In the WTC Final of India VS NZ, the match slipped into reserve day, thanks to interruptions throughout the Test. Before the encounter begins, let’s take a look at Day 5 highlights and a look at the reserve day weather forecast. It should be noted that if there’s no play on the reserve day as well, or no conclusion comes by the end of the day, the trophy of World Test Championship 2021 will be awarded jointly to the two finalist – India and New Zealand.
Earlier, on Day 5 of the Test, India was in the backfoot, with all the pressure to bundle the kiwis as soon as it could. The New Zealand side started off its inning at a stable 101/2 and were trailing 116 runs from India’s 1st inning total.
History Repeats Itself for New Zealand
Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor came to the middle with the intent to continue their partnership and get their team on the other side of the total. However, history repeated itself and Indian bowlers did the same as Kiwi bowlers did in the first inning. The troika of Bumrah, Sharma & Shami started with its pace attack.
New Zealand on Backfoot; 101/2 to 135/2
Shami looked especially lethal and confused the Kiwi batsman. Finally, after one hour of intense balling, Indians got their first wicket in the form of Taylor who was playing on 11 off 37. Capitalizing on the shaken mindset, Ishant Sharma made Henry Nicholas hit forward and deposit the ball to the second slip. Eventually Watling was also sent packing thanks to a cracker of a delivery by Shami. Kiwis were reeling at 135/5.
But Kane Williamson held the fort on his end, and remained unfazed by the falling of the wickets.
Second Session Begins; Kiwis Get a Move Onn
Having rattled by the Indian bowlers in the first session, the Kiwis started the second session with an intent of getting a move on. It was Grandhomme who made the intent known, hitting Bumrah for a four. But the acceleration was short lived as Shami again spat fire to trap Grandhomme in front of stumps.
Kylie Jamieson – The all-rounder’s all-rounder
The score was now at 162/6 and Indians were tightening the noose around Kiwi batsman. But Kyle Jamieson, who had in the first inning made the ball sing and had taken wickets left and right, played some fearless shots.
Thanks to his 21 off 16, New Zealand was able to pick up the inning’s momentum and got closer to India’s total. Even Tim Southee showed how capable the tail of Kiwi batting side is and played an inning of 30 of 46.
With the help of its fighting tail, the Kiwis were able to register a lead of 32 runs.
India again slips after starting well
In its second inning, Indian side again showed a promising start with both Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill looking in a rich vein. However, Southee got the better of Gill and sent him packing at 8 off 33.
Soon, the overcast conditions changed and the sun shone bright over the Rose Bowl, and Cheteshwar Pujara & Rohit Sharma played a decent cricket under the English sun. But just when it looked that the duo was going to remain unbeaten before the end of the session, Southee again came back with full force.
Southee got the better of Rohit Sharma and sent him back at 30 off 81. Before the day’s play ended, Kohli was not out on 8 and Pujara remained unbeaten at 12. India has taken a lead of 32 runs.
Reserve Day Weather Forecast
According to the UK Meteorology Department-
A chilly start in some rural areas, otherwise, it will be a fine and dry day with sunnier skies for many. Feeling warmer than on Tuesday, with light winds. Maximum temperature 23 °C.”