|Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s LIVE coverage of Day 5 of the World Test Championship Final between India and New Zealand. This is Lalith Kalidas bringing you all the updates as action unfurls in Southampton.|
01:05pm IST: DK, right on time for us again. The covers are off and we’re all set for a prompt start!
12:55pm IST: No heartbreaking forecasts for the day. Big day ahead!
Chances of rain – Southampton – According to UK Met department
|Chances of rain||10%||10%||10%||10%|
Day 5 Preview
After a woeful day four washout on Monday, here we are in anticipation of a see-saw tussle on day five. With 196 overs of play possible with rain hopefully off the radar for two days, the possibility of an undisputed champion is simmering at the Hampshire Bowl.
After seeming to be down and out for the whole of Day 3, India lifted itself up, moments ahead of close of play with the wicket of Devon Conway who put up a strong start for the Kiwis. Kohli’s men would have had some serious discussions of a fiery start to Day 4, however, a soaking wet morning put their plans to the backseat. They have another shot at it today.
With Williamson and Taylor expected to take time to settle back in, the Indian bowlers have a massive opportunity to unsettle New Zealand’s first innings with a couple of early breakthroughs.
The weather is likely to remain conducive for play for the rest of the game and Williamson’s men will be confident to take the leap if they surpass India’s first innings tally of 217.
The game is very much alive, folks and the winner of the first session is about to have a major hand in the result moving forward.
Sportstar correspondents Shayan Acharya, Wriddhaayan Bhattacharyya and Ayan Acharya discuss their star players and big match-ups in the #WTCFinal.
WHAT THEY SAID
Shubman Gill: “He (Jamieson) was bowling well during the first spell but didn’t get many wickets. But he got his reward today. Our bowlers were also pretty good today. Unfortunately, the luck didn’t favour us a couple of rough chances which didn’t go our way, but hopefully, our bowlers could find some luck tomorrow.”
Kyle Jamieson: “Yeah, maybe there’s some sort of pattern (of dismissing Virat Kohli). I don’t necessarily know if we talk about it a huge amount. I think the one that I was able to get with him today certainly seamed back a little bit and those are pretty hard to control as a bowler and pretty hard to manage as a batter no matter who you are, so I don’t think it’s necessarily just for him.”
India Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah
New Zealand Playing XI: Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling(w), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult
|The World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand will be shown on Star Sports and streamed live on Hotstar.|