Published On: Thu, Sep 22nd, 2016

Vijay, Pujara look steady as India reach 105/1 at lunch

Kanpur, Sep 22: India made a solid start in the opening cricket Test against New Zealand reaching 105 for 1 at lunch on the first day after opener Murali Vijay and one drop Cheteshwar Pujara conjured a half-century plus stand.

Deciding to bat in the historic 500th Test under overcast conditions, Indian batsmen looked comfortable even as New Zealand put all three spinners at work.

In-form Rahul, looked fluent during his 32 off 39 balls, before he was caught behind off a faster delivery from left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner delivery.

Other opener Vijay (39 off 88) worked the ball around to keep the scoreboard ticking and giving him company at the break was Pujara (34 off 58), who carried on with his good form in the Duleep Trophy.

Off the 31 overs in the first session, 21 were bowled by the three spinners.

Vijay was patient in his approach and helped himself with four shots to the fence while Pujara was swift and scored at a decent pace, hitting five boundaries in the process.

Earlier, Rahul made a cracking start, hitting two crisp boundaries off left-arm seamer Trent Boult in the very first over of the match.