Virat Kohli | Virat Kohli misses 26th Test half century against New Zealand in World Test Championship Final IND vs NZ, WTC Final: Virat Kohli played out of his style, still missed half century
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- India and New Zealand face off in WTC final
- Indian captain Virat Kohli batted
- Kohli misses out on 26th half-century of his Test career
The final of the World Test Championship (WTC) is being played between India and New Zealand at the Edge Bowl Stadium in Southampton. Electing to bat after losing the toss, the Indian team made a slow start. Openers Rohit Sharma (34) and Shubman Gill (28) added 62 runs for the first wicket. At the same time, Cheteshwar Pujar scored just 8 runs. Captain Virat Kohli saved the battling Indian team from faltering after losing 3 wickets for 88 runs. Kohli came out to play at number four and batted. However, he missed the 26th Test half-century.
Virat Kohli becomes victim of Kyle Jamieson
When Kohli gets stuck, he takes his breath by playing big innings. He showed the same spirit in the final, but when he came out to bat on the third day, he could not add many runs to his innings. He lost his wicket on a personal score of 44 runs. He was made his victim by Kyle Jamieson in the 68th over. He could not detect the ball after it hit the pitch and became LBW. He shared a 61-run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane for the fourth wicket. Fans were waiting for Kohli’s century to end the drought but he could not collect fifty.
Kohli played differently from his style
Known as the ‘run machine’, Virat Kohli is known for his aggressive batting. However, Kohli played out of his style in the final. He hit many great shots but batted with restraint. Kohli played an innings of 44 runs from 132 balls. He just hit a four while scoring a half-century. He doesn’t usually play that kind of innings. The Kiwi bowlers tried to trouble Kohli a lot, but the captain kept himself under control for a long time.
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