WTC Final Live – IND vs NZ LIVE: Southee, Boult duo destroys famed Indian batting line up, shot them out for 170 – New Zealand pacers Tim Southee and Trent Boult brought A game to the table dismiss Virat Kohli’s Team India on 170 in the second innings of the World Test Championship final on Day 6 here at The Rose Bowl, Southampton on Wednesday. Southee picked four wickets while Boult claimed three wickets to put New Zealand in the driving seat.
Rishabh Pant goes for a big one against Trent Boult, but miscues and is caught by Henry Nicholls.
A massive breakthrough for the @BLACKCAPS 💥
— ICC (@ICC) June 23, 2021
WTC Final Live – IND vs NZ LIVE: Southee removed India openers, Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma upfront while took the wickets of Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah to end India’s innings on 170. His partner in crime Boult, also came back in form to pick the important wickets of Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant and R Ashwin.
Pant was looking dangerous in the middle but Boult took the vital wicket. The inspired show with the ball ensured that New Zealand will need to score 139 runs in a minimum of 53 overs to win the title. Pant decided to step out and lofted the ball in the air. It was a casual end to what had been a fighting knock till then. Even though he did miss quite a few balls, he was looking to apply himself till Boult got the better of him. Henry Nicholls took a stunner to send Pant back as it was the beginning of the end of the India essay.
Two wickets in the over for Boult ⚡️
— ICC (@ICC) June 23, 2021
WTC Final Live – IND vs NZ LIVE: Meanwhile Rishabh Pant top-scored for India as he played a knock of 41 runs, but he hardly found any company as none of the top-order batsmen managed to spend time in the middle. It was ultimately left on the likes of Ravindra Jadeja (16 off 49 balls) to give him company as India lost the wickets of Virat Kohli (13), Cheteshwar Pujara (15) and Rahane (15) in the first session itself.
Right from the first session, the Kiwi bowlers brought out their A-game. It was all about discipline and patience for the New Zealand bowlers as they kept attacking the channel outside the off-stump with the occasional bouncers to rough the batsmen up.
WTC Final Live – IND vs NZ LIVE: Resuming the second session at 130/5, Pant and Jadeja managed to add 12 more runs to the total before Jadeja’s (16) stint at the crease came to an end as he was sent packing by Neil Wagner. The left-arm angled one across the channel, and Jadeja poked at the delivery, handing an easy catch to BJ Watling behind the stumps.
India all-out for 170.
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) June 23, 2021
WTC Final Live – IND vs NZ LIVE: Mohammed Shami did manage to add 13 valuable runs to the total, but in the end, it was all about waiting for the innings to end. Kyle Jamieson returned with two wickets while Boult picked three. Not to forget Wagner’s lion-hearted effort even though he had only one wicket to show for his efforts.