India concluded first day’s play at 291/9 with Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav still at the crease.
New Zealand’s plan of getting into the match with three front line spinners worked thoroughly for the visitors as Santner, Marc Criag and Ish Sodhi shared a total tally of 5 wickets among themselves on the first day of this iconic Test match in Kanpur.
India started off their first innings pretty well with Murali Vijay and KL Rahul setting up the pace for the hosts. The two right-handed openers put up a stand of 42 runs before Rahul was undone by Santner after BJ Watling took a good catch behind the stumps.
The fall of Rahul’s wicket didn’t have much impact on Indian batting as Cheteshwar Pujara and Vijay were clinical in their approach. The two crossed the 60-run mark individually and put up a 112 run-stand for the second wicket.
The turning point in the innings came when Santner grabbed a sitter from Pujara to send the Saurashtra poster boy back in the hut for 62.
A regular fall of wickets then became a regular site at Green Park Stadium after skipper Virat Kohli pulled one straight to Ish Sodhi at third man off Neil Wagner. Sodhi didn’t make any mistake to grab a low catch.
Ajinkya Rahane had a rare bad outing in this first innings of the first Test while Rohit Sharma and R Ashwin got decent starts but none was able to convert them into a big score.
Wriddhiman Saha wasn’t able to continue with his run feast that he attained in West Indies as wicket-keeper batsman didn’t even open his account after the was undone by Trent Boult of an in-swinging delivery.
Ravindra Jadeja was left alone with the two right-hand seam bowlers Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav but India were soon reduced to 277/9 after Shami was cleaned up by Boult.
New Zealand now require 1 wicket to wrap up India’s first innings in Kanpur with Jadeja unbeaten at 16 while Yadav at 6 still out in the middle.
Trent Boult grabbed a late success in the day after the left-arm Kiwi quicker scalped three wickets on day one. Apart from Boult it was Santner who also bagged 3 Indian wickets.