Win the toss and bat first has been the cardinal rule on Indian tracks, but the slight greenish tinge on the Green Park strip in Kanpur coupled with the overcast conditions might have swayed both India’s Virat Kohli and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson’s decision at the toss. Kohli, however, went on to win the toss in India’s 500th Test match and opted to bat, and within an hour of play it was evident that underneath the green surface was a typical Indian Day 1 batting track. Indian batsmen made the most of it in the first session, but let the advantage slip later on. New Zealand mounted a superb comeback lead by left -arm spinner Mitchell Santner (3/77) and pacer Trent Boult (3/57) to restrict India to 291 for nine at close of play on Day 1.
Test half-century #13 for Murali Vijay and #8 for Cheteshwar Pujara. The duo has thwarted New Zealand’s attempts at forcing a breakthrough here. The sun is out, conditions have eased and the Indian pair has settled in nicely. Kane Williamson has thrown all his three spinners at the batsmen, but without any success. India 291/9 (Vijay 65, Pujara 62; Santner 3/77, Boult 3/57) vs New Zealand