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1st Test Live: Shreyas Iyer makes debut as India opt to bat

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Jamieson to Mayank | OUT!

Kyle Jamieson draws first blood! A teasing delivery just outside the line of the off stump and Mayank Agarwal pokes at it. Outside edge and the ball goes straight into the hands of Tom Blundell behind the stumps. Mayank departs for 13. IND 21/1 after 7.5 overs

Ajaz Patel starts with a maiden!

An interesting first over from Ajaz Patel! Sharp turn and a lowey, varieties in the first over itself from Ajaz with the new ball. Kyle Jamieson to continue from the other end.

Bowling change | Kiwis bring in spinner early!

Surprise move from Kane Williamson. He has brought in left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel in the 7th over. He replaces Tim Southee. IND 17/0 after 6 overs

Southee to Mayank | FOUR!

Streaky!!! First boundary of the match. A beautiful away swinger from Tim Southee and Mayank Agarwal gets a thick-ish outside edge. Played it with soft hand as the ball dies to the keeper. Goes through between the keeper and first slip and races to the fence. IND 15/0 after 4.5 overs

Southee hits Gill on the pads | Survives with the help of a review!

Pheww! That was pretty close but Shubman Gill gets his bat down just in time. A cracker of a delivery from Tim Southee and it struck Shubman right in front. The original decision from the umpire was out and Gill went for the review straightaway. Ultra-Edge confirms that the ball hit the inside edge before hitting Gill's front pad. Gill survives an LBW call early! IND 3/0 after 2.3 overs

Southee on the mark straightaway | Jamieson to share the new ball with him

A tidy first over from Tim Southee. A hint of away movement in the first over from him. Mayank Agarwal opens his and India's account in the first over. Kyle Jamieson to share the new ball with Southee from the other end. IND 3/0 after 1 over.

Day 1 Session 1 gets underway in Kanpur!

National anthems done! Shubman Gill and Mayank Agarwal are in the middle to open for India. Tim Southee has the new ball in hand for New Zealand. Three slips and a gully in place for Southee. Mayank on strike. Here we go!

It (preparation) has been good. I was part of the IPL, didn't play but was training and preparing whenever I got time. So, the prep has been good. We also had a good practice session in Mumbai. It's good to be back playing at home because we haven't played in India for a while now. Their (Virat, Rohit) absence does give the others a chance to prove themselves. It (responsibility) is there obviously but I don't think I should think too much about it. This track was a bit slow the last time we played here, but did spin later.

Cheteshwar Pujara

Team news!

So, India have gone in with three spinners, two seamers combination. Shreyas Iyer makes his Test debut for India. New Zealand have gone in with the bowling combination of 2 spinners, 2 seamers and a spinning all-rounder in form of Rachin Ravindra.

India XI

Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane(c), Shreyas Iyer, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav

New Zealand XI

Tom Latham, Will Young, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell(w), Rachin Ravindra, Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel, Kyle Jamieson, William Somerville

We would have batted first as well. Looking forward to this challenge. It's mixed, but it's okay. Ajaz Patel and Somerviller have done well. We are going in with two spinners, two pacers and a spinning all-rounder debut in Rachin Ravinda.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson

Looking to bat first. Pitch looks really good. Generally slows down later on here. Shreyas is making his debut. We are all excited to play under the new coaching staff. I personally enjoy playing under Rahul bhai. New Zealand are a quality side. 3 spinners, 2 seamers.

India skipper Ajinkya Rahane at the toss

Toss news!

India stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane wins the toss, opts to bat first against New Zealand in Kanpur

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Last time a Test match was played here was five years ago. It was India-New Zealand back then as well. Looks very similar to the one used five years ago. Bereft of grass. We can see cracks opening up. It will be good for batting early on, but those cracks will open up. Maybe play up and down later on. The cracks are prominent already and the edges are wobbly. Ball will turn and looks abrasive as well, so reverse swing will come into play as well. I like this concept of home series, home pitch. You turn in New Zealand it looks very green. You come here this is what you expect. So players have got to adapt

Deep Dasgupta and Simon Doull in Pitch Report

A moment to cherish forever!

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Shreyas Iyer - Test player no. 303 for India

So, Shreyas Iyer will indeed be making his Test debut today! He has been handed the India Test cap by legendary Sunil Gavaskar. We are all in readiness! Just under 5 minutes to go for the toss.

For Black Caps, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner will be the two pacers with left-arm spin duo of Ajaz Patel and Mitchell Santner along with off-spinner William Somerville likely to complete the attack.

His battle with a technician-par-excellence Williamson will be a treat for lovers of Test cricket but the seasoned players like Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls will have their task cut-out against Ashwin and Jadeja.

But one man, itching to go out there and reaffirm his status as world's number one spinner will be Ravichandran Ashwin, who had been licking his wounds for the past few months after a royal snub by regular captain Kohli during the last series.

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