India vs New Zealand WTC Final Live | India vs New Zealand WTC Final: The fourth day’s play was washed out due to rain, not a single ball was bowled
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- India-New Zealand playing WTC final
- India scored 217 runs in their first innings
- New Zealand team won the toss and elected to bowl
Southampton: The World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand being played at the Ageas Bowl Stadium in Southampton was washed out on the fourth day of rain. Not a single ball could be bowled on Monday due to incessant rain. Let us tell you that bad weather has been disturbing since the beginning of the final. While the first day of the match was ruined due to rain, the game had to be called off early due to poor light on the second and third days.
Kiwi team scored 101 runs in the first innings
In reply to India’s 217, New Zealand made 101 runs in their first innings for the loss of 2 wickets in 49 overs. On Saturday, skipper Kane Williamson scored 12 runs at day stumps while Ross Taylor was unbeaten on zero. Fast bowler Kyle Jameson and opener Devon Conway dominated the third day. While Jamieson took 5 wickets to wrap up the Indian quickly, Conway scored a half-century.
Conway-Latham got the team off to a good start
Tom Latham and Devon Conway, who came to open the innings for New Zealand, started well. Both shared a 70-run partnership for the first wicket. The Indian team had to wait for 35 overs for the first breakthrough. Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took the first wicket by sending Latham to the pavilion. Latham gives a catch to Virat Kohli at extra cover. He scored 30 runs in 104 balls. He hit 3 fours. Conway then batted with patience and completed the second half-century of his Test career. However, Conway could not last long after the fifty and became the victim of Ishant in the 49th over. He gives a catch to Mohammed Shami at mid on. Conway scored 54 runs in 153 balls with 6 fours.
No Indian could score a fifty
Significantly, India started playing ahead of 146 for three on Saturday morning and in the first session, the team faltered after adding 65 runs. India lost four wickets till lunch, taking their score to 211 for seven. It seemed that the team would recover in the second session, but the tail batsmen could not face the Kiwi bowlers firmly. New Zealand ended the Indian innings by taking the remaining three wickets within 19 balls and six runs after lunch. No batsman scored a half-century from India’s side. Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane scored the most runs for the team, who scored 49 runs. At the same time, captain Virat Kohli contributed 44 runs.
India-New Zealand playing XI
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wegner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.
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