WTC Final: India reach 146/3 on 2nd day of frequent light interruptions
The much-awaited World test Championships final got off to a steady start on Day 2. After a washout on day 1as New Zealand won the toss and fielded. India went into the game with the same XI they announced 2 days back. While New Zealand went in with 4 fast bowlers with DGrandhome as the bowling allrounder & no spinners. WTC Final: India reach 146/3 on 2nd day of frequent light interruptions.
The Kiwi bowlers took time to settle into their lengths. As the Indian openers made full use of any loose balls. Rohit looked in good touch and showed no past technical frailties against the swing bowling offered by New Zealand. He drove the ball well and was picking the gaps while Shubman played a couple of great pull shots and looked to be shaping up well.
However, at 62/0 Jamieson struck as Rohit (34) edged an away going ball to 3rd slip to get out after looking well set. Shubman(28) followed rapidly edging an outswinger from Wagner to leave India at 63/2 shortly before lunch.
After lunch, Kohli and Pujara batted sensibly before Pujara’s (8) long stay of 54 balls was ended by Boult. Who had him leg before to leave India in trouble at 88/3. Pujara had earlier taken 36 balls to open his account.
Rahane joined Kohli and looked very scratchy with the Kiwis bowling well and trying to make inroads. Kohli was unruffled all along and showed great temperament consuming a lot of balls and looked very solid. However, there were a few interruptions due to bad light which hampered the progress of the match in the final session as the light did not improve and finally, the match had to be called off with India reaching 146/3 with Kohli (44) and Rahane (29) staying to fight another day.
New Zealand bowlers swung the ball around and kept up the pressure right through. But would have liked to get couple of more wickets in favourable bowling conditions. However they bowled very tight and did not allow the Indians to get away.
India 146/3 Kohli 44* , Rohit 34