New Zealand require just 120 runs to secure dramatic win in inaugural World Test Championship final against India after dismissing Virat Kohli’s men for 170 in their second innings on reserve day at the Ageas Bowl
- India lost their last five wickets for just 40 runs to leave New Zealand chasing 139
- Ravindra Jadeja was the first to go after edging Neil Wagner to BJ Watling
- Rishabh Pant and Ravichandran Ashwin fell in the same over to stun India
- Tim Southee then dismissed the bowlers before the openers remained unbeaten
- Three wickets in the morning session had initially given Kiwis a sniff of victory
- Match is in its sixth and reserve day after rain interrupted much of the contest
New Zealand require just another 120 runs in 45 overs to seal a dramatic World Test Championship final victory against India after bowling Virat Kohli’s men out for 170 before tea.
The match at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton has been spoiled by rain but Kane Williamson’s men are now heavy favourites to seal victory on what is the designated reserve day.
Neil Wagner removed Ravindra Jadeja as the first wicket after lunch before Rishabh Pant’s entertaining 41 was brought to an end after he charged Trent Boult and was superbly caught by Henry Nicholls.
New Zealand require just another runs to win after bowling India out for 170 on reserve day
Ravindra Jadeja was the first to depart after nicking Neil Wagner behind to BJ Watling
Rishabh Pant’s entertaining 41 then came to an end after he charged Trent Boult
Henry Nicholls was on hand to backtrack and take an excellent catch to dismiss the India keeper
Ravichandran Ashwin fell in the same over as Pant after edging to Ross Taylor at slip, before Tom Latham caught bowlers Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah off Tim Southee’s bowling to leave the Black Caps chasing just 139 for victory.
Latham and Devon Conway then saw New Zealand through to tea, ending the session on 19 without loss.
In the first session, Kyle Jamieson struck to remove India captain Kohli and then Cheteshwar Pujara in quick succession before Boult got in on the act with the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane.
That left India 130 for five at lunch, which may have been worse for them had Southee not dropped a regulation slip catch to remove Pant, unbeaten on 28 at the interval.
Ravichandran Ashwin fell in the same Boult over, after edging to Ross Taylor at slip
Tom Latham then took two catches off Tim Southee to dismiss Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah
New Zealand then went unscathed before tea, with Latham and Conway taking them to 19-0
With the flow of the final constantly interrupted by wash-out conditions, India were dismissed for 217 in their first innings before the Kiwis replied with 249.
Resuming their second innings on 64 for two overnight, India hoped to bat their opponents out of contention as the sun shone in Hampshire.
It didn’t work out that way, with the prize wicket of Kohli falling to the pumped-up 6ft 8in bowler Jamieson for the second time in the match.
Kohli appeared to be done by the late away movement as he pushed towards the ball and the nick was easily snaffled by wicketkeeper BJ Watling.
Kyle Jamieson of New Zealand celebrates with his team-mates after getting India’s Virat Kohli
Kohli was dismissed by Jamieson for 13 after India’s captain was deceived by the movement
Two overs later and India were wobbling on 72 for four with Jamieson’s teasing line coaxing Pujara into hanging his bat out and edging to Ross Taylor at first slip to take a low catch.
That brought the flashing blade of Pant to the middle but it could so easily have proved a fleeting cameo. Pant was on just five when he edged Jamieson to Southee in the slips at a comfortable height.
The shock drop proved to be an unexpected reprieve for India who would have been in even deeper trouble had it been taken.
Jamieson leaps in the air in celebration after taking the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara
Tim Southee puts down a regulation catch in the slips after Rishabh Pant edged to him
A fifth wicket would fall prior to lunch, however, but it wasn’t the attacking Pant but Rahane, who’d made 15 before flicking through to Watling’s gloves behind the stumps.
Pant decided to take on Neil Wagner in particular, injecting excitement into the contest with his strokes after so much was lost to bad weather.
Pant and Ravindra Jadeja survived until lunch but their wickets after the break saw India’s innings wrapped up quickly.
Indian fans in the stands at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton watch the action on day six
The sun finally shone on what was the reserve day of the World Test Championship final