Report - WTC Final: Mohammed Shami brings India back in fight but New Zealand edge ahead by removing openers

Day 5 in a nutshell

India lost openers Shubman Gill (8) and Rohit Sharma (30) in the final session but Cheteshwar Pujara (12*) and Virat Kohli (8*) ensured that no further damage was done as India ended their second innings on Day 5 of the WTC Final at 64/2, taking a marginal 32-run lead. Earlier, India pacers led by Mohammed Shami (4/76) wrapped up New Zealands first innings at 249. Skipper Kane Williamson (49) led the Kiwis from the front as they took a small 32-run lead. Along with Shami, Ishant Sharma (3/48), Ashwin (2/28) and Ravindra Jadeja (1/20) also chipped in with wickets to restrict New Zealand. Jasprit Bumrah once again had an off day today as he ended the first innings wicketless. Post the tea break, Rohit and Gill got off to a steady start, adding 24 runs in 10.3 overs but then the latter was undone by a perfect delivery from Tim Southee. Towards the fag end of day, Rohit misjudged an in-swinger from Southee to hand him his second wicket of the session. With just one day remaining in the Test now (added reserve day), a draw seems the most likely scenario unless one of the either two teams suffer a dramatic collapse on the final day.

Another see-saw battle!!!

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Stumps on Day 5 | India 64 for 2

So, we are done for the day. An intriguing days play comes to an end. Kyle Jamieson completes the final over of the day. Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara remain unbeaten on 8 and 12 respectively. India take a marginal lead of 32 at stumps on Day 5

Southee hits Kohlis helmet

Flush on the helmet!!! Virat Kohli was expecting a good length delivery but Tim Southee surprises him with a bouncer. The ball hits the helmet of Kohli and goes over the slips to the third-man fence. The physio is on the field but Kohli looks fine. But nevertheless that was a superb bouncer from Southee. IND 55/2

Southee gets Rohit for 30

OUT! Big blow for India as Rohit Sharma falls for 30. Huge error of judgement as as he miss-reads, leaves an in-swinger from Tim Southee. No shot offered and umpire raises his finger straightaway. Rohit thought to go with the review but eventually decides against it. IND 51/2

50 up for Team India!!!

FOUR! A loosener down the leg side from Neil Wagner and Cheteshwar Pujara tucks it fine to collect four runs. 50 also comes up for India with that boundary. IND 51/1 after 25.4 overs, lead by 19 runs

Rohit, Pujara taking it easy

So, no fuss about the runs from either Rohit Sharma or Cheteshwar Pujara. They surely are now looking to back to the dressing room unbeaten. Just 3 runs in the last three overs. Steadily taking the game forward. IND 42/1 after 23 overs.

Boundary for Pujara

FOUR! A perfect on-drive from Cheteshwar Pujara. Trent Boult from around the wicket bowls a full-length delivery and Pujara uses his wrists beautifully to drive the ball straight down the ground to collect his first boundary of the session. IND 39/1

IND 35/1 after 17 overs | Lead by 3 runs

A couple of runs for Rohit Sharma in the third-man region to end the over from Kyle Jamieson. Rohit and Cheteshwar Pujara steadily moving forward. India now have a 3-run lead. Although still 23 overs are left in the day officially but they might not be completed today. Both Rohit and Pujara will look to stretch Indias lead to around 40-50 in the remaining overs.

Drinks break!!!

IND 32/1 after 15 overs | Rohit Sharma 19* | Cheteshwar Pujara 4*

Bouncer test for Rohit, Pujara

A good over from Trent Boult comes to an end. Boult and Time Southee testing both Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma with bouncers at the moment. Kyle Jamieson now comes back into the attack. IND 32/0 after 14 overs.

Southee traps Gill in front

OUT!!! Breakthrough for New Zealand. Tim Southee traps Shubman Gill in front of the stumps. That was dead straight. Gill plays down the wrong line and pays the price. Rohit Sharma, at the non-strikers end tells Gill not to go for the review. He walks back for 8. IND 24/1 after 10.4 overs.

IND 24/0 after 10 overs | Trail by 8 runs

Rohit Sharma (15*) and Shubman Gill (8*) off to a cautious start in the second innings.

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Jamieson into the attack

First bowling change from Ne Zealand. Kyle Jamieson comes into the attack for the first time in the second innings. He replaces Trent Boult. IND 21/0 after 9 overs.

First boundary for Rohit

FOUR! Short and wide outside off from Trent Boult and Rohit pounces onto it. Hits it behind point and the ball races to the fence. A boundary to end Boults over. IND 11/0 after 6 overs.

A probing start from Southee, Boult

Another good over from Tim Southee comes to an end. Just a single from it. Both Southee and Trent Boult have started really well, bowling in the perfect channel just outside the off stump. Rohit Shamra and Shubman Gill too have looked good, leaving the ball really well. IND 7/0 after 5 overs.

Rohit off the mark

An full-length away-swinger from Tim Southee. Thick outside edge off Rohit Sharmas bat and the ball goes through the gap between the gully and the point fielder. A couple of runs for Rohit to get off the mark. IND 2/0

Rohit, Gill in the middle for India

Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill are out in the middle to start Indias second innings. Tim Southee has the new ball in hand for New Zealand. Three slips and a gully in place for him. Here we go!!

Day 5 Session 2 in a nutshell

Mohammed Shami led attack from the front with his four-for as India wrapped up New Zealands first innings on 249 at the Tea break on Day 5 of the World Test Championship final in Southampton. Ishant Sharma, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja also chipped in with a wicket apiece in the second session to end the Kiwis resistance in the first innings. Skipper Kane Williamson, before falling on 49 in the second session, ensured that New Zealand went past Indias first innings total of 217 and took the lead. Tim Southee and Trent Boult then pushed New Zealands lead to 32 before getting all out. Resuming on 135 for five after Lunch, New Zealand lost Colin de Grandhomme early as Shami struck immediately with the new ball. But Kyle Jamieson provided the momentum and upped the scoring rate before falling to Shami on 21 (16 balls). Williamson, at one end held the fort, playing a total of 177 balls for his 49. He along with Southee batted New Zealand past Indias total before the tail enders were wrapped up by the India spinners.

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