India vs New Zealand: Advantage bowlers, task cut out for batsmen - First look at Wellington pitch
Ishant Sharma was bowling to Virat Kohli in the nets, he landed the ball on a length, got it to nip back in and took the inside half of Kohli’s bat. It was a moment of discomfort for the Indian captain. Ishant then followed it up with another length ball, which was slightly pitched up and decked off the surface, it zipped past the outisde edge. There was only one winner in this battle and the skipper cast a cursory glance at the pitch. It had a green tinge and hence, there was assistance for the bowlers. He came second in the contest, but the captain in Kohli will be mighty pleased with how his bowlers are shaping up. One day before the Test match, BCCI shared the picture of the playing surface with the caption: A day out of the 1st Test, this is what the pitch at Basin Reserve looks like.