New Zealand forged a strong comeback on the start of day two as their bowlers were right on the mark and pinned India further on the backfoot, bundling them for a paltry 217. Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane top-scored with 49, falling just one short of half-century, while Kyle Jamieson took his fifth five-wicket haul in the format.
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. Ashwin was finding some spin and he used the pace beautifully to set up Tom Latham. Inviting Tom Latham for a cover drive, Ashwin varied the pace and gave a lot of flight. Latham walked down the track to drive, but ended up playing it uppishly in the hands of Virat Kohli at short cover.
Here are the best tweets:
— S P Y (@Kohli_Spy) June 20, 2021
Walking the talk, my King 👑. pic.twitter.com/XxadGO1vjc
— Sai Krishna💫 (@SaiKingkohli) June 20, 2021
This stats tell the story of Shami and England tour. pic.twitter.com/bX6TmimUzC
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) June 20, 2021
Kohli FLEW there. 🪁 pic.twitter.com/dCQ0mawUBy
— Wisden India (@WisdenIndia) June 20, 2021
36% false shots for Mohammed Shami so far – the most of any bowler in the match. #WTCFinal
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) June 20, 2021
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) June 20, 2021
The Indian bowling has been superb, much like the NZ bowling. They’ve given nothing away. The quality of this game has been terrific. There haven’t been glorious cover drives or on-drives, because there’s been very little to hit.
— cricketingview (@cricketingview) June 20, 2021
A Commentator just said no spin no mystery whack Ashwin and that results in first breakthrough
— Prasanna (@prasannalara) June 20, 2021
Whenever I see Kyle Jamieson I imagine him fronting a Soviet-era athletics poster with a javelin in-hand, staring defiantly into the distance. #INDvNZ
— Isabelle Westbury (@izzywestbury) June 20, 2021
— Riyan Parag (@ParagRiyan) June 20, 2021
Mood swing ho gaya, ball nahi huyi.#WTCFinal21
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 20, 2021
everything ICONIC about this man pic.twitter.com/1gdFoqHN8c
— 𝑷𝒓𝒂𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒕 (@Kohliesque) June 20, 2021
— Shiva 🇵🇹 (@Billa_Shiva_) June 20, 2021