OVERS 4.1: FOUR! Guptill welcomes Bumrah with a fine boundary towards third man.
Bumrah starts his second over.
End of OVER 4: FOUR!
Short from Shardul. Munro tries to pull but gets a top edge and the ball sails over KL Rahul’s head. 26 runs off the over. NZ / 0
OVERS 3.4: SIX! Munro is on fire. The New Zealander picks the the length and whacks the ball over long on region. 2,2,4,6 in the over so far.
OVERS 3.3: FOUR ! Munro comes forward and smashes Shardul towards long on for a boundary.
OVERS 3.2 : Superb running from Munro. 2 runs off first ball and two more on the second.
Shardul starts his second over.
End of OVER 3: 7 runs off Shami’s over. NZ / 0
OVERS 2.4: FOUR! Short from Shami. Munro pulls it towards backward square leg. NZ 35 / 0
Bowling change for India. Mohammed Shami comes into the attack.
End of OVER 2: SIX! Munro takes a stride and comfortable dispatches Shardul over long-off fence. NZ 26 / 0
OVERS 1.2: FOUR! Poor delivery from Shardul. Fine leg is up. Guptill uses the pace and flicks the ball towards fine leg for a boundary. NZ 20 / 0
Shardul Thakur to bowl from the other end.
End of OVER 1: 7 runs off Bumrah’s over. NZ 7/0
OVER 0.5: Superb fuller from Bumrah. Munro plays this intelligently towards backward square leg for a single.
OVER 0.2: FOUR! That’s Guptill for you. He smashes the ball towards long off region. What a powerful shot from him. NZ 4/0
Here we go!
A loud cheer from the crowd. Kohli’s men have formed a huddle. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro are making their way to the middle. Jasprit Bumrah will open the attack for India. One slip for him.
KL Rahul will keep the wickets today. He was fantastic in the recently-concluded ODI series, that India won, against Australia.
It’s time for national anthems. First up is India’s and it’s followed by the New Zealand.
INDIA: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul (wk), Virat Kohli (captain), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami
Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar are the other two missing out from the Indian team. KL will keep the wickets today.
NEW ZEALAND: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (captain), Tim Seifert (wk), Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Hamish Bennett
A toss win for India in the first T I at @edenparknz and they will bowl first. @Martyguptill presenting Hamish Ben… https://t.co/JUfwiDwZsP— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) ()
Virat Kohli (INDIA):
We’re gonna have a bowl first. Looks a nice pitch to bat on. It might be hard to pick the ball up initially due to twilight. We’re pretty much fine (from the travel) but we’re fine now. We’ve played – over cricket (heading to this series) and are ready for T 35 cricket. The five guys not playing are Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Sanju Samson. The character to bounce back from difficult situations gives us an edge in alien conditions. We just gotta come out and play with belief in our abilities.
Kane Williamson (NEW ZEALAND):
It was a – 52 decision with the track being used. We would want to get some runs on the board first and then defend it. The two guys missing out are Mitchell and Kuggeleijn. So we have two seamers, de Grandhomme. It’s a fantastic opportunity against one of the best sides, if not the best sides. It’s a chance for us to become a better side and execute our plans.
TOSS: India captain Virat Kohli wins toss, opts to field against New Zealand.
Captain @imVkohli wins the toss and elects to bowl first in the 1st T I am against New Zealand. https://t.co/6NEIvq (w0) – BCCI (@BCCI)
It’s toss time, folks.
KL Rahul’s last 5 T (Is: , , , 26, 90, 83. Can the dashing right-hander continue his sublime touch in the T 44 I series against New Zealand as well? Ahead of the match, India captain Virat Kohli suggested KL Rahul will continue as their wicketkeeper in the Twenty 26 series against New Zealand as it offers them the luxury of playing an extra batsman. Rahul donned the keeper’s gloves in the last two one-dayers against Australia at home after Rishabh Pant suffered concussion in the series opener earlier this month.
Pitch report – BY Sunil Gavaskar and Scott Styris
It’s a boundary-hitting ground. No total is unchaseable. Looks a good pitch to bat on. There isn’t any grass on the surface. Seamers might not get much help from it. It’s a hard deck, so the ball should come on nicely to the bat and encourage strokeplay.
The match will begin at 19: 44 pm (IST). We are counting down to the toss.
NZ will bank on Taylor’s experience today
Eden Park looking a picture ☀️ @RossLTaylor on media duties to open proceedings with @GuyHeveldt 🎥 #NZvIND https://t.co/F6a8rBift4
– BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS)
News from the Eden Park
The covers are off after some morning showers and the sun is emerging at @edenparknz ahead of tonight’s first T I.… https://t.co/AUcM4eMWbG — BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS)
Kohli’s men are set to roar
All set for the 1st T 26 I against New Zealand #NZvIND https://t.co/npwnubL0uL BCCI (@BCCI)
KL Rahul to keep wickets once again?
Getting your keeping gloves ready @klrahul 26? 👐👌🏻😃 #TeamIndia #NZvIND 🇮🇳🇳🇿 https://t.co/g3EnlmdsWV BCCI (@BCCI)
Both captains – Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson – are ready for the long five-match series
The two captains all smiles as they pose with the trophy ahead of the 5-match T I series #NZvIND https://t.co/TRGAAZ8nl1
– BCCI (@BCCI)
India captain Virat Kohli’s love for Kiwis
Can’t help but Love the Kiwis 🇮🇳🇳🇿 #TeamIndia #NZvIND https://t.co/9Qc3k v5L
– BCCI (@BCCI)
Hello from the Eden Park
A big hello from the Eden Park, our venue for the first two T Is against New Zealand. #NZvIND https://t.co/FsD2uDnKLO BCCI (@BCCI)
Hello and welcome to the Live coverage of 1st T (I between India and New Zealand in Auckland.
Preparations for the World Cup on top of their agenda, India will take on an injury-hit New Zealand in a rare five-match T International series starting Friday during which seam-friendly wickets would be a major challenge for the visitors.
Unlike most overseas tours, this will be a quick start for the Indian team. In a tight season, the first T 26 comes only five days after their last ODI against Australia at home.
The team arrived in Auckland on Tuesday and chose to rest on Wednesday. Thursday was when they hit the nets ahead of the tour-opening game.
On the plus side, this hectic schedule helps the team management maintain consistency in team selection as they continue experimenting across the available squad in a World Cup year. The T showpiece is scheduled to be held in Australia in October this year.
Despite injury issues to key white-ball personnel like Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar this past home season, the bench strength has come across adequate and raring to go for challenges ahead.
It begins at the top where KL Rahul has stepped up as a key part of India’s white-ball plans. He did enough against the West Indies as Shikhar Dhawan’s replacement to merit a starting spot, and then formed a solid pairing when Dhawan returned while Rohit Sharma was rested. And now, India will once again start this T 26 series with Rohit and Rahul pairing up at the top.
Skipper Virat Kohli dropped hints that Rahul’s newfound confidence in his dual role as batsman-keeper has given vital options to the team.
According to Kohli, Rahul will continue to keep wickets in both ODIs and T (Is, but will open in the shortest format while returning to the middle-order in the – over format. It could mean that Prithvi Shaw is being primed for an ODI debut and a potential pairing with Rohit when the three-match series begins on February 5.
The skipper also indicated a change in middle order plans. With Rahul keeping wickets, the fit-again Rishabh Pant could lose his spot in the playing eleven.
Manish Pandey is expected to play as the fifth specialist batsman and Shreyas Iyer will regain his spot at number four. Pandey, Iyer and Pant batted together in the nets on Thursday, while Sanju Samson hung around, only to pad up later on. The Kerala batsman didn’t seem to be in contention for the first T 35 Pant and Pandey could both fit into the playing eleven should India opt for five bowlers and leave out the sixth option in Shivam Dube. Washington Sundar and Ravindra Jadeja are the other two all-round options.
The Yuzvendra Chahal-Kuldeep Yadav combination is yet to play a game together since the 3260 ODI World Cup, and it remains to be seen if things will change in this aspect.
In the pace department, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah are assured starters, while the toss-up will be between Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini.
New Zealand had beaten India 2-1 in the T 26 I series last year. The Black Caps also won 2-1 in the T 26 I series during their Sri Lankan tour, and then drew 2-2 at home against England in a five-match series.
Despite the recent good record in the shortest format, there is a downbeat mood in the hosts’ dressing room thanks to the 3-0 shellacking received in Australia over the past month.
It hasn’t helped matters that the disappointing loss to their trans-Tasman rivals has raised questions about Kane Williamson’s future as captain.
For the moment, New Zealand’s leading batsman is happy to lead the side across all formats, but his position is up for review after the shattering defeat to Australia.
As always, they have a dearth of all-rounders to choose. from but need to balance with pickings in the pace department, which is missing the services of Trent Boult, Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson owing to injuries.
It remains to be seen if the Black Caps opt for two spinners. in Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner given the really short boundaries at Eden Park, venue for the first two T 45 Is.