An evenly poised sixth day began with India’s skipper Virat Kohli up against his nemesis Tim Southee. Kohli survived the first spell and then he was up against Kyle Jamieson, who had dismissed him in the first innings. Kohli defended all the nipping-in deliveries, but he poked at one wide outside off, probably looking for a quick single towards third man. However, the extra pace and bounce from Jamieson meant that Kohli was quite late in playing that and ended up edging it straight to the keeper BJ Watling.
Pujara too followed Kohli to the dressing, getting dismissed by the same bowler and all of a sudden, India was in huge trouble. Jamieson was breathing fire and Pujara’s wicket was a classic example of it. He teased Pujara by bowling outside off and Pujara, caught in two minds whether to play it or leave it, ends up poking from the toe end of the bat and gave a simple catch in the slips.
The onus was on Rahane and Pant to steer the innings and while Rahane held one end, Pant was looking to score runs whenever he got opportunities. Pant found himself lucky against Kyle Jamieson as he edged one straight to the first slip, only to be dropped by a diving Tim Southee.
Post that, Pant and Jadeja took on the bad balls and showed intent, which ensured all three results were possible after Lunch. The duo took India’s lead close to 100, when umpires called for the session break. Jadeja was beautifully set up by Neil Wagner and he fell in the trap, edging one straight to the keeper.
Rishabh Pant tried to continue pacing the innings with Ravichandran Ashwin, but he too fell to Trent Boult while taking on the experienced pacer. Pant top edged one straight in the air and Henry Nicholls ran backwards from gully and completed the catch.
Following this, Ashwin also departed while playing a big shot and India looked to be in a spot of bother. Shami, though, entertained fans and stole some time with his three fours, but an excellent strategic move from Kane Williamson and Tim Southee got the better of him. India collapsed on a paltry 170 and took a 138 run lead over New Zealand.
In reply, Tom Latham and Devon Conway started the run chase briskly and were scoring at the required runs per over. However, India’s spin king Ravichandran Ashwin provided them the first breakthrough as he snapped up the wicket of Tom Latham. Ashwin was bowling beautifully this afternoon and he was rewarded. Latham walked down the track, only to find the length being shortened by Ashwin. The southpaw tried working it on the on-side, but Ashwin is too good a bowler to take on. He missed and Pant did the work behind, clipping the bails off.
Ashwin followed it with the wicket of Devon Conway and India’s winning chances rose by some numbers but Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor were just too good to counter Ashwin. Not only this, the duo punished all the bad balls and took India’s win out of the equation and kept the required run-rate in check. Kohli tried changing his bowling options and kept shuffling, but he found no luck.
Here are the best tweets of the day:
Rohit Sharma’s knock in both the inning was well disciplined. His temperament intent & technique was all commendable in these tough English conditions. Indeed the most successful opener in WTC with 1094 runs at incredible avg of 60.77
— Ƥ (@Pallette_) June 23, 2021
The only spark of miracle that could’ve won us the match was the catch that Pujara could have taken.
And I think Jadeja should’ve come to bowl much much earlier in both the innings!#INDvNZ
— Vinod Kambli (@vinodkambli349) June 23, 2021
Rishabh Pant’s Test Career Average crossed 45+ now. And he is the First Wicketkeeper Batsman at present, who Test average is 45+. (Min. 1000 runs). #INDvNZ
— CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) June 23, 2021
— 🏏FlashScore Cricket Commentators (@FlashCric) June 23, 2021
— Nic Savage (@nic_savage1) June 23, 2021
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) June 23, 2021
🤣 😍 😀 🙄 🙃 😠
The many faces of Virat Kohli!
— ICC (@ICC) June 23, 2021
Congratulations NZ you deserves this win🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳 pic.twitter.com/Im24WaDbbL
— Ajay patil #dead☠️ (@PatilAj45) June 23, 2021
India’s designated wicketkeeper and Ravindra Jadeja, batting together against New Zealand on a reserve day of an ICC tournament, in the knockouts… We’ve seen this story before. #WTCFinal
— Saurabh Somani (@saurabh_42) June 23, 2021
Highest score by Indians in WTC Final.
Rohit Sharma – 64 Runs
Ajinkya Rahane – 64 Runs
Virat Kohli – 57 Runs
Rishabh pant – 45 Runs
Shubman Gill – 36 Runs
Ravindra Jadeja – 31 Runs
Ravichandran Ashwin – 29 Runs
Cheteshwar Pujara – 23 Runs @ImRo45 #RohitSharma pic.twitter.com/RDTNEGqesQ
— HITMAN ROCKY 😎 (@HITMANROCKY45_) June 23, 2021
Ravi Jadeja faked all cricket fans, I thought it was catch.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) June 23, 2021
— Troll Cinema ( TC ) (@Troll_Cinema) June 23, 2021
Indian Cricket Fans rn : pic.twitter.com/WUdQ3uJOg2
— Paras Jain (@_paras25_) June 23, 2021
— Lucky Pareta Official 😷 (@LuckyPareta9) June 23, 2021
Umpires call that changed the #WTC2021Final
— Adesh Ajju (@AjjuAdesh) June 23, 2021
Test cricket at its best!!! 😍😍 #WTC2021Final
— Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) June 23, 2021