The Indian team has received an early blow in the form of Shubman Gill as Tim Southee delivered the first breakthrough on the day five ICC World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand in Southampton. Shubman Gill’s innings looked promising as he joined hands with Rohit Sharma to wipe the 32-run trail. But Tim Southee got the better of him with a terrific inswinger.
The dismissal occurred in the 11th over of the innings and Tim Southee’s fifth as the right-arm seamer decided to bring the ball back into the right-hander. Gill’s lack of foot movement meant that the 32-year old’s ball struck him right on the front. The youngster consulted with Rohit Sharma; however, decided against it, with the ball-tracking showcasing the ball smashing into middle and leg.
Tim Southee earned the rewards of bowling a testing opening spell with Trent Boult. Earlier, 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.