IND vs NZ, WTC Final: An intriguing contest between the bat and ball was witnessed on Day 2 of the India vs New Zealand inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final at The Rose Bowl in Southampton. After the first day of the Test match got washed out completely due to rain, Day 2 also witnessed quite a few interruptions because of bad light.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bowl first in the ultimate WTC Final. However, the India opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill got their team off to a superb start by countering the deadly Kiwi pace bowling attack impressively well in the overcast conditions. The opening duo played some lovely strokes during the remarkable partnership of 62 runs. However, New Zealand came back strongly by removing both Rohit Sharma (34) and Shubman Gill (28) in quick succession to keep the honours even at lunch.
New Zealand’s pace battery comprising of Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson and all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme kept things under control in the first few overs of the second session on Day 2. The pair of captain Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara witnessed some consistent and attacking spells from the Kiwi pacers. However, just when things looked to move India’s way, Boult bowled a peach of a delivery to dismiss Pujara leaving the opposition in a spot of bother at 88 for 3.
Due to bad light, the match was stopped quite a few times on Day 2 of the WTC final and that frustrated both the India and New Zealand players as it is really really difficult to switch-on and off in these breaks. After Pujara’s wicket, the duo of Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane kept things afloat for India with a brilliant 58-run partnership for the fourth wicket. At stumps on Day 2 of the WTC Final, India were 146 for 3 with Kohli batting on 44 and Rahane 29 not out.
For New Zealand, the trio of Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner and Trent Boult picked up a wicket each on Day 2 of the ultimate Test match.
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