Hagley Oval, Christchurch cricket ground hosted a total of 24 test cricket matches from 2014 to 2018. The highest total of this venue is 585/4d scored by the home team New Zealand against Sri Lanka in December 2018. The visitor team India will play their first-ever test cricket match at this ground.
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The Hagley Oval pitch looks green with approximately 12mm grass, which is less in length than what the Basin in Wellington had. It is expected to be quicker than Wellington, and perhaps flatten out more, maybe after day two. There should not be more than the odd interruption from the weather.
Toss: New Zealand chose to field.
Heads says Kohli, tails it is. Kane Williamson opts to bowl. As expected, Neil Wagner comes in for Ajaz Patel. Kohli says he too would’ve bowled. “Have to be ready to do the difficult things,” he says. Ishant misses out after spraining his ankle at practice, Umesh comes in. And Jadeja’s in for Ashwin.
India team: 1 Mayank Agarwal, 2 Prithvi Shaw, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli (capt.), 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 Hanuma Vihari, 7 Rishabh Pant (wk), 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Umesh Yadav, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Jasprit Bumrah.
New Zealand team: 1 Tom Latham, 2 Tom Blundell, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Henry Nicholls, 6 BJ Watling (wk), 7 Colin de Grandhomme, 8 Kyle Jamieson, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Neil Wagner, 11 Trent Boult.