Rishabh Pant was again at his chit-chat best when India took on New Zealand on day 05 of the WTC final at Southampton. Going into day 05 of the rain-affected WTC final, the Kiwis walked into bat in a solid position in the game, having scored 101 runs for the loss of just 02 wickets in their first innings.
However, the Indian fast bowlers displayed immense discipline to keep the Kiwi batters quiet. Mohammed Shami proved to be the most efficient bowler for the Indian Cricket Team as he picked up four wickets, missing another five-for in his glorious career by just one wicket.
Ishant Sharma picked 3 wickets while Ravichandran Ashwin ended with 2 scalps. Ravindra Jadeja got the lone wicket of Tim Southee. A couple of gritty knocks from Kiwis’ tailenders handed them an important lead of 32 runs going into the third innings of the game.
Rishabh Pant’ Advice Behind The Wickets Helps Ravindra Jadeja Scalp Tim Southee
Tim Southee, the New Zealand fast bowler, was looking quite dangerous with the bat and proved to be a massive headache for the Indian team in the second innings of the game. He ended up being the second-highest run-scorer for New Zealand after their captain Kane Williamson as he managed to score 30 runs in just 46 balls with a boundary and a couple of huge sixes.
The last six that Southee scored came in the 100th over of the game as he smashed Ravindra Jadeja for a gigantic six over the deep mid-wicket boundary, Rishabh Pant was quite agitated by it and he came up with a piece of special advice for Ravindra Jadeja. Rishabh Pant was heard saying, “Jaddu bhai jo grandhomme ko daal rahe the wahi daalna padega, sabaash”. Pant’s magic words worked wonders as Jadeja dismissed Southee on the very next delivery.
Watch the video of the incident here:
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New Zealand In Driver’s Seat Going Into The Reserve Day
The New Zealand Cricket Team are in cruise control going into the final and reserve day of the WTC final. As team India walked into bat, 32 runs behind the Kiwi score, New Zealand managed to pick both their openers cheaply without doing much to the scoreboard. Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara will resume the proceedings on the final day of the WTC final.
Team India has a lead of 32 runs going onto the final day with 8 wickets in hand. From hereon, the only possibility they can look up to is of salvaging a draw. New Zealand, on the other hand, will be keen to destroy the Indian batting lineup and come up with a historic chase on the final day to clinch the title.