Bad light brought the proceedings to an end a little early on Day 3 in Southampton. The on-fire Indian pacers, who were on song towards the end of the play, were rewarded with the wicket of Devon Conway, but missed a chance to have a real go at Ross Taylor.
The pacers seemed off towards the start of the innings with the Duke’s ball tending to swing a lot later. The opening pair of Tom Latham and Devon Conway were at ease playing them, barring a few half-chances that were not taken.
Jasprit Bumrah did not have the finest of days, but Ishant Sharma did not let his hard work go in vain as he scalped the wicket of Conway. The charged-up Indian unit were all set to throw everything at the newcomer on the crease, Ross Taylor.
However, bad light meant that the middle-order batsman only had to ward off two deliveries. The play was done for the day, and opening batsman Shubman Gill believes that India could have capitalized on New Zealand’s vulnerability at that point of time.
“Conway was a crucial wicket for us and I feel that if we would have been able to bowl a few overs to Ross Taylor, we might have been able to get couple of more wickets,” said Gill during the virtual media conference.
Gill also stressed the fact that India have a slight edge heading into Day 4 as both Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor are new to the crease.
The youngster also admitted that bundling out under 250 for the fifth consecutive time against the Kiwis is a concern.
“This Test also we were in a solid position but we lost couple of early wickets today. But hopefully if we get some time, in next innings, we will cross 250,”
To conclude, Gill praised Jamieson for his five-for display but at the same time felt that the Indian pace unit have been unlucky so far.
“He (Jamieson) was bowling well during the first spell but he didn’t get many wickets. But he got his reward today and I feel our bowlers also bowled well. However, luck didn’t favour us and there were a couple of half-chances which didn’t go our way. Hopefully, tomorrow is a new day and it will bring us some luck,” he said
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