ICC WTC Final 2021: Twitter Reacts As Kyle Jamieson's Five-For And Gritty 50 From Devon Conway Puts New Zealand In A Commanding Position Against India On Day 03

ICC WTC Final 2021: Twitter Reacts As Kyle Jamieson’s Five-For And Gritty 50 From Devon Conway Puts New Zealand In A Commanding Position On Day 03

Kyle Jamieson
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India got a much-needed dismissal in the form of Devon Conway before bad light brought a premature end to the 3rd day’s play’ a day that was overwhelmingly dominated by New Zealand. The Kiwis ended the day at 2/101 in 49 overs, just 116 runs behind India’s first innings total of 217.

Starting the day at 3/146 under overcast skies and perfect bowling conditions, Indian batters faced a tough examination from a relentless New Zealand seam-bowling attack led by Kyle Jamieson.

Jamieson landed a body blow on Team India in the first 20 minutes of the day as he trapped Virat Kohli plumb in front of the wicket with an inswinger that jagged back viciously into the Indian skipper’s pads.

Jamieson had largely bowled on and around the off-stump throughout the first day with a fraction of his balls likely to have hit the stumps.

India, New Zealand, Kyle Jamieson, Virat Kohli
Kyle Jamieson appeals after trapping Virat Kohli plumb in front [Image-Twitter]
But Jamieson made amends in the 68th over and got one to jag sharply into Kohli, beating his inside edge and thudding onto his pads.

Kohli wasn’t entirely sure about taking the DRS after the umpire raised his finger and his reluctance was vindicated when the ball-tracking came up.

Virat Kohli failed to add to his overnight score of 44 thanks to Jamieson, leaving India reeling at 4/149. The first 40 minutes saw Indian batters battle it out against the relentless duo of Jamieson and Trent Boult.

Just 4 runs came in the first 7 overs as Jamieson continued to play on Rishabh Pant’s patience. Pant eventually got off the mark on his 20th delivery before he threw his hands at a wide delivery to give a catch to Tom Latham in the slip cordon.

The next 4 overs saw Ravindra Jadeja and Ajinkya Rahane pick up 21 runs bit just as it looked like the duo were settling down into a potentially big partnership, Rahane had a brain fade moment against Neil Wagner.

Ajinkya Rahane, Neil Wagner
Neil Wagner dismisses Rahane with the short-pitch ploy [Image-Getty]
It all happened on the 4th ball of the 79th over when Rahane (49 off 117 balls) decided to take on the short ball ploy by a bumper. He got into a good position to play the shot but the problem was that he did not go wholeheartedly with the pull stroke.

Rahane seemed to have checked it as he wanted to breach the gap in the process but he never bothered to keep it down and ended up giving the easiest of catches to Tom Latham.

It was a poor end to what was a gritty innings from Ajinkya Rahane where he countered the seam and swing to brilliant effect, as you would expect, the Indian vice-captain wore a disgruntled look on his face.

Ravichandran Ashwin played his strokes during his 27-ball 22 but one shot proved too many as he nicked off in the slip cordon while trying to cover-drive Tim Southee.

It could have been worse for India, has Southee claimed a regulation catch of Ravindra Jadeja in the slip cordon in the closing moments of the 1st session.

Watch: Kyle Jamieson Claims His 5th Five-For As He Knocks Over Jasprit Bumrah With An Inswinging Yorker
Watch: Kyle Jamieson Claims His 5th Five-For As He Knocks Over Jasprit Bumrah With An Inswinging Yorker

Nevertheless, it was New Zealand’s session as they conceded 65 runs and prized down 4 crucial wickets, leaving India reeling at 7/211.

However, Kyle Jamieson, en-route to his 5th five-wicket-haul, knocked over Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah on consecutive deliveries post the Lunch break before Ravindra Jadeja edged a leg-side dangler from Trent Boult to put an end to India’s innings at 217.

New Zealand opening pair of Tom Latham and Devon Conway did a decent job thus far by successfully blunting the opening spells of Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, and Mohammed Shami during the 21-over phase before the Tea break.

Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah hit the good length straightway but they were guilty of bowling it a touch short and wide on more than one occasion.

According to CricViz, the likes of Ishant and Bumrah managed to hit the good length 76% with the new ball. However, the New Zealand pacers managed to generate a lot more swing as compared to their Indian counterparts.

While New Zealand pacers’ average swing in the first 5 overs of the innings was 2.07 degrees, Indian pacers swung at just 0.67 degrees, as per CricViz.

Mohammed Shami was easily the pick of Indian seamers as he hurried the batsmen with his bustling pace and accuracy.

However, Shami was incredibly unlucky as beat the outside and inside edge of the batter on a consistent basis. He also hurried both Latham and Conway with pacy bumpers but the ball proceeded to fall in no man’s land.

Latham and Conway continued to frustrate the Indian bowlers in the evening session as they notched up a patient 70-run stand in 34.2 overs.

ICC WTC Final 2021: Twitter Reacts As Kyle Jamieson's Five-For And Gritty 50 From Devon Conway Puts New Zealand In A Commanding Position On Day 03
Ashwin celebrates after dismissing Latham [Image-Twitter]
Ashwin, who had bowled quicker and flatter in the afternoon session, finally got one to loop and turn to deceive Tom Latham, who in an attempt to drive, proceeded to hit at short-cover where Virat Kohli took a brilliant catch.

Jasprit Bumrah,  however, was disappointing for a major part of the evening session. He was inconsistent in his line and lengths and allowed New Zealand batters easy 2s, 3s and sometimes 4s.

ICC WTC Final 2021: Twitter Reacts As Kyle Jamieson's Five-For And Gritty 50 From Devon Conway Puts New Zealand In A Commanding Position On Day 03
Devon Conway [Image- Twitter]
Devon Conway, meanwhile, continued his honeymoon phase as notched up yet another 50+ score.

With the cloud cover coming in, Indian pacers Bumrah and Ishant regained a bit of control and tested both Conway and Williamson outside the off-stump.

ICC WTC Final 2021: Twitter Reacts As Kyle Jamieson's Five-For And Gritty 50 From Devon Conway Puts New Zealand In A Commanding Position On Day 03
Ishant celebrates after dismissing Conway [Image-Twitter]
India bowled as many as 26 dot balls, and, the hard work eventually paid off as Conway, in an attempt to flick Ishant off his legs, proceeded to hit it at wide of mid-on where Mohammed Shami took a brilliant catch. The wicket couldn’t have come at a better time for India as the game came to an end shortly due to bad light.

 

 

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