Murali Vijay, the Indian opener, was adjudged out caught by the wicketkeeper by a ball going down the leg side, as New Zealand celebrated their first wicket in India’s chase of 407 in the first Test at Eden Park, Auckland. Vijay had scored 13 off 20 balls, before his natural tendency to shape to play the glance down leg fooled the umpire into believing the batsman had got an edge through to the wicketkeeper BJ Watling. India, though, put up a strong fight in the innings, and fell short of their challenging target by only 41 runs. Shikhar Dhawan, the other opener, scored a century, and middle-order batsman Virat Kohli scored a half-century to lead India’s charge. The loss handed New Zealand a 1-0 lead; the lead was clung on to by the hosts in the two-Test series. READ: Murali Vijay targets strong performance against South Africa

The match, though, was far from India’s grasp after the first innings. The captain Brendon McCullum scored a double-century and Kane Williamson scored a century to steer New Zealand to a mammoth 503, after they were inserted in by India. In reply, India folded for 202, with only Rohit Sharma, the middle-order batsman, scoring a half-century (72). The wickets were shared around, with Neil Wagner (4), Trent Boult (3) and Tim Southee (3) sharing all the wickets.

The turnaround for India began when New Zealand, in their second innings, stuttered to 25 for 5, and were eventually bowled out for 105. The target, though, proved to be a little too much for the visitors in the end.