IND vs NZ WTC final highlights: Bad light forces early stumps on Day 2
The skipper got good support from Rahane (29 not out off 79) in the final session where bad light stopped play twice before umpires called it a day. Check India vs New Zealand WTC final highlights
Virat Kohli led India's resolute batting effort against a high quality New Zealand attack in testing conditions before bad light brought an anti-climatic end to day two of the World Test Championship final at The Hampshire Bowl, Southampton on Saturday.
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Rohit Sharma (34 off 68) and Shubman Gill (28 off 64), opening for the first time in England, showed remarkable application against the moving ball to share a 62-run stand before Kohli (44 not out off 124) came into his own with a steely knock to take India to 146 for three at stumps on a start-stop second day.
The skipper got good support from Ajinkya Rahane (29 not out off 79) in the final session where bad light stopped play twice before umpires called it a day. A total of 64.4 overs could be bowled on Saturday including only 9.1 in the final session. The opening day was washed out.
As expected, Kohli was ready for the challenge posed by an all seam attack on an overcast day. He played late and close to his body, was happy to leave balls outside the off stump and cashed in on the slightest of scoring opportunities.
His only boundary, a sublime cover drive off Neil Wagner, came before lunch but kept the scoreboard ticking with twos and threes.
Kohli's deputy Rahane did not start convincingly but his feet movement and shot selection got better as his innings progressed. Three of his four boundaries came post tea.
India, who had reached 69 for two at lunch, was only able to add 51 runs in the afternoon with the loss of Cheteshwar Pujara (8 off 54).
Compared to the morning session, New Zealand's all pace attack showed much more discipline.
WTC final: India scorecard on Day 2 at Stumps
|Rohit Sharma||c Southee b Jamieson||34||68||6||0|
|Shubman Gill||c Watling b Wagner||28||64||3||0|
|Cheteshwar Pujara||lbw b Boult||8||54||2||0|
|Virat Kohli||not out||44||124||1||0|
|Ajinkya Rahane||not out||29||79||4||0|
Total: 146-3 in 64.4 Overs
|Colin de Grandhomme||11||6||23||0|
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IND vs NZ WTC final playing 11
India playing 11 for WTC final: Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma.
New Zealand playing 11 for WTC final: Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling(w), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.