The Indian team has picked up New Zealand‘s ninth wicket as Ravichandran Ashwin snared his second to get rid of Neil Wagner. Ravichandran Ashwin, who earlier dismissed Tom Latham to break the opening partnership, got his second as India aim to finish the job on the ongoing day five of the ICC World Test Championship final. Ajinkya Rahane, the catcher, juggled it at slip, but managed to hold on.
The dismissal occurred in the third delivery of the 97th over and Ravichandran Ashwin’s 14th of the innings. The off-spinner delivered the one that spun from the off-stump line and managed to catch the shoulder of Neil Wagner’s bat. Wagner, a pinch-hitter as well, departed without opening his account after facing four deliveries. But New Zealand had already taken the lead due to Kane Williamson’s vigil of 177 deliveries.
He was the second-highest run-getter with 49 as Devon Conway ended up as the top-scorer with 54, while opening the innings. Eventually, New Zealand ended up with 249 in their first innings as Mohammed Shami took four wickets and Ishant Sharma ended up with three. The 32-run lead could be immensely valuable as the Kiwis have a strong bowling attack, capable of exploiting a deteriorating pitch.