Live Cricket Score: India vs New Zealand, 1st Test at Hyderabad - Day one

Gautam Gambhir bats during a training session ahead of the first Test AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Hyderabad: Aug 23, 2012

India will aim for total domination against a lowly New Zealand, as their first Test begins on Thursday at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.

A reality check awaits the Indian cricket team as they begin life without the famed batting duo of Rahul Dravidand VVS Laxman when they take on a lowly New Zealand in the first Test of the two-match series on Thursday.

Sachin Tendulkar is the only player left of the ‘Fabulous Five’ brigade after Sourav Ganguly, followed by Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, and most recently, VVS Laxman bid adieu to international cricket.

Now the challenge for India is to overcome the transition phase in the upcoming home season, in which the team would play 10 Tests, 13 ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals, apart from the ICC World T20 in Sri Lanka in September.

It is no secret that the mighty Australians are still struggling after the fading away of their cricketing greats.

Teams:

India: Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c&wk), R Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha, Umesh Yadav.

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, Daniel Flynn, Ross Taylor (c), Kane Williamson, James Franklin, Kruger van Wyk (wk), Doug Bracewell, Jeetan Patel, Chris Martin, Trent Boult


Catch live scores anf ball-by-ball commentary of the first day’s play here