Hello and welcome to our LIVE Coverage of the first day of the first Test between India and New Zealand in Kanpur. (SCORECARD)India From 154/1 in 48.3 ov, India lost 8 wkts for 137 runs in 41.3 ov#IndvNZ#500thTest#India500 Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) September 22, 201616.42 IST: That’s the end of play on Day 1. India 291/9 with Jadeja (16*) and Umesh Yadav (8*) as the not out batsmen. Murali Vijay top scored with 65 while Cheteshwar Pujara (62) and R Ashwin (40) made useful contributions. Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner picked up three wickets each.16.29 IST: WICKET! Trent Boult gets his third as he removes Mohammed Shami for nought. Boult is bowling with great control and he is getting the rewards. On a good length around middle, nips back into Shami who tries to defend but misses the line completely and the ball thuds into the off stump. India 277/916.20 IST: WICKET! Trent Boult gets R Ashwin with a peach of delivery. Back of a length delivery coming in from around the wicket, Ashwin is squared up a bit as he tries to defend it and gets a thick outside edge that flies towards Ross Taylor. Ashwin departs after a decent knock of 40 runs India 273/82 in 2 overs as Boult gets in on the action! Absolute peach of a delivery to take top of Saha’s off stump! 262/7 ^WN pic.twitter.com/FD8UrmEpJq BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 22, 201616.08 IST! WICKET! Another one bites the dust. Wriddhiman Saha is cleaned bowled by Trent Boult. On a good length around middle and leg, straightening a bit. Saha tries to defend it by covering the angle but misses it completely and the ball crashes into the stumps through the gap between his bat and pad. New Zealand are on top now. India 262/7 advertisement16.03 IST: WICKET! Rohit Sharma plays a half-hearted shot and pays the price for it. Mitchell Santner gets his third wicket and India lose their sixth. Tossed up around middle, Sharma dances down the track and hits it uppishly from the inside half of his bat towards mid on. Ish Sodhi, who is stationed at mid on, gets under it and pouches it safely. Santner is ecstatic and New Zealand are in a strong position now. India 261/615.54 IST: PARTNERSHIP! Rohit Sharma and R Ashwin have steadied the Indian ship with fifty partnership for the sixth wicket. India 259/5 after 81 overs 15.50 IST: New Zealand have taken the second new ball. India 256/5 after 80 overs 15:31 IST: Brilliant batting from Ashwin as he gets two successive boundaries off Wagner. First one pulled to deep midwicket and the second driven through extra-cover. India 236/5 (Rohit batting on 25 and Ashwin on 20). 15:24 IST: Rohit and Ashwin need to build a steady partnership if India are looking at a decent first innings total. India 228/5, 16 overs left for the day.Craig has a massive LBW shout on Rohit Sharma turned down. Looked pretty good, as Sharma missed his sweep shot. #close 215/5 #INDvNZ ^WN BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 22, 2016India#1stTest @ Lord’s 1932J Navle+N JeoomalWazir AliCK Nayudu*S ColahNazir AliP PaliaLall SinghJahangir KhanAmar SinghM Nissar Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) September 22, 201614.48 IST: WICKET! Ajinkya Rahane falls for 18. Flighted delivery outside off, Rahane reaches out to defend it but is not quite to the pittch of the ball and inside edges it to Tom Latham at short leg who grabs an easy catch. India 209/5 14.44 IST: Rohit Sharma is not shy off punishing the odd balls. He takes on Ish Sodhi and hits him for six and a four in one over. India 209/4 after 63 overs 14.10 IST: TEA! India reach 185/4 at the end of second session. New Zealand have bounced back well in the second session and picked up three crucial wickets not allowing the Indian batsmen to run away with the show. Mitchell Santner extracted a good amount of turn from the pitch and kept the Indian top order guessing with his intelligent bowling. He broke the century partnership between Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara when he sent the latter back to the pavilion with a crafty delivery. 14.07 IST: WICKET! India lose their third wicket in the session as Murali Vijay departs for 65 off the bowling of Ish Sodhi just before tea. Flatter one outside off, skids on after pitching, Vijay waits for it and looks to cut off the back foot but fails to connect it cleanly. The ball catches the outside edge of the bat and goes straight into the gloves of Watling, who takes another good catch. India 185/4 #500thTest a historic moment fr cricket lovers #indvsnz began w/ national anthem in the presence of cricket legends. pic.twitter.com/4WJKzKIVh6 Lt. Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) September 22, 2016Virat Kohli since his 200 in Antigua60 runs in 4 innings#IndvNZ#500thTest#India500advertisement Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) September 22, 201613.39 IST: WICKET! Virat Kohli flops in the first innings of India’s 500th Test. Neil Wagner bangs in short, angling in, Kohli looks to pull but gets a top edge high into the air. Ish Sodhi at fine leg runs in, gets himself placed under it and take a well-judged catch. Short ball does the trick for Wagner and the skipper has to walk back. India 167/313.25 IST: WICKET! Cheteshwar Pujara departs for 62, becoming Mitchell Santner’s second victim. Pitched up delivery around middle and off, Pujara looks to drive but hits it straight back to the bowler. Santner grabs it without any hesitation. Pujara is frustrated with himself and bangs the bat hard into the ground in frustration. India 154/284 years of Test cricket!1st 42 years: 19 wins (win% 14.50)next 42 years: 110 wins (win% 29.89)#India500 Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) September 22, 201613.10 IST: Did you know? India have played 249 Tests at home and 251 away. Today is the 30th anniversary of the famous tied Test at Madras. pic.twitter.com/3kTc3UFsz2 Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) September 22, 201613.05 IST: PARTNERSHIP! Vijay and Pujara have added 100 runs for the second wicket. The duo has batted fabulously so far. India 145/1 after 45 oversCheteshwar Pujara celebrates his fifty (AP Photo) #TeamIndia batsmen @mvj888 and @cheteshwar1 celebrate their respective 50s #500thTest @Paytm Test Cricket pic.twitter.com/E3WzfLsnny BCCI (@BCCI) September 22, 201612.50 IST: FIFTY! In-form Cheteshwar Pujara too gets to his half-century, his eighth in Test cricket. He took 84 balls to reach his fifty. India 137/1 after 41 oversMurali Vijay scored his 13th fifty (AP Photo) 12.47 IST: FIFTY! Murali Vijay slams his 13th half-century off 119 balls. He has batted exceedingly well to reach his fifty. India 133/1 after 40 overs 12.34 IST: Both Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara have moved into 40s now. India 122/1 after 37 overs12.16 IST: Trent Boult starts proceedings after lunch. Murali Vijay gets a thick outside edge to a rising delivery but it falls between keeper and second slip. India 110/1 after 32 overs Trent Boult to begin after lunch. An early edge runs for 4. India 109/1. Sodhi from the other end #INDvNZ ^WN pic.twitter.com/Eyekt3I8w4 BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 22, 201611.30 IST: LUNCH! It has been an excellent session for India. They have recovered well after KL Rahul’s departure, with Pujara and Vijay stitching together a 63-run stand for the second wicket. India 105/1 in 31 overs11.17 IST: PARTNERSHIP! Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara have put on 52-run stand for the second wicket. India 94/1 in 27 overs 11:08 IST: Legspinner Ish Sodhi introduced into the attack with India 86/1. 11:03 IST: There looks to be nothing much on offer for the spinners as Vijay and Pujara take control by raising the ante. Both batsmen are also not afraid coming down the track. India 86/1 (Vijay 32, Pujara 22).1sr hour done & time for a drink. India started well after winning toss & batting but Santner’s wicket has halted momentum. 50/1 #INDvNZ ^WN BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 22, 2016Hope the 500th test for @BCCI and team India is a cracker. A great honor to all playing. Good luck to them and @BLACKCAPS.advertisement Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) September 22, 2016Best plan 4 d rainy day 2dy?Switch d TV on at 9:30 am & stay glued to d landmark 500th test 4 r team! All d best TEAM INDIA @imVkohli @BCCI Suniel Shetty (@SunielVShetty) September 22, 201610:26 IST: Cheteshwar Pujara is the new man at the crease. He is coming into the series on the back of an impressive Duleep Trophy outing, where the Saurashtra batsman got scores of 166 and 256.New Zealand players celebrate Rahul’s wicket (AP Photo)10:18 IST: WICKET! Santner draws first blood by sending back KL Rahul for 32 caught behind. Rahul fell immediately just after hitting the left-arm spinner for a six the previous ball. India 42/1. 10.06 IST: New Zealand introduce spin in the 9th over. Mitchell Santner comes into the attack, replacing Trent Boult. Boult and Wagner to begin with ball. Vijay and Rahul opening for India. Crowd are pretty fired up! #INDvNZ ^WN pic.twitter.com/iXHlRGZd6w BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 22, 2016Kane Williamson presented with a few mementos for being involved in India’s 500th Test #indvnz ^CE pic.twitter.com/SbKMC5B33h BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 22, 2016It begins #INDvNZ #1stTest pic.twitter.com/t7t1cjd8YD BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 22, 2016JAI HIND – #500thTest @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/d3pGhAoLL1 BCCI (@BCCI) September 22, 201609.47 IST: Neil Wagner too bowls a maiden over. He also tests Murali Vijay a couple of short of length deliveries. India 12/0 after 4 overs09.43 IST: Trent Boult bounces back with a maiden. India 12/0 after 3 overs 09.34 IST: KL Rahul gets India off to a flying start as he hits Trent Boult for a couple of boundaries. India 8/0 (1 over) Former #TeamIndia Captains felicitated ahead of #500thTest – @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/OzZGhQn4p0 BCCI (@BCCI) September 22, 2016IND XI: M Vijay, L Rahul, C Pujara, V Kohli, A Rahane, R Sharma, R Ashwin, W Saha, R Jadeja, M Shami, U Yadav BCCI (@BCCI) September 22, 2016NZ XI: T Latham, M Guptill, K Williamson, R Taylor, L Ronchi, M Santner, BJ Watling, M Craig, I Sodhi, T Boult, N Wagner BCCI (@BCCI) September 22, 2016India have won the toss in the opening Test in Kanpur and will bat first #indvnz ^CE pic.twitter.com/TAyr5lx6TT BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 22, 201609.01 IST: TOSS! India opt to bat first vs New Zealand. 08.59 IST: PITCH REPORT! It’s a bat first surface. Spin will come in play from Day 3: Sunil GavaskarIt’s about time #500thTest #INDvNZ #TeamIndia @Paytm Test Cricket pic.twitter.com/NuVWJR2TDY BCCI (@BCCI) September 22, 2016Wishing Team India lot’s of success in the upcoming NZ series??? #indvsnz @BCCI VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) September 22, 2016And they are off. Time for the #500thTest to unfold in a bit #TeamIndia @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/wLzjUkOmSR BCCI (@BCCI) September 22, 2016Overcast early morning here in Kanpur ahead of the 1st Test #INDvNZStill almost 30 deg cel at 7 in the morning! ^WN pic.twitter.com/1vlXTPmXSy BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 22, 2016#TeamIndia Test captain @imVkohli and batting legend @sachin_rt in an intense discussion at the #500thTest function @Paytm Test Cricket pic.twitter.com/7vkIINFOzD BCCI (@BCCI) September 21, 2016PREVIEWIndia will be targeting the Test team top spot when they face New Zealand in their historic 500th match starting here on Thursday. (India can be the best in Test after bumper season: Virat Kohli)The contest is primarily being viewed as a battle between the New Zealand batsmen and the spin-oriented Indian bowlers in conditions favouring the home team in the three-match series. (India’s iconic series wins: Historic England triumph, Sehwag mauls Sri Lanka)Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will be leading the Indian bowling attack while Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson is the star batting attraction for the visitors. (Kumble’s Perfect-10 to Sehwag’s Multan-triple: Iconic performances in India’s 500-Test history)#TeamIndia coach @anilkumble1074 taking a close look at the pitch on the eve of the 1st Test #INDvNZ @Paytm pic.twitter.com/s3J4UGQ7nJ BCCI (@BCCI) September 21, 2016The Green Park pitch here promises to be a spin-friendly wicket and the Indian tweakers will play a major role in the hosts’ ambition to become the top team. But all their plans can be dampened by rain as heavy downpour is forecast in the city’s next six-day weather reports. (Curator promises sporting pitch)JIMMY NEESHAM OUT INJUREDA rib injury to all-rounder Jimmy Neesham, who has been ruled out of the first Test, has also hampered their preparations. He is expected to be fit for the second Test, beginning on September 30 in Kolkata, hence New Zealand have opted not to name any replacements. (India vs New Zealand: Five reasons why Black Caps can stun fancied hosts in Kanpur)He picked up the injury during training last Thursday, and it had affected his participation in the warm-up fixture against Mumbai in Delhi. He didn’t bat in either innings and bowled just five overs. (India historically a dominant force vs New Zealand: A stats preview)NO ISHANT, BIG TEST FOR ROHITIndia will also be without their experienced Delhi pacer Ishant Sharma, who is recovering from the mosquito-borne viral infection chikungunya.The series will be a big test for the seasoned Rohit Sharma and opener Shikhar Dhawan, whose talent has always been a topic of discussion. (Mahendra Singh Dhoni named captain of Wisden’s all-time India Test XI)HOW INDIA CAN BECOME NO.1A 1-0 or 2-1 win will take India to 111 points, similar to current top spot holder Pakistan but ahead of them on decimal points while a 2-0 win margin will see India surge ahead at 113 points.A 3-0 win will move India to 115 points. New Zealand, which is currently on 95 points, will remain at the seventh position with any of these margins with the maximum drop to 91 points in case they lose all the three matches.A 1-1 series draw will result in India dropping to the fourth position on 108 points and New Zealand rising to fifth on 97 points.If New Zealand is able to beat India by 1-0 or 2-1, they will move to the fifth position at 100 points with India one slot ahead on fourth with 104 points. New Zealand can overtake India to take the fourth position only with an improbable 3-0 win.Should India go to the top of the rankings, it would be the third time this year and fourth overall.