ICC WTC Final, Day 3: Virat Kohli and the opening pair of Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma gave India a slight edge over New Zeland on the second day of the World Test Championship. But the New Zealand bowlers asked questions with Dukes Grade 1 ball, especially Kyle Jamieson. The 6ft 6inch all-rounder posed a lot of challenge to India’s top order and got the BlackCaps their first breakthrough in Rohit Sharma. It will be interesting how Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane start their Day 3 against Jamieson.
ICC WTC Final, Day 3: Kyle Jamieson vs Virat Kohli
While Trent Boult and Tim Southee are a challenge for right-handers, former Indian cricket Agarkar had said facing Jamieson will pose altogether a different threat for the Team India’s batsmen due to his height.
“It has certainly got a lot of variety. I mean it is because you look at someone like Jamieson who is a tall guy and will pose a different challenge,” he said on Star Sports show Game Plan. And rightly so.
Kyle Jamieson wasn’t a bowler until he left high school. Playing his eighth Test match, he’s already taken four five-wicket hauls 👏
— ICC (@ICC) June 19, 2021
Jamieson has taken 39 wickets at 15.15 since the start of 2018 in Test matches. But what standout is in his seven Test he already has four five-wicket hauls.
On Saturday, Jamieson was the most economical bowler from the New Zealand camp. He bowled 14 overs, second behind Tim Southee (17), and conceded just 14 runs at an economy rate of one run per over.
Furthermore, it will also be a battle between Jamieson and his Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Kohli. The Blackcaps all-rounder never bowled to the Indian captain in the nets during IPL which makes the contest even more interesting.
With the ball swinging in the overcast conditions of Southampton, he can be very effective with the Dukes ball against the Indian batsman.
ICC WTC Final, Day 3: Kohli and Rahane hold the fort
The third session on the second day of the ongoing final at the Ageas Bowl did not see much play and rain forced early stumps. At stumps on Day Two, India’s score read 146/3 with Virat Kohli (44*) and Ajinkya Rahane (29*) at the crease. The final session on Day Two saw 26 runs being scored in 9.1 overs.
Resuming the final session at 120/3, Kohli and Rahane batted out 15 minutes and once again, the match had to be stopped because of bad light. However, it proved to be a short break as the players made their way back to the pitch within 30 minutes.
Both batsmen added 12 more runs to the total, and once again, the play had to be stopped because of bad light.
Earlier Kohli along with his deputy Rahane ensured that India does not fall behind against New Zealand in the second session on the second day after the fall of Cheteshwar Pujara’s wicket.
At tea break on Day Two, India’s score reads 120/3 with Kohli (35*) and Rahane (13*) at the crease. The second session saw 51 runs being scored in 27.3 overs.
Earlier, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to field first in the much-awaited World Test Championship (WTC) final against India. Incessant rain saw the opening day’s play being washed off at the Ageas Bowl on Friday.