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India vs New Zealand WTC Final, Day 3 Highlights: Kiwis trail by 116 runs

India vs New Zealand (IND vs NZ) WTC Final Day 3: New Zealand reached 101/2 at the end of Day 3, Devon Conway's 54 being the highest score of the match so far.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: June 20, 2021 11:31:54 pm
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India vs New Zealand (IND vs NZ) WTC Final Day 3 Test Highlights: New Zealand will resume from 101/2, 116 runs behind India on Day 4, with Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor batting.

Gritty India batting were matched by probing New Zealand bowling in the first skirmishes of the ICC World Test Championship final on Saturday. India were bowled out for 217, their lower order being skittled out after skipper Kohli’s wicket. In reply, New Zealand openers Devon Conway and Tom Latham put on an unbeaten 70-run stand before Ravichandran Ashwin got the first wicket. Ishant Sharma snared Conway for 54, the highest score of the match so far, just before stumps were called due to bad light.

India grounded out 146/3 in 64.4 overs before the second day’s enthralling play was cut short by bad light after Tea with 33.2 overs remaining. The Rose Bowl floodlights were on for most of the day. Earlier, the first day was completely washed out.

IND Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), 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

India

217 (92.1) u0026 170 (73.0)
vs

New Zealand

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

Live Blog

India vs New Zealand WTC Final, Day 3:

23:31 (IST)20 Jun 2021
Weather for Day 4

The big question for Day 4, apart from whether Ishant and co can break through the Kiwi batting order early, is whether the rain Gods will be in attendance. Accuweather forecasts that though it is clear over Southampton now, there will be rains on Sunday night which will continue till Tuesday! The Met Office's forecast is a little brighter, but it says there is 90% chance of rain on Monday, Day 4, especially in the second and third sessions.

23:05 (IST)20 Jun 2021
End of Day 3: New Zealand trail by 116 runs

With less than half an hour left in the day, stumps have been called. Taylor and Williamson will resume batting on Day 4, NZ still 116 runs behind.

22:59 (IST)20 Jun 2021
Bad light stops play

A bit of a send-off from Ishant to Conway. 26 dot balls before that wicket. Ross Taylor joins Williamson, as the backbone of the Kiwi batting order looks to play around half an hour under fading light. All eyes on the light meter. And there we have it, an unimpressed looking Indian side has to walk off as the umpires say light is not good enough to continue.

Bad light stops play, for now. NZ 101/2

22:55 (IST)20 Jun 2021
Ishant gets Conway for 54

New Zealand cross 100 in the 45th over, Conway and KW giving nothing away. Bumrah gets a couple of balls to swing away from the right hander, dragging his length a bit back as well, looking more threatening than he has all day. With 10 overs under his belt, and with less than an hour to be played on the day, Bumrah seems to have found some of his rythm finally. But oh, there's a wicket for Ishant! Caught at mid on by Shami. Conway gone for 54.

22:34 (IST)20 Jun 2021
50 for Conway

Ashwin gets a leading edge from Williamson. Encouraged by that, Jadeja is brought on for the first time. Conway gets to his 50, off 137 balls. His wagonwheel shows he has scored 0 runs in the V.

NZ 99/1

22:13 (IST)20 Jun 2021
Williamson sweeps for four

Williamson gets his first boundary with a sweep shot off Ashwin. He has an average of 10 in away Tests in the last 2 years, but what an occasion to turn it around for the New Zealand captain. Bumrah brought back at the other end, can he turn it around too? Has been the least threatening bowler from the Indian side so far.

NZ 80/1

21:51 (IST)20 Jun 2021
Ashwin gets first wicket

Ashwin gets the breakthrough. With a slower ball. Latham mistimes and Kohli pouches the catch at short cover. Latham is gone for 30. Williamson comes in at 3 to join Conway.

NZ 70/1

21:46 (IST)20 Jun 2021
NZ openers keep India out

Shami gets one to jag back into the left hander's pads. Ashwin now at the other end, looks flat for now. Has given away 6 runs in 8 overs, before being slammed by Conway over the covers for a four. Both openers get into their 30s as the drinks break is taken, marking the halfway point of the final session.

NZ 70/0

21:26 (IST)20 Jun 2021
India sniff an outside edge

Ishant Sharma goes just Conway's bat and is convinced he has got his man. 'Awaaz nahi aaya?' he screams to his teammates as nobody else quite reacts with the same enthusiasm to a DRS. India do not take the DRS, and replays show there was a wide gap between bat and ball. Ishant keeps cramping up the batsmen regardless. Shami comes into the attack and again goes just past the edge.

21:13 (IST)20 Jun 2021
Latham, Conway consolidate

Ishant gets one to cut into Latham's thighs. Looks set for another long spell as the Kiwi openers resume their watchful stay at the crease. Bumrah introduced into the attack for the first time, and goes for 10 runs in 1 over. New Zealand cross 50 in the 27th over.

NZ 51/0

20:52 (IST)20 Jun 2021
Evening session

Latham and Conway resume the Kiwi innings, Ishant starts India's attack again for the last session of the day. Conway drives through the off side for three runs to get the scoring underway. Can Shami's luck turn in this session? Can India get a window?

NZ 39/0

20:28 (IST)20 Jun 2021
Latham, Conway survive to Tea

Both the New Zealand openers have been class so far, not taking any chances against the likes of Bumrah, Ashwin. With just one boundary in the last ten overs, Latham (17*) and Conway (18*) make it to the end of second session. NZ: 36/0, trail by 181 runs

STAT ATTACK: The first time since 2013 in Tests in England, openers from both teams have managed to survive the first 20 overs.

19:47 (IST)20 Jun 2021
Rain stops play only for a little while

Rain makes a comeback in Southampton, but only for a matter of minutes. Although the hover cover was out, India players stood their ground and got lucky. Even the Kiwi openers, who had gone back to the dressing room, climb down the stairs as well. After a prompt restart, Ishant continues his over against Conway (8*) and gets his second maiden of the innings. NZ: 19/0 (11 ovs)

19:16 (IST)20 Jun 2021
New Zealand take it nice and easy

Both Latham and Conway have settled themselves into the game, even effectively countering against the raw pace of Bumrah. After Latham (8*) hit the first four of their innings, Conway (4*) slices one towards deep backward point off Ishant. NZ: 12/0 (6 ovs)

18:53 (IST)20 Jun 2021
Latham, Conway open for New Zealand

Tom Latham and Devon Conway come out to open for New Zealand. For India, Ishant Sharma will open the attack. The veteran pacer starts well, keeping Latham in check, even beating him once in the process. The over ends with a single. NZ: 1/0 (1 over)

18:37 (IST)20 Jun 2021
India end on 217-all out before Tea

And that's curtains for India in the first innings! Boult gets the final wicket as he forces Jadeja (15) to nick one behind to Watling, who has been flawless in his final Test match. Kohli and his men will be disappointed as they seemingly had the upperhand at the start of the day, when they were on 146/3. All credit to the Kiwi pacers, mainly Jamieson, for the turnaround. IND: 217/10 (92.1 ovs)

18:26 (IST)20 Jun 2021
DOUBLE TROUBLE!

New Zealand draw first blood in the second session and it was coming! Ishant (4) is the latest one to go as he succumbs to Jamieson's delivery. A nervous outside edge and Taylor cups it calmly at first slip. Minutes later, Jamieson bags another and completes his five-wicket haul with a deadly yorker against Bumrah. The pacer walks back on a golden duck. IND: 217/9 (92 ovs)

STAT ATTACK: Kyle Jamieson becomes the first Kiwi bowler to get his first five-for within his first 8 Tests.

18:18 (IST)20 Jun 2021
Second session starts...

Jamieson will restart the proceedings... and Ishant does his job, takes a single and rotates the strike. Jadeja weathers the storm in the next five balls, showing great control with the bat in his defensive game. New Zealand look hungry for wickets now.

17:36 (IST)20 Jun 2021
Time for some lunch!

That's the end of the first session! The New Zealand bowlers put up an excellent display of swing bowling, picking up four wickets in the process. Jadeja (15*) and Ishant (2*) will resume in the middle. Can they guide their team to 250 ? IND: 211/7 (89 ovs)

17:19 (IST)20 Jun 2021
CAUGHT OUT!

Just when things had stabilised a bit for India, they lose another! Ashwin walks back on 22 off 27 balls as Southee wins the battle. Ashwin went for a cover-drive but a thick outside edge later, the ball finds its way to the hands of Latham. IND: 205/7 (86 ovs)

SQUADS-

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

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

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