WTC Final, Reserve Day: The Black Caps wrapped up India for 170, NZ still needs 139 to win

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Tim Southee starred with the ball by scalping four crucial wickets, as India was wrapped up for 170 runs in the second innings on the Reserve Day of the ongoing WTC Final between India & New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl. New Zealand’s spectacular show with the ball helped the Black Caps to restrict India to a limited 170 runs. The kiwis will now need to score 139 runs in 53 overs to win the inaugural WTC Final title.

Rishabh Pant was the highest run-scorer for India who played a gleaming knock of 41 runs. He fought a lone battle as none of the top-order batsmen could make it to spend time in the middle order. Ravindra Jadeja & Rishabh Pant were leading the innings for India in the middle as Virat Kohli (13), Cheteshwar Pujara (15) & Ajinkya Rahane (15) were sent back to the pavilion in the first session of the day.

Right from the first session on the Reserve Day, the Black Caps bowlers adapted a disciplined bowling approach, making it hard for India’s batsmen to score runs in the middle. The kiwi’s bowlers were attacking the channel outside the off-stump with the occasional bouncers to make scoring tough for India’s batsmen.

A mixture of good deliveries along with regular dismissals resulted in India being bundled out for 170 without showing much resilience. India’s experienced batsmen like Ajinkya Rahane & Cheteshwar Pujara were not able to settle down on the crease & the responsibility of scoring was left on lower order. Resuming the session after lunch break at 130/5 Pant & Jadeja added more 12 runs on board before Jadeja was sent back to the pavilion by Neil Wagner for 16 runs. Ravichandran Ashwin joined Rishabh Pant in the middle & the duo added more 14 runs to the total. However the blooming partnership ended in the 70th over as Pant got out for 41 runs off Trent Boult’s delivery. The dismissal of Pant was the beginning of the end of India’s innings. In the very same over, Ashwin (7) was dismissed by Trent Boult & India was reduced to 156 for 8 wickets down.

India’s star pacer Mohammed Shami added 13 valuable runs to India’s total but in the end their innings ended for 156 runs. For New Zealand Kyle Jamieson scalped two wickets while Boult picked three wickets. Neil Wagner contributed by scalping one wicket.

Brief Scores:

India 217 & 170 (Rishabh Pant 41, Time Southee 4-48) New Zealand 249 runs.

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