The Indian team got their second significant breakthrough on day five of the ICC World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand in Southampton, this time from Ishant Sharma. After Mohammed Shami’s rewards paid off in the form of Ross Taylor’s wicket, Ishant Sharma struck to remove Henry Nicholls. The southpaw could not trouble the scores by much, departing for a single-figure score.
The dismissal occurred in the 70th over of the innings as Ishant Sharma began a new spell. The veteran right-arm seamer took only three balls to make a breakthrough as Henry Nicholls edged a full delivery to the slips. Rohit Sharma moved from the second slip and pouched it safely to break the game wide open. Nicholls could manage only seven runs before departing.
New Zealand started their day at 101-2 and lost Devon Conway for 54 in the third last ball of day three. Their fast bowlers have been relentless on day five as they try to claw their way back in the game. Virat Kohli’s men could not put a monumental total on the board after Kane Williamson sent them into bat, managing 217 in the process. Despite losing three wickets in the morning session, Williamson remains unflappable, having faced more than 120 deliveries.