WTC Final: Kohli, Pujara on the crease as India aims at the thrilling win on Reserve Day

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Captain Virat Kohli & Cheteshwar Pujara ensured that there is no further loss of wickets in the third session, as the WTC Final moved to a reserve day to decide the winner of the marquee final.

India finished the fifth day of the WTC final on 64/2 with the final moving to a reserve day i.e Wednesday. In the third session on Day 5, speedster Tim Southee scalped the crucial wickets of the Indian openers. However, India has taken a 32 runs lead with Virat Kohli & Cheteshwar Pujara remaining unbeaten at 8 & 12. Virat & Pujara will resume India’s innings on Wednesday with the aim of scoring runs cautiously without losing any wickets.

In the third session on Day 5 of the WTC final, Rohit Sharma & Shubman Gill started India’s innings. It was a slow start for India as the openers could bring up just 24 runs in 10 overs. Then came Tim Southee to lead New Zealand’s bowling attack & soon he provided a breakthrough to his side by trapping Shubman Gill in front of stumps for 8 runs. With the dismissal of Shubman Gill, Southee registered his 600th International wicket. Cheteshwar Pujara came on the field to support Rohit Sharma & together the duo stitched a 27 runs stand before Rohit Sharma fall prey to Southee’s bowling attack.

The Kiwis were bowled out for 249 runs in the second session of Day 5

In the second session of Day 5, Indian pacers produced a spell-bounding pace attack to wrap up New Zealand for 249 runs in the first innings. Mohammed Shami & Ishant Sharma led India’s pace attack & provided much-needed breakthroughs to India before Ravichandran Ashwin removed Neil Wagner at the tea break. And the Black Caps extended their first-innings lead before getting bowled for 249 runs. In the first session on Tuesday India was on top by scalping wickets & dismissing New Zealand’s top-order. But Black Caps led the fightback to take a crucial first-innings lead.

Southee & Trent Boult frustrated the Indian bowlers by settling down on the crease. However, Ravindra Jadeja did the job for India by removing dangerous Tim Southee to wrap up New Zealand’s innings for 249 runs. In the first session, India’s pacers Mohammed Shami & Ishant Sharma spun a perfect pace attack to put the Black Caps on the back foot. Shami scalped two wickets while Ishant scalped one wicket to leave New Zealand struggling at 135 for 5.

Top class quality bowling performance by India pacers helped the Indian team to end the first session of the Day 5 on a high note.

Brief Score:

India 217 & 64/2 (Rohit Sharma 30, Cheteshwar Pujara 12*, Tim Southee 2/17, New Zealand 249 runs (Devon Conway 54, Ishant Sharma 3/48, Mohammed Shami 4/76)

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