The India national cricket team faces their counterparts from New Zealand on day one of the First Test match between the two countries. The match will stream live on Thursday when India plays a match that brings them to a historic milestone. The Test will actually be held on Wednesday night in most of the United States due to the time difference.
The match will be Test number 500 for the India cricket team, going back to 1932 when what was then called the "All India" team played a three-day Test match against England at the iconic Lord's Cricket Ground in London.
@imVkohli & Co. will eye top spot in Test rankings against the Black Caps#INDvNZ https://t.co/1pBN6DstwlIndia lost that match by 158 runs. But 499 Test matches and 84 years later, the situation looks very different for the India national side, which currently ranks in second place on the ICC world Test rankings table behind arch-rival Pakistan.
— T2 Online (@T2_Online) September 21, 2016
But trailing Pakistan by just 19 points on the ICC table, a winning performance in the three-match Test series against New Zealand could easily elevate India to the world's top spot.
And against New Zealand, a team that has won only twice on Indian pitches against 13 losses and 16 draws, India appears primed to grab that coveted number one ranking.
Watch a preview of the First Test between India and New Zealand from One India News in the video below.
Conditions at Green Park in sweltering Kanpur would again appear to favor the devastating India spin attack with cracks already appearing in the arid pitch three days before play was scheduled to commence.
New Zealand Captain Kane Williamson of the visiting squad will be to gain as much information as possible during the first hour of the Test and make the necessary adjustments.
"You do want to go into the matches as educated as you can be to try and apply your plans. That's where it is important for experience among players to come into it. Bowlers, batters to adjust quickly. You do learn a lot in the first hour of a Test match. It's important you adapt quickly in those conditions to get the best out of them."To find out how to watch a live stream of the first India vs. New Zealand cricket Test match, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. First ball is scheduled to be bowled at 9:30 a.m. India Standard Time at Green Park Cricket Ground in Kanpur, India, on Thursday, September 22.
Cricket fans in the United States can watch the live stream starting at midnight Eastern Daylight Time or 9 p.m. Pacific on Wednesday, September 21.
James Neesham ruled out of Kanpur Test - Cricbuzz https://t.co/9B4Gh9uEZCHere are the probable teams for the First Test.
— Breaking News (@india_breaking) September 19, 2016
India: 1 M Vijay, 2 KL Rahul, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli (captain), 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 Rohit Sharma, 7 R Ashwin, 8 Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), 9 Ravindra Jadeja, 10 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11 Amit Mishra.
New Zealand: 1 Tom Latham, 2 Martin Guptill, 3 Kane Williamson (captain), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Henry Nicholls, 6 BJ Watling (wicketkeeper), 7 Mitchell Santner, 8 Mark Craig, 9 Ish Sodhi, 10 Neil Wagner/ Doug Bracewell, 11 Trent Boult.
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The best way to watch the India vs. New Zealand First Test cricket match from Green Park in Kanpur, India, live online in the United States is through Willow TV, which is available via this YouTube link with a monthly subscription fee, as well as on Willow TV's own site, accessible by clicking here.
But there are legal ways to watch Willow TV for free. Certain promotional offers make it possible to watch the all-cricket network, including the entire India Vs. New Zealand three-Test cricket series, for a limited period of time, such as the offer at this link. You could also try the one-month free trial of Sling TV's International Sports Package, which includes Willow TV and the India Vs. New Zealand First Test cricket match. Information on that deal can be found at this link.
Fans in India or with access to India internet sites can watch the India Vs. New Zealand First Test cricket match stream live for free on Day One via Star Sports, available at this link.
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