New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: India batsmen except Mayank Agarwal and Ajinkya Rahane struggled as they scored 122 for the loss of five wickets on a rain-curtailed first day of the opening Test against New Zealand at Basin Reserve, Wellington on Friday.

Thunderstorms followed by rain in the middle of the tea break washed the final session. The visitors were 122 for five then after New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to field in the first Test

The umpires decided to end the day play after an inspection.

Rahane and Rishabh Pant were batting on 38 and 10 runs respectively.

For Kiwis, Kyle Jamieson scalped three wickets for 38 runs while Trent Boult and Tim Southee picked one wicket each.

Rahane who was unbeaten on 43 played 122 balls, slamming four boundaries.

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Mayank Agarwal (34 off 84 balls), who Agarwal, however, showed complete composure during the first 90 minutes, was dismissed after lunch as he tried a pull shot off Boult just after surviving a caught and bowled chance.

Among other batsmen, Prithvi Shaw and Cheteswar Pujara departed for just 16 and 11 runs respectively. A lot of hope were pinned on captain Virat Kohli (2), who also failed to prove a mark as he was quickly sent back to the pavilion.

Kohli was playing Jamieson for the bounce that the latter generated from the back of the length but in between, he decided to slip one fuller delivery on the fourth stump channel. The skipper lunged into a drive and a thickish edge was taken by the '100th Test man' Ross Raylor, standing at first slip adding to visitors agony.

(with PTI inputs)

Posted By: James Kuanal