India off to a great start in their 500th test cricket match

Kanpur: India elected to bat first in their 500th Test match, after skipper Virat Kohli won the toss, against New Zealand, in the first game of the three-match series at the Green Park in Kanpur, on Thursday.

India are 105/1 from 31 overs at Lunch interval.

Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara have done well to keep New Zealand at bay as players went in for lunch with India scoring 105 runs in the first session.

This is the start of a long home season for Kohli and his men, who are set to play 13 Test matches, with teams like England, Australia, and Bangladesh also schedulet to travel to the subcontinent, later this year.

New Zealand, who are better known for their pace attack, have surprisingly named three spinners – Mark Craig, Ish Sodhi, and Michell Santner – in their starting lineup. However, their ace fast bowler Tim Southee has been left out of the XI due to injury.

On the flip side, India have gone for a deep batting lineup, with nine recognised batsmen in the team. However, Kohli is set to miss out on the services of his most experienced paceman Ishant Sharma, who is out injured.

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