India off to strong start in Kanpur despite Rahul exit

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Latham was batting on 56 at the break, while Williamson was on 65 with New Zealand trailing India by 166 runs at Kanpur's Green Park Stadium where a light drizzle started soon after tea was taken. Speaking about the batting failure, Vijay said, "We got out to loose shots as well and wicket was deteriorating as well, so we really got to be patient on this wicket".

Left-arm spinner Santner and pace spearhead Boult took three wickets each to plot India's downfall after the hosts looked strongly placed on 154 for one in the country's 500th Test.

Cricket score India vs New Zealand Test 1 day 2 at Kanpur: The Kiwis were quite mature in their innings as they focused on taking singles and twos with an odd boundary. The Indian captain was caught at short leg for nine runs, trying to pull a bouncer off Neil Wagner.

India began their proceedings in a very confident manner, as Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay combated the bowling attack of Kiwis easily.

Where India have opted for just two spinners, quality operators in Ravi Ashwin and Ravi Jadeja, New Zealand have gone for three - offspinner Mark Craig, leggie Ish Sodhi and Santner. "We have put some runs on the board". Rohit Sharma (35) once again got a start but again fell when he looked set for a substantial contribution on pitch which assisted the spinners to some extent but could not be termed a "rank turner".

Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin then briefly steadied the ship putting on 52 before the former threw his wicket away for the umpteenth time in his Test career, chipping Santner to long on. "We expect very good competition and good hard-fought cricket", Kohli said of his opposite number Kane Williamson.

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"We stuck to our plans reasonably well and managed to get a couple more towards the end to be in not a bad position going into tomorrow", Santner said.

It didn't immediately reap rewards but when Pujara got tangled up and spooned a simple return catch back to Santner the door was ajar for New Zealand. So all we've got to do now is go out there and put pressure on them while bowling.

With the wicket nearly certain to deteriorate as the game progresses, the total may still prove decisive since New Zealand have to bat last after losing the toss.

Rahul slapped Santner into the crowd at square leg and Pujara played perhaps the shot of the morning, easing Craig wide of mid on to the boundary.

"The way they rotated the strike, their left hand-right hand combination throughout the partnership was crucial".

While Indian bowlers struggled for wickets after that dismissal, Ravindra Jadeja nearly got India the second breakthrough in the 36th over when Latham was caught at short leg.