Ajinkya Rahane led India in the first Test without Kohli. The Kiwis were led by Kane Williamson. With Kohli returning in the second innings and Williamson withdrawing from injury, the Mumbai Test witnessed the rarity of four captains leading the team in a two – match Test series. For the first time in 132 years in Test cricket, four captains will lead the team in a two-match Test series.
The last four captains to lead the team were in a Test series between South Africa and England in 1889. Owen Dunnel led South Africa in the first Test, William Milton in the second Test, C Obery Smith in the first Test and Monty Bowden in the second Test.
India won the toss and elected to bat India made three changes to the team that played the first Test in Kanpur in the second Test. Rahane, pacer Ishant Sharma and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who captained India in the last Test, were ruled out due to injuries while Kohli, Jayant Yadav and Mohammad Siraj were included in the squad.
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At stumps on the first day of the Test, India were 221 for four. Opening batsman Mayank Agarwal’s century gave India a better score. Mayank Wankhede scored his fourth Test century.
Mayank hit 120 off 246 balls with 14 fours and four sixes while Saha hit 25 off 53 balls with three fours and a six. The duo have combined for 61 runs for the fifth wicket so far. Shubhman Gill (44), Virat Kohli (0), Cheteshwar Pujara (0) and Shreyas Iyer (18) were the other wicket-takers for India. Ajaz Patel took all four wickets.
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The match started late on the first day after the outfield got wet due to rain. Only 70 overs were bowled on the first day.