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WTC Final Day 3: Kyle Jamieson, Devon Conway put New Zealand on top, India struggle

New Zealand lost a late wicket in the form of a well-set Devon Conway before the close of play but it would be fair to say that Kane Williamson’s men are well ahead of India after the end of Day 3 in the inaugural World Test Championship Final (WTC) final in Southampton.

New Zealand reached 101 for 2 when Kane Williamson was joined by Ross Taylor before bad light forced early stumps on Sunday. Ishant Sharma gave India something to cheer for on a day that New Zealand dominated by getting Devon Conway for 54 on Sunday.

Kyle Jamieson was the star of the day for New Zealand as he picked up his 5th 5-wicket haul to help New Zealand bundle India out for 217. India went from 149 for 3 to 217 all-out as Jamieson added Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant to his victims list after Rohit Sharma’s scalp from Saturday.

New Zealand openers Tom Latham and Devon Conway were slow but very watchful in their start and played with sheer determination to see off the new Dukes ball in Southampton. They faced pacers Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami one after the other till the 14th over and then managed to tackle off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also with ease when he was introduced in the 15th over.

Latham and Conway added 36 runs before going to the Tea break unbeaten on 17 and 18 respectively. They faced another 13 overs after returning before Ashwin struck and gave India their first breakthrough in the match. Latham went for a drive on a flighted delivery and ended up giving a catch to Virat Kohli at extra-cover. Kane Williamson walked in after the end of 70-run opening partnership between the two southpaws.

WTC Final, India vs New Zealand, Day 3: Highlights

Conway, who recently hit a double hundred on his debut versus England at Lord’s, continued to make Test batting look easy and reached his 2nd fifty in his 5th innings. Williamson, on the hand, batted how a World Number 2 Test batsman would, and perfectly complimented the 29-year-old.

Kyle Jamieson runs through India’s batting order

Earlier in the day, starting from their overnight score of 146/3, India managed only 4 runs in 40minutes and lost the important wicket of captain Virat Kohli. The 32-year-old was standing well outside the crease to negate the swing from Kyle Jamieson but his RCB teammate got the better of him in the 68th over and trapped him in front of the stumps.

In-form Rishabh Pant, who smashed a hundred in the intra-squad match, opened his account after 19 deliveries but got out soon after that while trying to drive a Jamieson delivery.

A 26-run partnership brewed between Ajinkya Rahane, who was looking set in the middle, and Ravindra Jadeja but the Indian vice-captain fell in a trap set by Kane Williamson and Neil Wagner. The left-arm pacer bowled a short delivery which was hesitantly pulled by Rahane, straight into the hands of Tom Latham, who was moved to the position just before Wagner went on his run up.

Valuable runs from Ashwin and Jadeja

Jadeja and Ashwin combined together to take India’s total past 200 but Tim Southee bowled a full length delivery which swing late, taking a thick edge off Ashwin’s bat and straight into the hands of Latham, who was standing at slips this time.

Ishant joined Jadeja just ahead of Tea but fell soon once the play resumed after the break. Jasprit Bumrah got out for a golden duck as Jamieson completed his fifth 5-wicket haul in the longest format. Boult sent Jadeja packing in the next over as India’s first innings ended at 217 in 92.1 overs.


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