India vs New Zealand WTC Final Highlights
It was a day of gripping and intense test cricket on the 5th day of the India v New Zealand WTC final at Southampton. As the weather improved throughout the day in which 80 overs were bowled. Kane Williamson played a resolute knock of 49 to hold a brittle New Zealand innings together. As Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma bowled with great skill to rattle the New Zealand batsmen. New Zealand was all out for 249 in 1st innings and India ended the day at 64/2 with a draw looking the most likely result. India vs New Zealand WTC Final Highlights.
The Kiwis began the day at 101/2 and things started to happen once Mohammed Shami was introduced into the attack. After an economic but less penetrative spell from Bumrah, Shami looked very incisive as he brought out his skills torment the Blackcaps batting. While Williamson was all concentration playing an impeccable defensive innings. Wickets started to fall as a struggling Ross Taylor (11) played. An ill advised drive to be caught at short cover brilliantly by Gill diving forward. Nicholls (7) did not last long and was caught by Rohit in the slips off a superb Ishant away going ball. Watling (0) playing his last test was bowled by an unplayable fuller ball from Shami. Which pitched & moved just enough to elude the edge and hit the top of off.
After lunch, DGrandhome (13) was lbw by an in dipper from Shami to leave New Zealand struggling at 162/6. However, Williamson got great support from two of his fast bowlers. Kyle Jamieson hammered a quick 27 off 16 balls that included a mighty six over long-on but in trying to pull Shami into the stands. He was caught at deep square leg by Bumrah. However, Tim Southee got into a useful stand will Williamson who finally got out at 49 caught at gully.
It was a long innings by Williamson. He appeared to be too over defensive before lunch and was not even rotating the strike against some top-class Indian bowling which choked his run making. However, he showed more intent after the break and enhanced his scoring rate. But it was an innings which held the New Zealand batting together.
Some hefty blows from Southee (30) and Boult took New Zealand to 249 before they were all out after taking a 32 run lead.
Shami (4/76) was the pick of the bowlers bowling with great skills and penetration. Ishant (3/48) justified his reputation and the spinners Ashwin(2/28) and Jadeja (1/20) contributed in less helpful conditions for spin bowling.
India in their 2nd innings batted with caution. But Southee struck two telling blows removing both Shubman Gill (8) and Rohit Sharma(30) through lbw decisions. Gill played across and Rohit after looking solid padded up to an inswinger. Pujara and Kohli saw off the remainder of the day with India on 64/2. Draw looking the most likely option on the final day on which the weather promises to be sunny and more batting favourable.
India 1st innings 217
New Zealand 1st innings 249
Williamson 49, Shami 4/76, Ishant 3/48
India 2nd innings 64/2