Recent Match Report - India vs New Zealand Final 2019-2021

As it happened – India vs New Zealand, WTC final, Southampton, 3rd day

Day three of the World Test Championship final. Here’s to more riveting cricket from Virat Kohli’s India and Kane Williamson’s New Zealand – just like yesterday. Here’s ESPNcricinfo’s live updates – please refresh your page for the latest.
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6.30pm

That is stumps

That is also stumps. New Zealand will love what they have managed today, dragging India back with seven wickets for just 71 runs and then scoring 101 themselves for the loss of just two wickets. The full report on the day that belonged to Kyle Jamieson and Devon Conway is in the works. See you tomorrow.

6.25pm

The extravagant flick

That is a shot that Devon Conway loves. He flicks with a flourish if you overpitch on the pads. Remember how he found out the fielder in the last Test? He has done it again, this time wide mid-on. There was build-up to this shot: three straight maidens, 26 dot balls, and Conway saw some release in that leg-side half-volley and ended up playing a touch early and chipping it to Mohammed Shami at wide mid-on.

Between the wicket and Ross Taylor’s arrival, they check the light and deem it good enough to continue. Remember how New Zealand lost crucial wickets to Bhuvneshwar Kumar in fading light at Eden Gardens in 2016-17?

New Zealand 101 for 2 in 48.4 overs. Conway gone for 54 off 153 balls.

PS: As it usually happens, the umpires take players off for bad light just after a wicket has fallen.

6pm

First fifty of the match

Quite unsurprisingly, it has come from Devon Conway, the find of this summer. He has looked as assured as one can on this pitch and against bowling of this quality. He has progressively picked up the scoring rate. New Zealand 99 for 1 in 44 overs.

5.30pm

Ashwin the conjurer

Shiva Jayaraman has tried to put numbers here to “being threatening irrespective of conditions”. It is not perfect but is as good as it can be without the help of HawkEye data on spin. Here he is

Eyebrows would have been raised when both R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were included in the playing XI, notwithstanding the conditions that were expected with the inclement weather around. If you had to drop one of R Ashwin or Ravindra Jadeja, who was it going to be? While Jadeja’s batting and fielding add a lot more all-round value to the side compared with Ashwin, the offspinner offers something that the Indian team management has perhaps come to realize in recent times: the ability to create something irrespective of the conditions. Ashwin was the first to take a wicket here, as he has been on eight previous occasions when India haven’t taken a wicket in the first 20 overs of an innings. No other bowler since 2010 has provided his team the breakthrough after 20 overs more often. New Zealand’s Tim Southee is next in this list with seven such dismissals.

New Zealand 76 for 1 in 39 overs.

5.20pm

Ashwin finds the breakthrough

The discipline of Ashwin pays off for the first wicket for spin in this Test. Tom Latham started this session with a hard-hands drive first ball, and has played the kind of shot he has been avoiding two balls after the drinks break. Yes, Ashwin got dip on this, he has been playing around with his pace too, but Latham has done without driving away from the body so far. Here he has done just that and chipped to short extra cover.

New Zealand 70 for 1. Latham gone for 30 off 104.

5.15pm

India still looking for a breakthrough

Devon Conway and Tom Latham keep growing in confidence as they get surer and surer of what the pitch is doing. Classic batting against high-quality seam bowling. India might not be swinging it, but the ball is still doing enough to keep them interested. But they are a three-man seam attack, which means the fourth bowler is only doing a limiting job, which R Ashwin has done quite well, bowling zero bad balls in eight overs for just 10 runs. New Zealand’s control percentage stays around 83, but the real chances are getting fewer.

New Zealand 70 for 0 in 34 overs. Conway 38 off 102, Latham 30 off 102.

4.45pm

Another half hour gone

4:15

Match Day Masterclass: Swing vs seam - Dale Steyn explains

Six overs, 18 runs, no further wicket. Tom Latham has edged one between third slip and gully, and once driven uppishly through mid-off. Still the key figure is no wicket has fallen. New Zealand 54 for 0 in 27 overs. And the important discussion is between seam and swing. India are predominantly seam bowlers, New Zealand swung it a lot. That was the difference back in New Zealand too. However, India looked similarly comfortable against the new ball before the slightly older ball started to cause them problems. They will hope so for sure, but right now their fans will be nervous.

3.55pm

Openers go to tea

This has definitely been New Zealand’s session. They took out the last three Indian wickets for just six runs, and then their openers have batted out the testing period to tea for no loss. India haven’t let them run away, conceding just 36 runs in 21 overs. They came close to getting a wicket, especially Mohammed Shami, who took the shoulder of the bat only for the ball to sail over the cordon. New Zealand’s control percentage is 83, which means they have survived 22 false responses without losing a wicket. India were bowled out in 108 of those.

New Zealand trail by 181 runs, and if light stays good we are in for another humdinger of a session. Quite a long one too: possibly more than three hours.

3pm

Tom Leavam

Tom Latham has left alone 15 balls in his 30. He leaves a lot of balls. On length many of them. This is quite a contest going on with Ishant Sharma looking to bowl straight with a strong leg-side field to make him play. Jasprit Bumrah is trying to get closer to him without getting straight. They will also remember perhaps how Mohammed Shami got him out leaving the ball in Christchurch last year. Also it takes courage to keep trusting your leaves if you are Latham. He has been dismissed four times leaving the ball in Tests.

New Zealand 17 for 0 after nine overs.

2.10pm

Five time, five time, five time, five time, five time

Kyle Jamieson takes out Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah in successive balls to seal his fifth five-wicket haul in a young career. That’s the most five-fors for anyone in this WTC cycle. Ishant gone fishing, and Bumrah – promoted ahead of Mohammed Shami – trapped by a yorker.

Minutes later, following a long sight-screen adjustment break, Ravindra Jadeja edges down the leg side for India to be bowled out for 217. They will be disappointed after they started the day at 146 for 3, but won’t mind this score overall because the conditions continue to be helpful for bowling. There is swing, there is seam, and the sun has gone hiding again.

India’s control percentage yesterday was close to 85 yesterday but it has now come down to 80. It has taken 108 balls of false responses for India to be bowled out.

The stat of the innings, courtesy Nasser Hussain: zero byes in the innings. BJ Watling was exceptional behind the wicket in his last Test. He will have crucial work to do in front too.

India 217 in 92.1 overs (Rahane 49, Kohli 44, Jamieson 5-31)

Post-lunch session is on

And the sun is out

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