Jimmy Neesham was not too happy that New Zealand lost the draw on Thursday.© TBEN
India got off to a good start on day one of the opener against New Zealand in Kanpur on Thursday as young opener Shubman Gill reached half a century in the opener. India lost Mayank Agarwal early in the heats, but Gill teamed up with Cheteshwar Pujara to stabilize the ship. Earlier today, India’s substitute captain Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and chose to strike first. Incidentally, this was the fourth consecutive New Zealand tour of India that the hosts have won the draw. India had won the draw in all three matches of the T20I series. The hosts would then sweep the three-game series 3-0.
With India boasting a solid record after winning the home draw in the cricket test, New Zealand will see their task reduced at Kanpur.
With the Kiwis failing to win another draw, versatile Jimmy Neesham didn’t seem too happy. The 31-year-old, who is not on the New Zealand test team, took to Twitter to comment on the squad’s misfortune.
“Can someone take a closer look at these parts, please?” Wrote Neesham, who is known for his wry humor.
Can someone take a closer look at these parts please? #INDvNZ
– Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) 25 November 2021
New Zealand got off to a good start as Kyle Jamieson pulled Mayank out early on. However, Gill and Pujara controlled the proceedings for the remainder of the first session to put India in a strong position at lunch.
India is missing a few regular players in this series, with Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Rishabh Pant resting and KL Rahul injured.
Skipper Virat Kohli is also on hiatus and will return to the team for the second Test in Mumbai.
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