Kanpur, Sep 22: Murali Vijay (65) and Cheteshwar Pujara (62) could not capitalise on their promising starts as New Zealand bounced back by taking three wickets in the second session, leaving India at 185 for four at tea on day one of the first Test here today.
India, who elected to bat in the historic 500th Test, were on the top of the game in the morning but were put on the back-foot by the Kiwis in the post-lunch session during which they also got the crucial wicket of Indian captain Virat Kohli (9).
Left-arm spinner Michael Santner, who removed the in-form KL Rahul before lunch, got rid of Pujara while Neil Wagner saw the back of Indian captain Kohli.
Five minutes before tea, Vijay tried to cut a shortish delivery from leg-break bowler Ish Sodhi but only managed a faint edge to wicket-keeper BJ Watling.
Vijay, who shared a 112-run stand with Pujara, was patient from one end, treating the balls on merit. For someone, who was in and out of the side during the West Indies tour and scored only seven runs on the Caribbean soil, it was a good opportunity to get a big one.