The ICC World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand in Southampton is off to a strong start for the former. Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill avoided the early storm in favourable conditions for bowling by stitching a 62-run opening stand. Kyle Jamieson, who proved as a nemesis for them in 2020, struck to remove Rohit as Tim Southee took the catch in slips.
The dismissal occurred in the 21st over when Kyle Jamieson delivered an outswinger and Rohit prodded on the front to defend it. But the ball took a thick outside edge and Tim Southee judged it smartly to put a dive and take the catch as the right-handed batsman had to walk back for 34. It was a massive relief for the Kiwis, who could not be on point against the Indian openers with the new ball.
Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and went ahead with a pace-heavy bowling attack, including Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner, Kyle Jamieson, and a seam-bowling all-rounder in Colin de Grandhomme. The Kiwis’ bowling attack thwarted India’s batting line-up when they visited New Zealand in early 2020 for a two-match series. On the other hand, the Indian captain Virat Kohli went with three pacers and two spinners.