Indian opener Mayank Agarwal scripted history on Day 1 of the first Test against New Zealand at Basin Reserve. He went on to become the second Indian opener and first in 30 years to pull through the first session of a Test match in New Zealand.
The last Indian opener who was able to do so was Manoj Prabhakar in 1990. Prabhakar had managed to attain the same in the 2nd Test in Napier against the Black Caps, when he knocked 95 off 268 deliveries.
In the meantime, Mayank Agarwal survived the first session against the bowling of Tim Southee, Trent Boult, and Kyle Jamieson. Prithvi Shaw (16), Cheteshwar Pujara (11) and captain Virat Kohli (2) around him lost their wickets, but Mayank stood firm and took India to 79/3 at lunch.
However, regardless of surviving for so long, the 29-year-old lost his momentum and failed to capitalize on his fighting innings. Agarwal was dismissed for 34 of 84 deliveries when he tried to play a short ball bowled by Trent Boult and gave a catch to Jamieson.
Rain washed out the third session, and at the stumps, India reached 122/5 with Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant on the crease.