Day 1:India won the toss and opted to bat in the first Cricket Test of a three-Test series against New Zealand at the Green Park stadium in Kanpur. Hosts were 26 for no loss in 8 overs when reports last came in. K L Rahul and Murli Vijay were on crease. This Test marks a major milestone as India is playing its 500th Test.
India are strong favourites after their recent 2-0 victory over the West Indies in a four-match away series, which saw Kohli scoring his first Test double century in Antigua.
India start the series just one point behind Pakistan, and they will be hopeful of returning to number one before Pakistan play three Tests against the West Indies in October and November.
Vijay, Pujara bring up fifties