After a disappointing T20 world cup in United Arab Emirates(UAE), Indian team returned back to the country to host New Zealand for the three match T20 series where they crushed the visitors 3-0. The action next moved to the test matches which will be crucial for both team’s position in world test championship points table.
The first test started in Green Park of Kanpur on Thursday and India led by Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and batted first on a track which will going to be batsman’s paradise in the starting two days. In the absence of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill opened the batting for India and battled the new ball bowlers of New Zealand.
Crowd chants Pakistan Murdabad
Huge crowd is expected in India whenever the home team plays and the cheers were huge in Green Parks before a chant bagged all the eyeballs. It was in the sixth over of the first session of play when a group of fans chanted “Pakistan Murdabad”
Pakistan Murdabad meaning in English– praying for the demise or death of Pakistan.
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India had many political differences with Pakistan ever since the partition of the two countries in 1947 but the cricketing ties between the neighbors were discontinued after the Mumbai 26/11 attack and ever since then, Pakistan just toured India for a short limited overs series in 2012/13 and have just squared off in the Asia or World level cricket tournaments.
The two teams recently faced in the T20 world cup where Pakistan managed to beat India by 10 wickets and also win their first ever world cup match against their arch rivals.
At the time of writing, India were 127/3 in the post lunch session. India lost Mayank Agarwal(13) early to Kyle Jamieson but a 61 run stand between Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara ensured that Kiwi bowlers could not cause further damage. However, in the starting few minutes of the post lunch session, Jamieson bowled Gill(52) and it totally looked lack of concentration from the Punjab batter as his misery to convert the starts to big total continues. Pujara looked solid but a great ball from Tim Southee ensured to send him packing and India were in a spot of bother at 106/3 with debutant Shreyas Iyer and skipper Rahane in the middle for India.