India vs New Zealand, ICC World Test Championship Final Day 3: Jamieson, Conway steal the show
Kyle Jamieson and Devon Conway stole the show for New Zealand on the third day of the ICC World Test Championship final at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on Sunday.
Jamieson claimed five for 31 and Conway struck a patient 54 as New Zealand finished the day at 101 for two, still trailing India by 116 runs. Earlier India was bowled out for 217, a swift collapse after resuming at their overnight score of 146 for three.
Captain Virat Kohli was the first to fall early in the day for 44. Thereafter there was a collapse as India's middle and lower-order simply offered no resistance.
Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane held on for a while but was finally out for 49 off 117 balls. All-rounders Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin tried to repair the innings, but their partnership did not yield. India's last three wickets fell for just four runs.
For New Zealand, apart from Jamieson, the other wicket-takers were Trent Boult (2-47) and Neil Wagner (2-40).
In their response, New Zealand's openers began confidently weathering the storm as they took on India's varied attack. India bowlers tested them under cloudy conditions, but to no avail.
New Zealand's openers Tom Latham (30) and Conway (54: 153b, 222m, 6x4) braved the onslaught gamely. Mohammed Shami for one troubled Latham the most, but could not make any inroads.
Finally, it was down to Ashwin to claim the first wicket by a spinner as he snared Latham. Then towards the dying moments of the day Conway lost patience and handed a easy catch to Shami off Ishant.
That was the cue for the players to go off for poor light as play was finally done for the day after having been extended.
Plenty of wickets on the third day of the ICC World Test Championship Final, but in between all that was some gorgeous batting, and a few emotions.— ICC (@ICC) June 20, 2021
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India 1st Innings: 217 (92.1 overs)
Fall of wickets: 4-149 (Virat Kohli-67.4 ov), 5-156 (Rishabh Pant-73.4 ov), 6-182 (Ajinkya Rahane-78.4 ov), 7-205 (Ravichandran Ashwin-85.5 ov), 8-213 (Ishant Sharma-91.4 ov), 9-213 (Jasprit Bumrah-91.5 ov), 10-217 (Ravindra Jadeja-92.1 ov)
New Zealand 1st Innings: 101-2 (49 overs)
Fall of wickets: 1-70 (Tom Latham-34.2 ov), 2-101 (Devon Conway-48.4 ov)
End of Day Three: New Zealand trail India by 116 runs
India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
New Zealand: Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wicket-keeper), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult
Start Time: 10:30 am UK time
Toss: New Zealand won the toss and decided to field
Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton
Match Officials: Michael Gough, Richard Illingworth (On-field umpires); Richard Kettleborough (TV Umpire); Alex Wharf (Reserve Umpire); Chris Broad (Match Referee)