NZ vs IND 1st Test: India lose half their side for just 122 on Day 1 at Wellington

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NZ vs IND 1st Test: India lose half their side for just 122 on Day 1 at Wellington
New Zealand vs India, Wellington Test. (Image Source: Twitter)

Hosts New Zealand prepared an absolute green-top to test the tenacity of the mighty Indian batting lineup at Basin Reserve in Wellington.

The first day of the Test match belonged to debutant Kyle Jamieson who translated his dream debut from the One-Dayers to the Test matches as well.

Opener Prithvi Shaw lost his wicket to an absolute peach from Tim Southee upfront, after his positive start.

Jamieson then picked up his first Test wicket by delivering another peach to Cheteshwar Pujara. Then, he took the prized scalp of Virat Kohli, through the familiar outside the off-stump line.

By lunch, India was tottering at 79 for the loss of three wickets. Later on, the debutant ended the vigil of Mayank Agarwal, who looked solid at one end, with a catch in fine-leg, off the bowling of Trent Boult.

Jamieson completed his dream start to his Test career by picking up the wicket of Hanuma Vihari with yet another quality delivery. All his wickets were catches to the wicketkeeper and slip-cordon.

It was only Ajinkya Rahane, India’s green-top specialist, who impressed with his unbeaten knock of 38, with four classical boundaries.

At Tea, India ended up with 122 runs, losing half their side. Continuous rain prohibited further action in the day’s play.

With Rishabh Pant just managing to survive at the other end, India would hope Rahane repeats his feat at Lord’s back in 2014, which was also on similar condition and situation, and post a respectable total in front of the Kiwis.

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