The New Zealand tail added 87 runs after having lost six wickets which are plenty considering that the top order has been struggling hard to score runs in the conditions. It accounts for the inability of Indian bowlers to dislodge the New Zealand tail soon and it could pay the price for them on the reserve day.
New Zealand was reeling at 162 for the loss of six wickets when Kyle Jamieson and Kane Williamson stitched a quick-fire partnership. It continued with Tim Southee getting among the runs and eventually taking a lead over India with 32 runs. These runs are going to be invaluable and might just help New Zealand push for a win rather than a draw.
VVS Laxman Confident Of Indian Batsman’s Application
VVS Laxman mentioned the importance of the crucial partnership down the order for New Zealand and it meant that India did not dismiss New Zealand quickly enough with the little amount of time left in the game. He added that he has faith in the Indian batting order and expects them to apply themselves a lot more in the second innings of the ICC World Test Championship final 2021.
“Last 4 wickets for New Zealand adding 87 runs, for India the last 4 fell for 12 runs. Could be a crucial difference. But I am sure the Indian batsman will apply themselves nicely in the second innings. #WTC21final,” VVS Laxman tweeted.
Last 4 wickets for New Zealand adding 87 runs, for India the last 4 fell for 12 runs. Could be a crucial difference. But I am sure the Indian batsman will apply themselves nicely in the second innings.#WTC21final
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) June 22, 2021
Mohammed Shami’s Excellent Spell To Get India Back Into The Game
Mohammed Shami bowled in excellent lines and lengths throughout the first innings and he rarely bowled lose deliveries. However, he couldn’t provide breakthroughs on the fourth day despite going past the edge a lot of times. He found his length right on the fifth day and his seam movements were of the highest quality.
He picked up four wickets in the innings for 76 runs and led the Indian pace attack in the battle with long spells too. Ishant Sharma was also impressive with three wickets to his name and he picked up the important wicket of Kane Williamson.
India will be resuming the final and reserve day with the two openers gone and the onus will be on Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara to bat out for a long time.