IND vs NZ, WTC Final, Day 3: New Zealand certainly displayed a stunning all-round performance both with the ball and bat to come out on top at stumps on Day 3 of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final against India. Kiwi fast bowler Kyle Jamieson was the top performer of the day having picked up an amazing five-wicket haul to rattle the India batting line-up after which left-handed Devon Conway continued his brilliant run in Test cricket.
26-year-old Kyle Jamieson started off the Day 3 proceedings on a wonderful note by picking the prized scalp of India captain Virat Kohli at his overnight score of 44 runs. The lanky New Zealand pacer then also removed Rishabh Pant in quick time to reduce India in a big trouble. However, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane played some stylish shots during his nervy innings of 49 runs but he unfortunately fell into Neil Wagner’s short ball ploy. The duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja did add some crucial runs before Jamieson and Boult wrapped up the Indian innings as they got bowled out for 217 runs.
For New Zealand, Jamieson was the pick of the bowlers having claimed his fifth Test five-wicket haul. The pair of Trent Boult and Neil Wagner also picked up two wickets each.
New Zealand’s opening pair of Tom Latham and Devon Conway got their team off to an excellent start by countering the Indian pacers, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami exceedingly well. Latham and Conway composed a great opening partnership of 70 runs. India’s senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin got the first breakthrough for his side as he picked up the crucial wicket of Latham. However, Conway once again showed his class at the grand stage during his lovely innings of 54 runs. However, India also ended the day on a phenomenal note by removing the dangerous looking Devon Conway. At stumps on Day 3, New Zealand were 101 for 2 with two of their most experienced batters, skipper Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor on the crease.
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