WTC 2021 Final: It is the third day of the ICC World Test Championship Final between India and New Zealand and India’s first innings have been reduced to just 217 runs. On the second day, the Indian team, which scored 146 runs for the loss of 3 wickets, lost their 7 wickets for just 71 runs today. In the second session after lunch, India also lost the remaining 3 wickets. Ajinkya Rahane (46) scored the most runs for India. Kyle Jamieson took 5 wickets for New Zealand.
Match Highlights (WTC 2021 Final)
Kohli could not play well, Pant also doesn’t score
Indian captain Virat Kohli (44), who was batting tremendously on the second day, but dismissed early on the third day and could not add any runs to his score. At the same time, Rishabh Pant (4 runs) also could not last long. Both the wickets were taken by Kyle Jamieson.
Rahane-Ashwin’s useful runs, session named to NZ
Ajinkya Rahane (46) played some good shots, but he got caught in Neil Wagner’s plan and got out. Ashwin also got the necessary runs while batting aggressively, but Saudi kept him out. By lunch, India scored 211 runs for the loss of 7 wickets.
Indian innings faltered in front of Jamieson
On the third day of the final, the Indian innings faltered badly and Kyle Jamieson was responsible for it. The Kiwi bowler started the fall of Indian wickets in the first session with the wicket of Virat Kohli, who stopped for 217 runs in the second session. Ajinkya Rahane scored the highest 49 runs for India, while Jamieson took the most 5 wickets.
New Zealand’s strong start, Conway’s fifty
In response, New Zealand’s openers also started well. Tom Latham and Devon Conway added 70 runs for the first wicket. In the third session, this partnership was broken by Ashwin by dismissing Latham (30). At the same time, Conway scored a fine half-century and strengthened New Zealand. Ishant took his wicket in the last over of the day.
The weather is better in Southampton today. It hasn’t rained. There are definitely clouds. It’s all just a game of lights. The conditions are good to start the match, but like yesterday, if the light starts dimming in the evening, then there can be problems. For the time being, the Indian team would like to carry forward the better batting of tomorrow. Captain Kohli and vice-captain Rahane have already shared a half-century partnership. Now the emphasis will be on making it bigger. The first hour of the day is going to be the most important.
Delay in the start of third day’s play
At present, the latest update is that the start of the match has been delayed. The situation in Southampton is good now, but due to rain in the morning, it will take time to land. The umpire will check the ground at 2:50 Indian time and then make a decision. That is, even today the weather has put its effect.
It’s been a rainy morning here in Southampton and the covers have just been removed.
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 20, 2021
The time of every session
Session timings for Day 3
Session 1 – 1100 – 1300
Session 2 – 1340 – 1555
Session 3 – 1615 – 1830
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 20, 2021
If the weather remains clear, then the last session can be extended by half an hour till 11.30 pm.
Jamieson got wicket
There has been a strong appeal of LBW against Virat Kohli and the umpire has given it out. Virat Kohli has taken the review, but there is a disappointment for India. Virat Kohli has returned after getting out. India has lost the biggest wicket only on the 18th ball of the third day. This ball of Jamieson came quickly inside and hit Kohli’s pad. The third umpire’s replays showed all three red marks and India lost the review with the wicket. Jamieson has taken the wicket of Kohli for the second time.
Rishabh Pant also out
The first session of the third day is not going well for India. Rishabh Pant has also returned after getting out. After hitting a four on Jamieson, Pant tried to drive the ball out of the off-stump by making an angle, but the length of the ball was not worth it and the outside edge was caught in the hands of Tom Latham standing at second slip. Latham took the quick catch well.
Best cover drives by Rahane-Jadeja
Two good shots have been seen in this over of Jamieson. However, waiting for the outfield to slow down as yesterday, Rahane is not reaching the boundary due to the ball. Rahane first put on a beautiful cover drive. Played Genco till the very last moment and scored 3 runs. Jadeja then also hit a cover drive and scored 2 runs. Some similar runs are needed.
New Zealand plan work, Rahane out
India’s sixth wicket has fallen and Ajinkya Rahane is out and back. Wagner has had success. New Zealand made a surprise plan and dismissed Rahane immediately. Wagner, famous for troubling batsmen with his short-pitched balls, adopted the same plan against Rahane. First, a short ball came towards the body, which Rahane somehow pulled. Williamson then posted a fielder at square leg and Wagner bowled the same ball. Rahane played the same shot and the ball went straight into the hands of the square leg fielder.
India completes 200 runs
It is a relief for India that the team has crossed the 200-run mark. Ashwin punched the Saudi ball towards mid-off and completed India’s 200 with 2 runs. The Indian team will try to go for at least 250 runs so that the bowlers have time.
Ashwin also out, 7 wickets fell
India’s seventh wicket has fallen. Tim Southee has caught Ashwin at slip by Tom Latham. Ashwin, who has hit some good shots so far, took a boundary off a beautiful cover drive off the Saudis ball. Then he tried to drive the next ball the same way, but the outside ball was out of Ashwin’s reach and took the edge of the bat and was caught by Latham at second slip. Latham has taken his third catch today.
India till lunch on Day 3 – 211/7
The first session of the third day is over and it is a matter of relief for India that there are still wickets in hand. Till lunch, India has scored 211 runs for the loss of 7 wickets. In this session, 24.2 overs were played and New Zealand took 4 wickets. The Indian team could score only 65 runs. Ravindra Jadeja returned unbeaten on 15 and Ishant Sharma scored 2 runs till lunch.
After lunch Ishant out, 8th wicket fell
5 wickets for Jamieson, Bumrah out
Jasmine has taken his fifth wicket and LBW Jasprit Bumrah on the very next ball after Ishant. The first ball to Bumrah, who came to the crease, came on yorker length and he had no answer for it. There was no problem in giving LBW out to the umpire.
Jamieson has taken 5 wickets in an innings for the fifth time.
Shami stopped hat-trick by hitting four
India all out at 217
India got bowled out for 217 in their first innings. Trent Boult has caught Ravindra Jadeja at the hands of a wicketkeeper on the leg side as the last batsman. Jadeja could not add many runs to his account.
New Zealand innings start
New Zealand’s innings have started and Tom Latham and Devon Conway have come for the opening. Conway made a memorable debut two weeks ago against England, while Latham has become experienced in this task. Ishant Sharma, the most experienced fast bowler for India, has started bowling.
Maiden over by Ishant 12/0
Shami troubled Conway-Latham
For the first time in this innings, the Kiwi batsmen have looked troubled and Shami has surprised Conway and Latham in two consecutive balls. Shami’s first ball was a short pitch, which Conway wanted to play going forward, but the bounce surprised him and it hit the upper part of the bat and went over the slip. On the very next ball, Shami similarly put Latham in trouble. However, this time the catch did not jump, but Shami has told that the problem is going to increase.
Spin for the first time in the match, Ashwin on attack
Now for the first time spin bowling has been seen in this match. Indian captain Virat Kohli has now replaced Ashwin for the first time in place of Ishant Sharma. Given Ashwin’s record against both left-handed batsmen and this could prove to be very important. Another left-handed batsman in the middle order of the Kiwi team is Henry Nicholls. Ashwin would like to show his mettle against them. The first over was maiden.
Tight bowling of Ashwin-Shami
The catch came out from the top
Shami has once again troubled the Kiwi batsman and once again the catch was out of hand. The first ball of Shami’s over was short and came quickly towards Latham, who was shocked by the bounce and hit the upper part of the bat and the ball jumped in the air but went slightly above the reach of Rahane standing in the gully.
Impressed former English captain
This really high level Test cricket to watch .. Love a Test when it offers a balance between Bat & ball .. #WorldTestChampionship
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 20, 2021
Tight bowling by Ashwin, but no wicket
Drinks after Shami's finest over
Ashwin brings success
Ashwin gave India the first success. Out to Tom Latham. New Zealand has lost their first wicket on a total score of 70. Latham was dismissed after scoring 30 runs. Latham drives off Ashwin’s delivery but he could not keep it down and Kohli took his brilliant catch at short extra cover.
Kiwi captain on the field
Dark clouds are engulfing
Not good news for players and fans. It is getting dark and dark in Southampton, although the sun is also visible in the middle.
A short off length ball from Jasprit Bumrah was on the leg stump, which Conway tried to play towards fine leg, but instead of hitting the bat, the ball hit his waist and looked in some trouble.
Conway’s combative half-century
The tour of England is proving to be a great success for Kiwi opener Devon Conway. Conway played Bumrah’s ball at midwicket and scored 3 runs and completed his tremendous half-century. This is the first fifty from both the teams in this match. At the same time, in the third consecutive Test match, Conway has crossed the score of 50.
New Zealand batsmen in good condition
New Zealand’s 100 runs have been completed and the team seems to be in a strong position. Indian bowlers are not able to create any effect. Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja are trying to force the batsmen to make mistakes by applying pressure from both ends, but the Kiwi batsmen are absolutely glued. Even Kiwi captain Williamson, who doesn’t have a good record in England, doesn’t seem to be in any trouble.
New Zealand- 101/1
Success to Ishant, Conway out
India needed a breakthrough and Ishant Sharma has got it. Devon Conway, proving to be a disaster for the Indian team, has returned after getting out. Conway flicked the ball going towards Ishant’s leg side, but the ball did not come completely on the bat, and Mohammed Shami, standing at mid-on, took the catch by walking to his left.
Third day’s play over
The third day’s play has come to an end due to bad light. Although according to the scheduled time, it was only 2-3 minutes to end the third day, in case of better lighting, it could have been increased by half an hour. India ended their day in a somewhat better fashion by getting a wicket in the last over of the day. New Zealand scored 101 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor returned unbeaten.