India and New Zealand are yet again at each other’s face this time for the two-match test series starting from Basin Reserve test match at ‘Windy’ Wellington. The series will be very critical for both the teams from ICC Test Championship point of view.
While team India will look to strengthen their position at the top of the ICC Test Championship Points Table, New Zealand will try to recover from the maulinghanded by Australia in the recent three match test series at the beginning of this year.
The toss has always been an important factor in New Zealand as the greenish pitch and overhead conditions coupled with the history always tempts the bowlers to have a first go at the surface.
Just before the toss in the first match, the Board of Control for Cricket in India [BCCI] shared a photo of Indian skipper on Instagram with a caption: “Let’s put on our thinking caps and caption this? The best one will feature right here. Go.Go.Go #NZvIND.”
In the photo, Virat Kohli, the Indian Captain can be seen going out for toss in the Indian blazer. However, Shreyas Iyer– India’s incumbent No.4 in white-ball cricket- looked at the funny side of the Indian Captain’s feet movement to came up with a hilarious dig on the post. shreyas Iyer commented, ‘Ke ghungroo toot Gaye!’, making the fun of his captain’s pose.
Coming to the match, Kane Williamson invited India to bat first on a greenish wicket. And New Zealand bowlers repaid their captain’s faith by bowling out a strong Indian Batting line-up for just 165 runs in the first innings. Indian batsman could not even manage to play out even 70 overs as only Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (46) managed to score some runs.
New Zealand started very cautiously in their first innings as the openers managed to keep Indian Bowler’s at bay till the lunch on day 2. But Ishant Sharma, returning from injury, managed to get Tom Lathan strangled down the leg-side to draw first blood for India after lunch.
Kane Williamson, New Zealand Captain, then took the onus on himself and shared a couple of good partnerships with Tom Blundell and Ross Taylor to put New Zealand in the lead. But Indian bowlers manage to stage a little comeback in the final session of day 2 as they picked up 3 wickets in the final session. New Zealand finished the day 2 at 216/5 with well ahead of team India in the first innings.