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Kane Williamson used his feet to negate the spinners

India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Kanpur, 3rd day

India v New Zealand: A classic that wasn't

At various points in their first innings, New Zealand's batsmen looked like they might defy the odds and give India a real scare; in the end, they did not quite manage that

Ravindra Jadeja removed Ross Taylor with a slider

India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Kanpur, 3rd day

Ravindra Jadeja, maker of differences

A 41-run stand for the last wicket, and three tail-end wickets in one over. That is the very definition of "crucial" in a low-scoring contest

Rain delayed the start of the final session on the second day

India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Kanpur, 2nd day

How a brief shower became a long delay

Boundary boards that didn't move to allow quicker removal of covers, an inexperienced ground staff, no PA system to let spectators know play is called off early. All packed in one day after celebrations of India's 500th Test

Kane Williamson used his feet to negate the spinners

India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Kanpur, 2nd day

India's spinners denied target practice

Through patience and tactful strike rotation, Tom Latham and Kane Williamson ensured New Zealand built a solid platform to challenge India's might on a slow turner

Kane Williamson and Tom Latham take a breather

India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Kanpur, 2nd day

India frustrated by New Zealand taking breaks

India have expressed frustration at what they hinted was a ploy of New Zealand batsmen to slow the game down through comfort breaks

Mitchell Santner got the only breakthrough before lunch

India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Kanpur, 1st day

India allow New Zealand to fight back and share honours

Through a mix of skills, imperfections and changes in the pitch's behaviour, the opening day in Kanpur held the attention in a manner befitting of the occasion of a landmark Test

Virat Kohli offers last-minute instructions

India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Kanpur

'India can be the best in the world' - Kohli

At the start of a big home season, with conditions to their liking, with the required ammunition in their bag, and with batsmen world over struggling to play quality spin, Virat Kohli sounded like a captain who felt his team's time has come

Virat Kohli poses with the series trophy, R Ashwin with the Man-of-the-series award

India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Kanpur

A landmark Test to start a landmark season

India, high on confidence after their recent series wins, begin the 13-Test home season with their 500th Test in Kanpur against New Zealand, a team that has shown a bit of fear of the big occasion of late