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

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


All the stats, analysis and colour from the title bout of the inaugural World Test Championship

Day five of the World Test Championship final. Here’s hoping the weather cooperates and allows Virat Kohli’s India and Kane Williamson’s New Zealand to get down to business. We have a maximum of 196 overs left in the game, here are ESPNcricinfo’s live updates – please refresh your page for the latest.
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Tight and tense

One hour done, New Zealand have scored just 16 runs. Batting has been tough. India have not given them anything to hit. Just the two boundaries. One off the rare half-volley, the other a glove down the leg side. Just the 12 overs bowled in that hour. New Zealand 117 for 2 in 61 overs, still trailing by 100.


Ross Taylor. LBW candidate. Check again, maybe?

This is from Shiva Jayaraman, who is on top of these thigs

Ross Taylor has gathered reputation over the years as a batter who can get out lbw to fast bowlers because he tends to get his front foot across, and because of that India bowlers have bowled straighter to him targeting his pads. However, that perceived weakness doesn’t come through in Taylor’s recent record in Tests. In the last three years, he has been dismissed lbw only five times in 36 innings. Among 33 top-order batsmen to have batted 30 or more times in the last three years, Taylor’s 13.9% (of innings that end with lbw dismissals) ranks only 21st. . Joe Root and Virat Kohli find themselves among the top five in this list, which is led by Roston Chase (11 lbw dismissals in 36 innings). Even in all international cricket in England in the last five years, Taylor has been dismissed lbw only twice in 17 innings.

New Zealand 112 for 2 in 58 overs.


India remain tight

Ishant Sharma began the morning with two misdirected balls down the leg side and got away with it. Those remain the only loose balls in the first half hour, during which New Zealand have scored only five runs. Kane Williamson’s first run of the morning came right at the turn of the half hour.

India’s chances of winning this are not bright barring a collapse this morning. The next-best thing for them is to dry up the runs so that New Zealand run out of time to force a result. India aren’t bowling this way or that. Neither too attacking not defensive. They are just bowling with the discipline they usually do. New Zealand will have to bat slightly adventurously if they are to force the issue, but they are still 111 behind so it is too early for that.

New Zealand 106 for 2 in 55 overs.


Starting in 20 minutes

The rain has stopped, the inspection has been done, and we are starting at 11.30am. WE have lost an hour but half of it can be made up at the end of the day. Provided the light remains good till 7pm, we should get 91 overs in.


How much more rain can we survive?

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