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India vs New Zealand WTC Final Day 2 Highlights: Kohli, Rahane hold fort on a gloomy day

India vs New Zealand (IND vs NZ) WTC Final Test Day 2 Highlights: Tim Southee remained wicketless after struggling to find line and length with the new ball.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: June 20, 2021 2:04:24 pm

India vs New Zealand (IND vs NZ) WTC Final Test Day 2 Highlights: Skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to field first. Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill provided a good start to India in the first session with a 62-run partnership. Rohit got out for 34 to Kyle Jamieson. Gill followed him shortly losing his wicket to Neil Wagner after scoring 28 runs. India scored 69 runs in the first session for the loss of two wickets.

In the second session, Cheteshwar Pujara got out after scoring 8 runs. Trent Boult trapped him in front of the wickets with an in-swinger. Skipper Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane held the fort against a mostly disciplined Kiwi attack. The two have put on 58 runs for the fourth wicket. Kohli is inching closer to his half-century batting on 44 whereas Rahane is batting on 29. Only a few overs were bowled in the third session as bad light played spoilsport. India scored 146 runs from the loss of three wickets in 64.4 overs.

IND Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah

NZ Playing XI: Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling(w), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult

Match EndedICC World Test Championship, 2021 - Final


217 (92.1) u0026 170 (73.0)

New Zealand

249 (99.2) u0026 140/2 (45.5)
Match Ended ( Day 6 - Final )
New Zealand beat India by 8 wickets

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India vs New Zealand WTC Final Day 2 Highlights:

22:50 (IST)19 Jun 2021
Day 2, Stumps

It was inevitable. The light was not right for the play to resume. With 146/3, India have a slight edge over New Zealand as skipper Virat Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane are batting well in the middle. We were lucky to get 64.4 overs despite the rain forecasts. The first session will start early tomorrow as well and the teams will try to complete 98 overs if the weather permits. 

22:32 (IST)19 Jun 2021
Umpires inspect

The covers are still on and it is unlikely that the play will resume. After the inspection, umpires have had a talk with the teams and we are waiting for the official update. 

21:42 (IST)19 Jun 2021
Long delay expected

Still gloomy and chances of rain at the Rose Bowl, Southampton. The hover cover is back on and it is unlikely that we will get to see the players walking back to the ground soon. Frustrating for fans. On the other hand, India Women lead is now 120 and Sneh Rana has completed a well-deserved half-century on debut. Even if India Women get bundled out now, England Women are unlikely to chase down the score now. Also, it is getting dark in Bristol as well. 

21:26 (IST)19 Jun 2021
And it is dark again

Bad light stops play again. Virat Kohli is not happy and almost walked off even before the umpire took out the lightmeter. The crowd booed again but it is what it is. Kohli is inching closer to his half-century. Rahane is batting on 29. IND 146/3 after 64.4 overs

21:08 (IST)19 Jun 2021
Third session resumes

The players are back on the field and the third session has resumed. Ajinkya Rahane scores another boundary. These interruptions due to bad light can take a toll on the batsmen's concentration. Virat Kohli and Rahane need to be cautious in this last session. Meanwhile, the fourth-wicket partnership is now 50 runs. IND 138/3 after 61 overs

20:33 (IST)19 Jun 2021
Bad light stops play again

It is dark again and the lightmeter is out. The umpires have decided that the light is not appropriate for the play to go on. India in good position with Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane batting on 40 and 22. Meanwhile, the India Women team is fighting hard against England Women to save the game. The eighth-wicket partnership has come to an end but Sneh Rana is still holding one end. Also, the lead is now 75 runs. India Women need to bat at least for an hour more to stay in the game. IND 134/3 after 58.4 overs

20:21 (IST)19 Jun 2021
Positive start to third session

Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane find the gaps. The two batsmen look high on confidence. Rahane picks up his second boundary with a single punch off the front foot. 9 runs from Neil Wagner's 10th over. The fourth-wicket partnership is now into 40s. IND 129/3 after 57 overs

20:13 (IST)19 Jun 2021
Set for restart

The match seems ready to restart. The New Zealand players and then the two Indian batsmen Kohli and Rahane make their way out to the centre. 

20:05 (IST)19 Jun 2021
Delayed start to final session

The third session of the day is not starting right away, with the light situation not having improved much. We are done with the 20-minute break though, and should be restarting on the umpire's signal.

19:44 (IST)19 Jun 2021
Too dark to bat

There is a heavy cloud cover in Southampton and the umpires have decided that the red ball is too hard to track for batsmen in this light. The second session comes to a close. A good session for India despite the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara. Kohli walks off with a smile but the crowds boo the umpires for stopping the play. IND 120/3 after 55.3 overs

19:36 (IST)19 Jun 2021
Rohit still watching it closely

Virat Kohli has moved into 30s now with three twos in Tim Southee's over. Southee is still searching for his first wicket. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma is still watching the ball closely from the pavillion using his binoculars. IND 118/3 after 54 overs

19:30 (IST)19 Jun 2021
Rahane hits boundary

Ajinkya Rahane finally finds the gap and hits the ball hard enough to reach the boundary despite wet outfield. Colin de Grandhomme is swinging it well but has not taken a wicket yet. Rahane gets his first boundary and is batting on 12 from 45 deliveries. There will be a few more overs before the tea break. IND 112/3 after 53 overs

19:28 (IST)19 Jun 2021
Runs hard to come by

New Zealand have ensured that India does not get away with the game. They have kept the pressure on and limited loose deliveries. So far, the Kiwis have bowled 20 maiden overs. Virat Kohli is looking settled and not troubled by the swing. Ajinkya Rahane is surviving and pouncing on scoring opportunities. Meanwhile, Kevin Pietersen has some advice for batsmen. IND 107/3 after 52 overs

19:07 (IST)19 Jun 2021
100 up for India

Trent Boult falters with his line and length and Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane don't miss the scoring opportunities. The outfield is not quick and Kohli-Rahane are running hard between the wickets to pick up twos and threes. The two batsmen look comfortable in the middle. This is going to be a crucial partnership for India. IND 100/3 after 47 overs

19:02 (IST)19 Jun 2021
Warne not happy with team selection

New Zealand bowlers are not getting wickets in cluster but they have been impressive after the first hour of play. The scoring rate has considerably gone down with India scoring just over 2 runs per over. Even Indian skipper Virat Kohli has a strike rate below 30. Meanwhile, the pitch is showing wear and tear already which will be helpful for spinners as the game progresses. Former Australian cricketer Shane Warne is surprised by New Zealand's team selection as they did not include a single spinner in their lineup. Kane Williamson is the only option for the Kiwis to utilise these footmarks. IND 95/3 after 46 overs

18:40 (IST)19 Jun 2021
Confusion on the ground

Trent Boult pitches it outside the leg stump and Virat Kohli goes for the flick but does not connect. Boult believed it had taken a faint edge on its way to the wicketkeeper's glove but there was no appeal for DRS. The umpires gather and ask for the third umpire. Kohli checks with umpire as the timer had run out before any call was made. Nevertheless, the ultraedge shows no disturbance and Kohli is safe. So far, we don't know whether New Zealand lose a review or the umpires wanted to check whether the ball had carried to the wicketkeeper. Meanwhile, Ajinkya Rahane has gotten off the mark. IND 91/3 after 41 overs

18:33 (IST)19 Jun 2021
Boult does the trick

Kane Williamson brings Trent Boult back into the attack and it does the trick. Boult swings it in from over the wicket and hits Cheteshwar Pujara's pads. Pujara consults Virat Kohli and chooses not to review it. A big breakthrough for New Zealand, Pujara is out for 8 after facing 54 deliveries. IND 88/3 after 40.2 overs

18:24 (IST)19 Jun 2021
Wagner teasing Kohli

Neil Wagner is bowling it short with the ball moving away from Virat Kohli. Sometimes, he is giving him width, inviting him to play it over the slips or behind square. Kohli has faced 50 deliveries so far and scored just 13 runs which is very unlike him. However, it has been a tight spell from Kiwi bowlers after the lunch break. IND 84/2 after 39 overs

18:14 (IST)19 Jun 2021
Wagner breaks Pujara's helmet

Neil Wagner bowls it short and quick on Cheteshwar Pujara's body. Pujara goes on the back foot to pull but not fast enough. The ball hits the helmet and the soft protection drops on the pitch. Luckily for India, it did not hit the stumps. A concussion check for Pujara after that blow. IND 78/2 after 36.2 overs

18:08 (IST)19 Jun 2021
Another boundary

Neil Wagner pitches it up outside off hoping to get an outside edge but Cheteshwar Pujara pushes it through covers for his second boundary. No run for Pujara in the first 35 deliveries and then he scores two boundaries off the next two. IND 78/2 after 35 overs


India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Hanuma Vihari, Umesh Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha

New Zealand: Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling(w), Colin de Grandhomme, Ajaz Patel, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, Matt Henry, Will Young, Tom Blundell

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