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WTC Final, Day 5 Highlights: India 64/2 at stumps, lead New Zealand by 32 runs

India vs New Zealand (IND vs NZ) WTC Final Test Day 5 Highlights: India will resume the final day on Wednesday with Virat Kohli (8*) and Cheteshwar Pujara (12*) in the middle.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: June 23, 2021 1:51:03 pm
India vs New Zealand (IND vs NZ) WTC Final Test Day 5 Highlights.

India vs New Zealand (IND vs NZ) WTC Final Test Day 5 Highlights: India ended the fifth day of the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand on 64/2 with a lead of 32 runs at the Rose Bowl, Southampton on Tuesday.

Earlier, New Zealand resumed the day on 101/2, trailing their opponents by 116 runs. Mohammed Shami’s (4/76) artistry was on full display afterwards but the Kane Williamson-led side still managed to take a crucial 32-run lead after finishing their first innings on 249-all out at the stroke of the tea break. India started their second innings decently in the first ten overs but both the openers fell victim to Tim Southee (2/17). India will resume with Virat Kohli (8*) and Cheteshwar Pujara (12*) in the middle.

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

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India vs New Zealand (IND vs NZ) WTC Final Test Day 5 Highlights:

23:34 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Stumps!

After 98 overs of action, the fifth day comes to an end! India end on 64/2 after 30 overs with a lead of 32 runs. Kohli (8*) and Pujara (12*) will restart the proceedings on the reserve day with the deadly New Zealand pace attack looking to provide multiple hurdles.

23:15 (IST)22 Jun 2021
WICKET!

New Zealand have a huge wicket before the close of play! Rohit shoulders a Southee delivery that nips in... and it's given LBW! No review from the batsman and he walks off on 30. No night-watchman, on comes skipper Kohli. IND: 51/2 after 26.5 overs.

22:54 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Wagner into the attack

Williamson introduces Neil Wagner into the attack, his fourth seamer. Wagner got the wicket of Shubman Gill in the first innings. Just a single from his first over in the second innings but he beats Pujara outside off stump. IND 41/1 after 22 overs

22:45 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Pujara hits boundary

Cheteshwar Pujara scores his first boundary of the innings with an on drive. Trent Boult is attacking him from around the stumps. The flow of runs has slowed down in the last few overs despite the boundary. Meanwhile, New Zealand are yet to introduce their partnership breaker — Neil Wagner — into the attack. IND 39/1 after 20 overs

22:28 (IST)22 Jun 2021
India take lead

Rohit Sharma plays the pull shot towards deep square leg for a single as India take lead in second innings. Despite Shubman Gill's wicket, it is a decent start for India in the second innings. The Indian opener is batting on 20. IND 33/1 after 16 overs

22:18 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Scores level

India have got rid of the 32-run trail. New Zealand bowlers, especially Trent Boult are troubling Pujara with an attacking field. Pujara has scored 4 runs. It is crucial for India that Pujara stays at the crease till tomorrow so that other batters can score around him. IND 32/1 after 14 overs

22:03 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Pujara off the mark!

This time, Cheteshwar Pujara gets off the mark first ball. It was a freebie from Tim Southee on the pads. Maybe Southee was trying a similar delivery he bowled to get Shubman Gill out. Pujara flicks it off the pads to get a single towards fine leg. Rohit Sharma gets a couple of runs too. The trail is now just 5 runs. IND 27/1 after 11 overs

22:01 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Gill falls

Shubman Gill plays across the line and gets trapped in front of the stumps by Tim Southee's straight delivery. Gill had a chat with his partner and chooses not to waste the review as it looked plumb. The opener departs for 8 while India are still trailing by 8 runs. IND 24/1 after 10.4 overs

21:56 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Jamieson into the attack

New Zealand's most effective bowler in the first innings has been brought into the attack. Jamieson started off with a no ball. It was on the pads and Rohit Sharma worked it away for a couple of runs. Jamieson came back well as he once again troubled Rohit with a fuller delivery. Rohit went for the shot and the ball missed the outside edge by a whisker. The trail is now in single digit. IND 24/0 after 10 overs

21:51 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Gill gets going

Shubman Gill is pouncing on every opportunity to score. Gill gets three twos from Tim Southee's over. Rohit Sharma also hit another boundary off Trent Boult. The openers are looking to score without taking any risk. The trail is now 11 runs. IND 22/0 after 9 overs

21:42 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Rohit hits boundary

Rohit Sharma hits the first boundary of the innings. Trent Boult comes round the wicket and bowls it short and wide. Rohit cuts it away for a boundary. Slowly, the Indian openers are trying to get rid of the trail. IND 11/0 after 7 overs

21:30 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Gill gets off the mark

Shubman Gill gets off the mark with a couple of runs off Trent Boult. So far, New Zealand's opening bowlers have been bowling with pinpoint accuracy. It is very sunny in the third session with breeze coming in. This may turn out to be the best session for India to bat in this Test. IND 6/0 after 4 overs

21:17 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Second innings underway

Tim Southee once again in charge of the new ball. Rohit Sharma gets off the strike with three runs as the edge goes between the gully and slip fielders. Southee troubles Shubman Gill with his swing. Almost got Gill's wicket with the last delivery with a sharp in-swinger. IND 3/0 after 1 over

20:55 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Jadeja wraps it up

Ravindra Jadeja followed Tim Southee as he backed away to make room but the inside edge hits the stumps. Southee's cameo comes to an end. Earlier in the over, he hit Jadeja for a six. After that, Rishabh Pant advised him to bowl similar deliveries that he bowled to Colin de Grandhomme when he was attacking. Southee departs for 30. New Zealand have a 32-run lead. The second session comes to an end. NZ 249 all out in 99.2 overs

20:47 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Boult gets boundary

Trent Boult has added valuable runs to New Zealand's lead. Boult backed way and straight batted the ball over Mohammed Shami's head for a boundary. He ends the over with a couple of runs. The lead is now 25 runs. NZ 242/9 after 98 overs

20:44 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Southee survives

Umpire believed that the ball took an edge on his way to leg slip but Tim Southee reviews it straightaway. Review shows there was no bat involved. Southee is still batting on 23. Meanwhile, Trent Boult has got off the mark with a single. NZ 236/9 after 97 overs

20:41 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Ashwin strikes

Ravichandran Ashwin gets his first wicket of the day. Neil Wagner tried to defend it but the edge carried to the slip fielder Ajinkya Rahane. Wagner departs for a five-ball duck. NZ 234/9 after 96.3 overs

20:36 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Southee goes big

Tim Southee is not going down defending. Southee takes Ishant Sharma on and hits it over long on for a maximum. He is also shuffling across the stumps to work the ball towards leg side exposing his leg stump. He has moved to 23 from 36 deliveries. NZ 234/8 after 96 overs

20:34 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Ashwin into the attack

Virat Kohli has introduced R Ashwin into the attack for the first time on Day 5. Tim Southee hits him for a boundary. It was a poor delivery from Ashwin, short and wide. Ashwin's pace was also in the 90s in his first over. Maybe slowing it up may trouble the Kiwi tailenders. NZ 226/8 after 95 overs

20:28 (IST)22 Jun 2021
Williamson misses half-century

Ishant Sharma gets the big wicket of Kane Williamson. The Kiwi skipper was batting on 49 and trying to nudge the ball into the gap playing away from his body. The ball takes a genuine edge of the bat and carries to Indian skipper Virat Kohli. India would like to wrap this up quickly as the lead is just 4 runs for now. NZ 221/8 after 94 overs

With the weather not improving since morning at the Hampshire Bowl, the umpires took the call almost four hours and 30 minutes after the schedule start time of 10.30 am local time (3 pm). "Day four of the #WTC21 Final has been abandoned due to persistent rain Thunder cloud and rain," read an ICC update. The fans who were patiently waiting for the play to start had to leave disappointed.

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