Ravichandran Ashwin strikes and it’s Tom Latham who has to depart. King Kohli takes a brilliant catch at short cover. Ashwin bowled this slow and gave a lot of flight. Latham, being invited for the drive, went for it and gave a dolly to Kohli.
Earlier, India’s skipper Virat Kohli was the first one to depart in the morning. It was the shuffle and the attempt to play the flick shot that got the better of Virat Kohli in ICC tournaments. Kohli failed to add more to his overnight score of 44. All Jamieson had to do was pitch the ball fuller and the pitch did the trick thereafter. The ball nipped in, beat the inside edge of Kohli’s willow and hit him right on the pad. The umpire raised his finger after a brief thought and he was right. Kohli did take the DRS, but the ball tracking showed three reds.
After getting hit for a four, Jamieson teased Pant by bowling one outside off and his bounce does the trick. Pant reached out, wanting to drive and got an outside edge, which carried to Tom Latham in the slips.
Just when India were losing the plot, Kane Williamson turned to Neil Wagner, who used his short ball strategy. It worked against Rahane. Wagner was bowling full yesterday and just today, he switched to his strength of bowling short balls. Rahane played one uppish shot but he got lucky. Wagner, continuing the short stuff, bowled it again and Rahane, confused whether to pull or not, was caught in his mind and ended up gifting his wicket. Rahane holed out to Tom Latham at square leg and India were reduced to 182/6.
Following this, Ashwin and Jadeja tried to take the game on but Ashwin fell in the meantime. Jadeja probably made a mistake of giving the strike to Ishant as New Zealand bowlers took no time to take the remaining three wickets, bundling India out for a paltry 217.
In reply, Tom Latham and Devon Conway started the innings with a defensive approach and scored at around two runs per over and took New Zealand safely till Tea. However, after that they upped the scoring rate and started taking on Indian bowlers.
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