Kyle Jamieson strikes and Rohit Sharma is the first wicket to fall from the Indian side. Rohit did nothing wrong though, just hanged his bat outside the off stump, the ball, shaped lovely by Jamieson, took his outside edge and Tim Southee took a lovely catch in the slips, diving forward.
The inaugural edition of the World Test Championship (WTC) Final has begun in Southampton between India and New Zealand. After a washout on the first day of the Test match, the weather has improved and has allowed the second day’s play to start on time.
Virat Kohli’s poor fortune with the toss continued as Kane Williamson won the toss and decided to field first. While India had announced their playing XI two days earlier, New Zealand announced it today, right at the toss. They went with an all-seam attack, leaving out Ajaz Patel. It meant Colin de Grandhomme played the role of the fifth bowler, after Boult, Southee, Wagner and Jamieson.
Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill started well, negating the swing by standing a couple of steps outside the crease. There was just one hiccup at the start when Gill had called for a quick single, but Rohit wasn’t ready and despite that hesitation with Gill halfway down the crease , he made the ground back in time. The duo then took on the bad balls from Boult and Southee and made them pay.
In the first 10 overs, India were 37 and skipper Williamson brought their trump card Kyle Jamieson into the attack. However, he faced the class of young Shubman Gill, who hit him for a four on just the second ball. Following this, India played a bit cautiously and played out the next three overs without scoring any runs and completed the first hour safely.
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