Ashwin provides the first breakthrough for India and Tom Latham has to go. Ashwin was bowling beautifully this afternoon and he has been 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 misses and Pant does the work behind, clipping the bails off.
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.
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