st Test against New Zealand in Wellington on Friday before rain forced an early end to the day’s proceedings.

India suffered a batting collapse after being put into bat first. Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal opened the innings. Shaw (16) got off to an attacking start before he was bowled out with an outswinger by Tim Southee, bringing Cheteshwar Pujara out. Pujara (11) and Virat Kohli (2) were both dismissed in quick succession by debutant Kylie Jamieson (3/38). They reached Lunch at 79/3, with Rahane and Mayank Agarwal batting. After the resumption, Agarwal was caught at fine leg for 34. Hanuma Vihari was also soon gone for 7. Rishabh Pant joined Rahane after this and survived till the Tea break.

New Zealand Playing XI: Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling(w), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult

India Playing XI: Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah

India in New Zealand, 2 Test Series, 2020Basin Reserve, Wellington 30 March 2020

New Zealand  348 (100.2) & 9/0 (1.4)


India  165 (68.1) & 191 (81.0)

Match Ended ( Day 4 - 1st Test ) New Zealand beat India by 10 wickets

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India vs New Zealand 1st Test, Day 1 Highlights: 


    10:09 (IST)21 Feb 2020
    End of Day 1

    That is confirmation that there shall be no more play today. The third session has been washed out. Day 1 ends with 55 overs having been bowled. Ajinkya Rahane (38*) and Rishabh Pant (10*) will resume batting on Day 2 with India's score at 122/5.

    10:06 (IST)21 Feb 2020
    Ground staff in action

    Lots of action being seen on the ground as ground staff try to get the ground ready for play. However, if no more play is possible today, India will not mind it too much. Day 1 has not been too good for them. Tomorrow's weather forecast is a lot better. Rahane and Pant would much prefer to prepare for the scenario and resume batting on Day 2 itself.

    09:53 (IST)21 Feb 2020
    Likely scenario

    Because of broadcasting reasons, this match had a late start. The match b egan at 11 30 am local time. Play was supposed to go on till 6 30 pm local time (11 am IST). However, with rain having come down, and there not exactly being the best of artificial light at this venue, there is almot no chance of play being extended beyond that time, ie 11 am IST. One option could be to have early starts on the next days if needed to make up for the lost time.

    09:45 (IST)21 Feb 2020
    Jamieson's impact

    The star of the day so far has been debutant Kylie Jamieson. He got Kohli and Pujara in the morning session. He took Mayank Agarwal's catch at fine leg. He then came back in the second session to get Hanuma Vihari. Before Kyle Jamieson, the last bowler to dismiss 3 out of first 5 Indian batsman on Test debut was Josh Hazlewood in 2014 at Brisbane.

    Inspection in 15 minutes.

    09:34 (IST)21 Feb 2020

    Update: The umpires will inspect playing conditions and decide when the match can restart at 10 am IST.

    09:26 (IST)21 Feb 2020
    Rain stops

    The rain has stopped. But the covers are remaining on for the moment.

    09:20 (IST)21 Feb 2020
    Gloom in Wellington

    The skies in Wellington are dark and there is a steady torrent of rain. Does not look like we can have a resumption any time soon.

    09:11 (IST)21 Feb 2020

    The rain delay is unfortunately continuing. And the rain is increasing for the moment. It is not holding up. Looks like this delay might not be as short as we were hoping.

    08:59 (IST)21 Feb 2020

    There is a heavy drizzle that has come on. The groundsmen have covered the 22 yards. The skies have been overcast all day. It even rained early in the morning. And it has also been windy all through the day. Let's hope that helps the clouds pass quickly. Looks like there will now be a delay in starting the third session. Question is, how long will the delay be?

    08:53 (IST)21 Feb 2020
    Rahane's strike rate

    Rahane session-wise strike-rate on Day-1 in Wellington
    Session 1- 19 runs in 34 balls; SR: 55.9
    Session 2- 19 runs in 88 balls; SR: 21.6

    Rahane has played completely riskless cricket as wickets have fallen around him. Conditions seemed to have eased a bit in the second session but two crucial wickets pegged India back and Rahane is still playing the waiting game as a result.

    08:51 (IST)21 Feb 2020
    43 runs and 2 wickets

    43 runs and 2 wickets. That was the sum of the 2nd session. New Zealand can be said to have been the victors of that session as well, after having icked up three wickets in the first session. Rahane and Pant have showed promise though. Pant has reined himself in even though he has shown flashes of impatience. Rahane, batting on 38, the highest score from this innings, has been in superb touch on the other hand. He has seldom put a foot wrong. New Zealand have bowled only 2 overs of spin in their 55 overs. Maybe Ajaz Patel will be bowled more in the last session of the day. 

    08:44 (IST)21 Feb 2020

    That is the end of the 2nd session. India go into the break at 122/5 after 55 overs. Rahane on 38. Pant on 10. This partnership worth 21 runs off 83 balls. A sign of how difficult the going has been for the visitors on this first day of the Test match. Two wickets fell in the session. Mayank Agarwal perished in the deep in going for a pull shot. Hanuma Vuhari was induced into playing a false shot and edging to the keeper. How close can India get to the 200 mark in the third session? Resumption in 20 minutes.

    08:40 (IST)21 Feb 2020
    Last over before Tea

    Patel has bowled two maiden overs. The batsmen not going after the spinner just yet. Will we see more of Patel after the Tea break? Trent Boult bowls the last over before Tea. Pant slashes at the second ball but the ball is stopped by a dive at gully. IND 122/5 after 54.3 overs

    08:35 (IST)21 Feb 2020
    Quick running

    Rishabh Pant seems to have found a safer way of getting runs. Soft push down the leg side and runing hard to turn the single into a double. Pant looking a little more at home in the crease. Maybe Rahane has had a word with him after all. Or maybe he has decided playing counter attacking cricket is not the way to go at the moment. IND 121/5 after 53 overs

    08:29 (IST)21 Feb 2020
    Pant shows signs of frustration

    Trent Boult comes on to bowl the 51st over. Rishabh Pant swipes at a delivery. A little wildly. Is that a sign of frustration? He has been in the middle for a long time now. Has only 6 runs to show. And the next ball is wide. Pant goes wildly at it again. Troubling signs. Rahane might want to have a word with his partner. 6 off 31 balls is not the usual Pant innings, but he needs to bide his time further. And Ajaz Patel is finally brought on in the 52nd over. Spin will be seen for the first time in this match. IND 117/5 after 51 overs

    08:23 (IST)21 Feb 2020
    Boundary for Pant

    Pant gets his first boundary after 36 minutes in the middle. Swivels and hits a short ball to the fine leg region. The ball beats the fielder and gets four valuable runs. Welcome runs for Pant. IND 116/5 after 50 overs

    08:21 (IST)21 Feb 2020

    Grandhomme bowls another maiden over. Rishabh Pant plays out  dot balls this time. A tentative air about his batting still. 2 off 24 balls so far, Pant. Pant has got a Test century in Australia already, so he is no stranger to overseas runs. Can he rise up to this situation though? IND 111/5 after 49 overs

    08:17 (IST)21 Feb 2020
    Solid defence from Rahane

    Rahane is offering nothing to the bowlers. His partners have all looked shakier than him throughout the day today but Rahane has offered a solid front. He is playing exactly the sort of knock that India need. Southee and Grandhomme and continuing bowling at the moment. We are into the 49th over of seam bowling now. We are into the last half hour of the second session now. India are in no position to go after them right now though. IND 111/5 after 48 overs

    08:10 (IST)21 Feb 2020

    New Zealand are chasing wickets but there are also other chases happening. It is so windy that Williamson is seen in chase of his cap from the 30 yard circle to the boundary rope. Looking flustered.  This is one of the windiest cricket grounds in the world and it rained earlier in the morning today as well. IND 111/5 after 47 overs

    08:04 (IST)21 Feb 2020
    Southee returns

    Another maiden over by Grandhomme. Rahane remains on 34. This is the joint highest score - alongwith Mayank Agarwal - in this innings. Tim Southee replaces Jamieson. It was Southee's delivery to get Prithvi Shaw out that started the collapse. Can he put in another nail in by breaking this stand? IND 108/5 after 45 overs


    India: Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Hanuma Vihari, Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill

    New Zealand: Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling(w), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Ajaz Patel, Daryl Mitchell, Matt Henry