Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s LIVE coverage of Day 1 of the 2nd Test match between India and New Zealand from the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Here’s Shayan again: The Maharashtra government has approved 25 per cent crowd capacity, but so far, stands are empty. One can see Sudhir Gautam waving the tri-colour from the Sachin Tendulkar stand.
On-field umpire Anil Chaudhary: We are not starting on time. Our concern is run-up and the close-in areas, so hoping for it to improve. “Our main concern is the 30-yard (circle) and the bowlers’ run-ups,” says umpire Nitin Menon. “The conditions will not be 100 per cent because it has rained last two days. But once the sunshine is out, we may get better conditions.”
TOSS DELAYED DUE TO WET OUTFIELD. INSPECTION AT 9:30 AM IST.
Our man on the ground, Shayan Acharya, has this update: Slightly soggy surface, but it hasn’t rained since last evening
Indian players limbering up before the start of first day’s play at Wankhede. – SHAYAN ACHARYA
Test cricket’s return to Mumbai after five years has been marred by incessant rains and the fear of COVID-19’s Omicron variant. It has forced the organisers to allow just 25 per cent crowd in the stadium.
However, the Test is crucial as a win here would declare the series-winner and also take them up in the ICC World Test Championship points table.
Virat Kohli’s return to the side after a short break augurs well for the host as it prepares to field the best XI. With more showers predicted, chances are high that play could be disrupted on the first day, thus making it more crucial for the teams to make a wise choice, in terms of picking the utility players.
New Zealand may add some spice with the inclusion of Neil Wagner, who had dismissed Gill and Rahane in the World Test Championship final in Southampton earlier in June.
The Kane Williamson-led side earned a draw in the first Test despite losing nine wickets, and that would certainly boost the Black Caps’ confidence ahead of the series-defining fixture.
India: Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj.
New Zealand: Tom Latham, Will Young, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor,Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell (wk) (vc), Kyle Jamieson, Rachin Ravindra, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Ajaz Patel.
Wicket-keeper: Wriddhiman Saha
Batters: Shreyas Iyer, Virat Kohli, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson
All-rounders: Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Ravindra Jadeja
Bowlers: Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson (vc), Umesh Yadav
Team composition: IND 7:4 NZ Credits left: 0.0
India: Virat Kohli (c), Mayank Agarwal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Srikar Bharat (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Siraj, Axar Patel, Prasidh Krishna, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Shubman Gill, Umesh Yadav, Jayant Yadav, Suryakumar Yadav.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell (wk), Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips (wk), Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, William Somerville, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, Will Young.
Where and when to watch India vs New Zealand 2nd Test Day 1 Live?
|IND vs NZ 2nd Test Day 1 will be aired LIVE on the Star Sports Network at 9:30 AM IST. The match will also be available for live streaming on Disney+Hotstar.|