Virat Kohli's lean patch on New Zealand tour continues

Tanya Simon
February 22, 2020

Before even considering the nerves and uncertainty that comes with a debut in the pinnacle of cricket, or the unknown of a step up to the top level, Jamieson's task in the Black Caps' first test against India was already significant, purely from the company he was keeping.

Meanwhile, Agarwal survived the first session against the quality bowling from Tim Southee, Trent Boult, and debutant Kyle Jamieson along with the windy conditions.

Indian batsmen with the exception of Ajinkya Rahane and Mayank Agarwal struggled as they scored 122 for 5 on the rain-curtailed first day of the opening Test against New Zealand here on Friday.

Rain during the tea break forced an early end, with play called for the day at 5.30pm with New Zealand in command and looking to deliver the potential knockout blows on Saturday.

Throughout his ongoing tour of New Zealand so far, Kohli has managed to amass just 180 runs-125 runs in four T20Is and 75 runs in three ODIs.

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Tim Southee took three wickets to run through India's tail and help dismiss the tourists for 165 about an hour before lunch on the second day of the first test at the Basin Reserve today. Picked for his debut only because Neil Wagner withdrew from the squad as he awaited the birth of his first child, Jamieson's first Test wicket came as Pujara edged a peach of a delivery behind.

Southee skittled Ravichandran Ashwin first ball then got the prized wicket of Rahane (46 off 138 balls) who looked to leave one alone but got a touch on an outswinger.

"The pitch was one of the bounciest that I've played on". Rishabh pant got the nod ahead of Wriddhiman Saha for his batting prowess.

Rahane himself departed soon after, edging an easy catch to BJ Watling behind the stumps.

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