In the India VS NZ WTC day 2, Kohli & Rahane steadied the India boat as the weather woes continued persisting, and in that matter, we will look at Day 3 weather prediction as well.
The venue was Rose Bowl & the occasion was the second day of the biggest clash in Test cricket has seen in recent cricketing history – the World Test Championship final.
Losing the toss, Kohli’s men were put to bat first. After a decent start, India was shaken by the English bowlers, only for the day to be called off earlier than the scheduled time due to bad weather.
While the first day was completely washed out, the second day saw some fine cricketing action with Indian side defending the harshest of balls with finesse & New Zealand also scalping wickets at regular interval.
Kohli Loses Toss, Kiwis Go with 5 Pacers
Losing toss, Kohli’s men were put to bat against a Kiwi side that came to the field with 5-pacers. Owing to the overcast condition and the damp pitch, it was a good toss to win. However, opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill gave India a start to remember, defending the challenging deliveries and putting the bad ones away.
Gill & Sharma Frustrates Kiwi Bowlers
While experienced batsman Rohit Sharma left Kiwi bowlers frustrated and displayed what experience is all about, young Gill played some sumptuous shots. Together the duo stitched 62 runs for the first wicket.
The dreamy start came to an end in the 21st over with Rohit edging Kyle Jamieson’s ball and being sent to the dressing room at 34. Soon, Gill gave away his wicket to underrated Neil Wagner in his very first over.
Pujara & Kohli survive till lunch
New to the crease – Virat Kohli & Cheteshwar Pujara made valiant effort of not giving away a wicket before the lunch. While, their efforts did pay off and India looked promising with only 2 wickets down, Pujara’s low strike rate became his own end by the end.
In the second session of the game, the Kiwi bowlers bowled some of their best bowling in recent Test matches. The bowlers made sure that the boundaries dried down and even singles came difficult to come by. At one point, Pujara, who is often lauded for his defence, was playing at 6 runs and had already conceded 50 deliveries.
Pujara’s Low Strike rate, India on Brink of Collapse
Soon, Pujara’s low strike rate became his evitable end and Boult struck at the perfect time in his second spell to send Pujara packing. India now looked to be at the brink of another collapse, having slipped from 62/0 to 88/3.
Rahane & Kohli Steady Boat
The responsibility to get their team out of trouble fell once again on captain Kohli and his wonderful deputy Ajinkya Rahane. And to the delight of Indian cricket fans – they did the same. Both Rahane and Kohli endured the storm of swinging harsh deliveries by both Tim Southee and Trent Boult. The knight & his deputy didn’t seem fazed by the kiwi bowling attack and rooted themselves on the crease.
In the process of steadying the boat, both Kohli and Rahane played some wonderful shots. While Kohli hit a crunchy cover drive and got off the mark in style, Rahane called the bluff out on deceptive bowls by Kiwi pacers.
With multiple rain interruptions by the end, India ended the day on 146/3 with Kohli not out at 44 and Rahane on 29.
Ind VS NZ WTC Final: Day 3 Weather Prediction
As they say in England – rains and cricket go hand-in-hand. The same will be seen on the third day of the Test between Indians and Kiwis as well. According to Accuweather, a considerable chunk of the first session will be washed out with wind gusts dominating the morning session.