The first match of the two-match test series between New Zealand and India was played at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. Whom the Kiwi team won by 10 wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
The Indian team, which came out to bat in the second innings, once again started poorly and was all out for 191 runs. India set a target of just 9 runs in front of New Zealand, which the Kiwi team achieved without losing any wickets. The Kiwi team took a 1-0 lead in the series as well as 60 points of the ICC Test Championship.
India Lost the First Test Match
The first match of the two-match Test series between New Zealand and India was played at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. Whom the Kiwi team won by 10 wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the series. In this match, the Indian team lost the toss and batted first and were all out for 165 in the first innings. The batting order of the Indian team failed. Rahane had scored 46 runs.
The Kiwi team scored 348 runs in their first innings. Kiwi captain Kane Williamson (89) and Ross Taylor (44) played a crucial partnership of 93 runs. The Kiwi team had a 183-run lead on the basis of India’s first innings.
Ishant Sharma was the most successful bowler for India, taking five wickets. This was the 11th time Ishant took five wickets in Test cricket. Ashwin got three wickets and Shami-Bumrah also got one wicket in the account.
The Indian team, batting in the second innings, had a poor start once again and lost four wickets for 113 runs in front of Trent Boult’s stormy bowling. Mayank Agarwal scored 58 runs in the second innings for India. For New Zealand, Tim Southee took five wickets and Bolt took four wickets. Grandhome got one wicket. Playing debut match, Kyle Jameson took four wickets in the first innings, but he could not take a single wicket in the second innings.
India set a target of just nine runs in front of New Zealand, which the Kiwi team achieved without losing any wickets. With the Kiwi team-leading 1-0 in this series, they also scored 60 points of the ICC Test Championship. This is the 100th win in New Zealand’s Test cricket history. Tim Southee took 9 wickets for New Zealand. He was voted Man of the Match. The last match of the series will be played in Christchurch from 29 February.
First Defeat in Test Championship
This is the first defeat in the Indian team’s Test Championship. Team India had won seven matches earlier. Team India won three Tests against the West Indies, three against South Africa and two while playing with Bangladesh.
Virat said that the Need for Improvement
After the match, Virat said that the toss turned out to be very important. Virat said that our score would have been better if it was 220-230. We fell behind in the first innings and the lead put pressure on us. Virat said the bowlers performed well, though there was still a need for improvement.