WTC Final: Jamieson (5/31) leads NZ domination on the 3rd day
Superb bowling by New Zealand restricted India to 217 in their first innings as they lose 7 wickets for only 71 runs in a stunning collapse after looking good at 146/3 at the start of play. Jamieson’s 5/31 rattled the Indian batsmen while New Zealand ended the day at 101/2. WTC Final: Jamieson (5/31) leads NZ domination on the 3rd day.
Starting the day at 146/3 with Kohli looking good at 44, India were subject to extremely accurate bowling by New Zealand as they bowled slightly fuller and with more control over line and length than on the previous day. The gigantic Kyle Jamieson after bowling a few outswingers to set up Kohli. Brought one back to trap his RCB captain lbw at his overnight score. This started India’s slide from which they never recovered.
Pant (4) slashed at a wide delivery from Jamieson to be caught in the slips and Rahane (49). Who looked really good after an initial uncertain spell. Was set up by Wagner for the pull shot and fell meekly in the trap set for him. Playing an atrocious shot straight to square leg.
Jadeja and Ashwin held on for a while to push India past 200. Before Ashwin (22) ended his cameo with a catch to slips off Southee. Ishant and Bumrah were quickly despatch by Jamieson and Jadeja (15) was caught down the leg side off Boult to end India’s first innings at 217.
The New Zealand bowlers displayed better control than on day 2, bowling fuller and making the Indians play more. Jamieson (5/31) was outstanding and unplayable at times while Boult (2/47) and Wagner (2/40) showed great control.
In reply, Tom Latham and Devon Conway played sensibly for New Zealand rotating the strike. Playing with great control in perfect bowling conditions. The innings progressed forward gradually as the Indian Pacers were unable to get the breakthroughs. Finally, Latham (30) relented as he was deceive by Ashwin’s change of pace. And was caught at short cover very well by Kohli. Meanwhile, Devon Conway continued his golden test run since his debut with another fine 50 in challenging bowling conditions. While Williamson looked secured. However minutes before the day was called off for bad light, Conway (54), in a rush of blood tried to flick Ishant. Played it in the air for Shami to take a good catch at square mid-on. That wicket brought India right back into the game though the advantage is still with New Zealand .
After couple of more balls , play was stop due to poor light with New Zealand having reached 101/2 , 116 runs behind India.