Like the first day of the ICC World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand in Southampton, the fourth day also remains in danger of abandonment. While New Zealand had nudged slightly ahead by the close of day three, India had a lot to fight for to win the ultimate prize in Test cricket. Nevertheless, New Zealand players, including Kyle Jamieson, passed their time by playing Table Tennis.
Kyle Jamieson had been seen playing Table Tennis with one of his teammates as the Black Caps’ official Twitter handle announced that showers returned to Southampton. The towering seamer starred on day three as ended up with his fifth fifer in eight Tests to restrict India to 217. Jamieson dismissed the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Ishant Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah. He finished as the pick of the bowlers.
Even though India fought their way to finish at 146-3 at the close of day two, they could not carry on to make a highly competitive total. Virat Kohli was the first one to depart on day three without adding to his overnight score of 44. Ajinkya Rahane, who top-scored with 49, threw his wicket away by playing a half-hearted pull-shot. Eventually, India collapsed for 217.
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Devon Conway puts New Zealand ahead with his half-century:
Devon Conway and Tom Latham shared a 70-run opening stand, negotiating India’s formidable pace and spin attack. The latter was the first one to go as Ravichandran Ashwin delivered for India their first breakthrough.
Ishant Sharma went on to break the 31-run partnership between Kane Williamson and Conway in what was the third last ball of the day. Conway departed for a 153-ball 54, with his departure bringing Ross Taylor to the crease. But the Kiwis still trail by 116 runs.