Live Updates

  • 4:01 AM IST

    Done and dusted with the National Anthems. Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal walk out to the middle. New Zealand players are in a huddle and some last few words of advice from their skipper before they disperse onto the field.

  • 3:56 AM IST

    Out come the players on the ground!

  • 3:52 AM IST

    Ajinkya Rahane is up for an interview. He says the last couple of days have been very good, Wellington is a tricky place but they have had a couple of good practice session and they are up for the game. States the last time they came here, it was tricky but they need to adapt to the situation, they are playing after a long time and he is looking forward to this game. Ends by saying each and every game is important as it is a part of the WTC and they need to be at their best.

  • 3:41 AM IST

    INDIA (PLAYING XI) – Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.

  • 3:40 AM IST

    NEW ZEALAND (PLAYING XI) – Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (WK), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult.

  • 3:40 AM IST

    India skipper, Virat Kohli says they wanted to bowl first too, it is overcast conditions but the wicket seems much better than it was two days ago and they need to bat well. Informs Saha, Jadeja, Gill, Saini and Yadav miss out. States the wind is a big factor here and they need to adapt to that, their bowling is very experience now and they know what to do and they are ready for whatever comes their way.

  • 3:40 AM IST

    New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson says it is a little bit soft on the top, there has always been green tinge on the wicket but they need to land it on the right areas. Informs Daryll Mitchell misses out, the wicket looks a little different with a brown tinge and they want to make use of it early on. States it is a very good opportunity for Jamison and he hopes he can do well.

  • 3:40 AM IST

    TOSS – It’s toss time in Wellington. Kane Williamson will flip the coin. Virat Kohli calls heads and it lands in favour of Kane Williamson. NEW ZEALAND WIN THE TOSS AND WILL BOWL FIRST!

  • 3:40 AM IST

    The Kiwis on the other hand, were blown away the last time they played a Test series, it was against the Aussies. They were whitewashed there and then were whitewashed against India too in the T20I series. However, they made a strong comeback after that and whitewashed the Indians in the 50-over format. They have winning momentum on their side at the moment and surely they would be eager to carry forward it and continue that momentum. Can they do so? We will find out. Welcome to the coverage.

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