IND vs NZ, WTC Final Live: Two of India’s most experienced batters have weathered the storm as India are in a better position at the end of the 2nd session on day 2 here in Southampton. New Zealand will be disappointed with their start but they did reasonably well in the 2nd half of the first session to pull things back in a neat manner by dismissing 2 openers who were going all guns blazing.
The conditions for batting is becoming increasingly difficult with each passing over and dukes is doing all sorts of things under gloomy conditions. New Zealand bowling attack is as relentless as it can get as their 4 premium bowlers plus Colin de Grandhomme are not ready to give any freebies whatsoever.
Trent Boult dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara in his very first over of his new spell post lunch as Cheteshwar Pujara was trapped in front with an in-swinging delivery. Virat Kohli looked in good touch from the very beginning and he was doing his best to keep the scoreboard ticking without going into a shell.
Ajinkya Rahane looked like a fish out of water so far in the innings but as like some of his great tests innings, he managed to hang in there and helped India to go into tea without losing any further wicket. Both the mainstays of Indian middle order batters have added 32 crucial runs from 92 balls and both of them are still hanging in there and doing their best to help India to post a respectable first innings total.
With the conditions aiding fast bowlers big time, anything around 250 should be a respectable total for India in this big finale. A lot will depend on this current pair and India’s strong lower middle order.
Virat Kohli is on 35 and Ajinkya Rahane is on 13 at the moment.