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WTC Final | Shami and Ishant’s incisive spells keep Kohli’s men in the contest

Breached: Mohammed Shami has B-J. Watling bowled, playing inside the line of an away nipper.   | Photo Credit: Getty Images

India was 64 for two in 30 overs in its second innings at stumps on the fifth day of the World Test Championship final against New Zealand here on Tuesday.

Rohit Sharma (30) and Shubman Gill (8) were the batsmen dismissed, both falling to Tim Southee. The Kiwi speedster trapped Gill in front while Rohit shouldered arms to a delivery that nipped in and was adjudged lbw.

At close, Cheteshwar Pujara (12) and skipper Virat Kohli (8) were at the crease.

Earlier, Mohammed Shami’s artistry was on full display but New Zealand still managed to take a crucial 32-run lead after scoring 249.

More intent

New Zealand showed more intent inn keeping the scoreboard ticking with Kyle Jamieson (21) and Tim Southee (30) throwing their bats around for useful runs which certainly put the pressure back on India going into the final session of the day.

The tea break was called after the fall of the last New Zealand wicket.

Shami (4/76), after a mesmerising morning spell, got a couple of more wickets in the second session. He dismissed Colin de Grandhomme with a delivery angled in and Jamieson with a bouncer.

Ishant removes Williamson

During the final half-an-hour, India’s senior-most player Ishant Sharma (3/48) denied a half-century to a dogged skipper Kane Williamson (49) with a classic Test match dismissal — delivery rearing up and shaping out which was edged to Kohli at third slip.

New Zealand scored 114 runs in the post-lunch session even as Shami and Ishant remained standout performers bowling their hearts out.

Jamieson and New Zealand’s all-time third highest six-hitter Southee got some easy runs at the fag end which could prove to be useful in the final context.

Ross Taylor (11) was dismissed as Shami reaped the rewards for finding the fuller length which enticed the batsman to go for a drive. Gill, at short cover, took a brilliant diving catch.

Ishant then had Henry Nicholls (7) when the lanky speedster pushed his length fuller by a yard and the edge at second slip was taken by Rohit Sharma. B-J. Watling (1), in his last Test, got a ball that would have put the best in the business in trouble.

Shami, who by then had started bossing the batsmen, bowled one that looked like shaping in but held its line after pitching, clipping the off-bail in the process. From 117 for 2, New Zealand was reeling at 135/5 at lunch.

However, the disappointment for India was Jasprit Bumrah (0/57), who bowled short and wide.

The moment Virat Kohli replaced Bumrah with Shami, things changed drastically as the senior pacer sowed doubts in the battmen’s minds.

He didn’t look to make the batsmen play and Williamson was seen leaving delivery after delivery. His first four of the morning came in the 20th over of the day (69th for the day), a clip off Bumrah to the mid-wicket boundary.

What Shami and Ishant did was to hit the six-metre length (good length) which did the trick during both sessions.

Scoreboard:

INDIA — 1ST INNINGS: 217.

NEW ZEALAND — 1ST INNINGS: Tom Latham c Kohli b Ashwin 30 (104b, 3x4), Devon Conway c Shami b Ishant 54 (153b, 6x4), Kane Williamson c Kohli b Ishant 49 (177b, 6x4), Ross Taylor c Gill b Shami 11 (37b, 2x4), Henry Nicholls c Rohit b Ishant 7 (23b, 1x4), B-J. Watling b Shami 1 (3b), Colin de Grandhomme lbw b Shami 13 (30b, 1x4), Kyle Jamieson c Bumrah b Shami 21 (16b, 1x6), Tim Southee b Jadeja 30 (46b, 1x4, 2x6), Neil Wagner c Rahane b Ashwin 0 (5b), Trent Boult (not out) 7 (8b, 1x4); Extras (b-4, lb-16, nb-6): 26; Total (in 99.2 overs): 249.

FALL OF WICKETS: 1-70 (Latham, 34.2 overs), 2-101 (Conway, 48.4), 3-117 (Taylor, 63.1), 4-134 (Nicholls, 69.3), 5-135 (Watling, 70.2), 6-162 (de Grandhomme, 82.1), 7-192 (Jamieson, 86.6), 8-221 (Williamson, 93.6), 9-234 (Wagner, 96.3).

INDIA BOWLING: Ishant 25-9-48-3, Bumrah 26-9-57-0, Shami 26-8-76-4, Ashwin 15-5-28-2, Jadeja 7.2-2-20-1.

INDIA — 2ND INNINGS: Rohit Sharma lbw b Southee 30 (81b, 2x4), Shubman Gill lbw b Southee 8 (33b), Cheteshwar Pujara (batting) 12 (55b, 2x4), Virat Kohli (batting) 8 (12b); Extras (lb-4, nb-1, w-1): 6; Total (for two wkts. in 30 overs): 64.

FALL OF WICKETS: 1-24 (Gill, 10.4), 2-51 (Rohit, 26.5).

NEW ZEALAND BOWLING: Southee 9-3-17-2, Boult 8-1-20-0, Jamieson 10-4-15-0, Wagner 3-0-8-0.


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