Team India had ended Day 2 of ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Final at 146/3 in 64.4 overs and the day’s play was cut short by bad light following the Tea break with 33.2 overs remaining to be bowled. The Rose Bowl floodlights were on for most of the day.
Team India struggles with the bat
Indian batters at the crease, skipper Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane started Day 3 with Trent Boult with the ball having two deliveries to be bowled.
India struggled with the batting and could not manage to equalize with the Kiwi bowling attack. The lower batting order soon collapsed once captain Kohli’s wicket fell.
Rahane had tried to remain at the crease and was putting on scores gradually but could not survive the wrath of the bowlers. The Kiwi pacers displayed excellent performance and bundled India for 217 runs.
Kyle Jamieson picked up as many as 5 wickets and played a major role in taking Kohli’s crucial wicket after the downfall of the batting order occurred.
Neil Wagner and Trent Boult picked up a couple of wickets each, while Southee only dismissed Ravichandran Ashwin.
With New Zealand’s first innings, the Kiwi openers Tom Latham and Devon Conway did well to match the threats of the ace spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin but could not last long as he took the wicket of Tom Latham after a sharp catch by skipper Virat Kohli.
New Zealand stands its ground on Day 3
Devon Conway showcased an excellent knock scoring a brilliant fifty but it was Ishant Sharma’s fantastic delivery that sent him back to the dressing room.
The eventful day of cricket ended with New Zealand standing at 101 runs at the expense of a couple of wickets. The bowling performance from the New Zealand bowlers in the 1st innings was worth watching and it was very expected of them.
The Day 4 of the Final encounter will be very crucial and it is to be seen if the Men in Blue can bounce back with the bowling attack or the Blackcaps carry on with their momentum and creates trouble for their opponent.
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