IND vs NZ, 1st Test Day 1: Shubman Gill tops India at lunch after Mayank Agarwal’s departure


Shubman Gill led India to the top in the luncheon against New Zealand. (AP image)

At lunch, Shubman Cheteshwar Pujara was unbeaten on 52 with 15 as India posted 82/1 in 29 overs.

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Young opener Shubman Gill said India Top at lunch on day one of the first Test against New Zealand at Eden Park, Kanpur. Shubman scored a brilliant century after the departure of Mayank Agarwal to put pressure on the Kiwi bowlers. The 22-year-old made his first appearance for India after the World Test Championship as he missed the England Test after suffering an injury.

At lunch, Shubman Cheteshwar Pujara was unbeaten on 52 with 15 as India posted 82/1 in 29 overs. Kyle Jamieson was the only wicket-taker for New Zealand as he bettered Mayank with a sharp out-swinger. The talented batsman failed to grab the opportunity in the absence of regular openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma as he was dismissed for just 13 runs.

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Meanwhile, Shubman was also dismissed lbw by the umpire after he did not even open his run-account, but a convincing DRS review saved him. It was the third over of the game and a quick in-swinger Tim Southee troubled the Indian opener but he took the DRS immediately after the umpire’s decision. In the TV review, it was clear that Shubman managed to get the lead on the ball as the on-field umpire had to reverse his decision.

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The 22-year-old has been playing a solid counter-attack so far with the help of five fours and a six. Pujara, on the other hand, is playing his natural game and has faced 61 balls scoring 15 runs. Both have put up a 61-run partnership for the second wicket so far.

Earlier, India’s stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and elected to bat for the first two Tests against Test world champions New Zealand at Kanpur.

The hosts picked three specialist spinners – Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel – for their first match against the Black Caps since their World Test Championship final loss in June in Southampton.

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