The 5th Day of the ICC World Test Championship was a moving day. It started off with India‘s pace bowling, led by Mohammed Shami, matching the New Zealand pace attack. Mohammed Shami had a great game as he picked up 4 wickets to break the back of New Zealand’s batting. In spite of that, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson stood tall and Tim Southee‘s quickfire knock ensured that New Zealand takes the all-important lead. Indian openers started the 2nd innings cautiously. However, old horse Tim Southee produced some interesting spells to dismiss both the openers. India ended the day with a slender lead of 32 runs and 8 wickets in hand. It is going to be cracking final day as all three results are very much possible. India shared the day despite losing both the openers and Virat Kohli will be key in the final day.
Mohammad Shami and Ishant Sharma led the Indian attack :
After starting from behind on day five of the ICC World Test Championship final, India would be slightly happy with where they are at stumps. India managed to bowl out the New Zealand team for 249, courtesy of Mohammad Shami’s four-for and Ishant Sharma’s three-for. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja picked up two and one scalps respectively. For New Zealand, the highlights with the bat were Kane Williamson (49), Tim Southee (30), and Kyle Jamieson (21). With a handy lead of 32 runs, the Blackcaps bowled 30 overs in India’s second innings. Rohit Sharma scored an impressive 30 to take India to 64 for 2 at the end of the day’s play. For the last day, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara will come out again.
India shared the day despite losing both the openers as they heads on to the final day with a slender lead of 32 runs :
When India bowled 49 overs on day three, Shami looked the best bowler in the attack. He produced false shots and troubled the batsmen with his length. However, he didn’t pick up a wicket. A stat was shown which revealed that his record isn’t good in England and the commentators kept saying that he has to pitch the ball a bit fuller to get rewards. On Tuesday, the length was fuller. There were rewards, not one, but three. Shami got Ross Taylor to drive and got him caught out at mid-off. Next in line was BJ Watling, who played all around an absolute peach of a delivery. Then, he got Colin de Grandhomme with a ball which pitched and came back in. His last scalp was that of Kyle Jamieson, with a short-pitched ball. Shami did what he does the best, changing the momentum of the game, only this time it was in England.
New Zealand’s tail frustrated the Indians :
When India lost their sixth wicket in their innings, the score was 182. They finished at 217. New Zealand lost their sixth wicket when their score was 162. Yet, they managed to stretch their total to 249. The fact that Kane Williamson was at the crease till New Zealand had a four-run lead did help them a lot. However, it was Kyle Jamieson at no. 8 and Tim Southee at no. 9, who collectively got 51 runs from 62 balls. In low-scoring matches such as this, these sorts of knocks can have a huge impact. It not only corrected the ever-slow run rate of New Zealand but also added runs which might come in handy in deciding the result of this game.
India shared the day despite losing both the openers as we head towards a thrilling final day :
When India came out to bat in the second innings, they had more than 30 overs to make something happen in the last session of the day. Batting conditions were quite good and New Zealand needed to get early wickets or ensure that India didn’t get ahead with runs. Tim Southee did both and in style with the ball which he developed recently. Both Rohit and Shubman Gill failed to pick a similar incoming delivery. After years of struggling and failing to develop a classic in swinger, Southee worked on his game to develop an alternative, the three-quarter ball. It is not like a classic inswing ball and just about nips back or goes straight at the batsmen. Southee, who is almost an outswing specialist, used this variation perfectly, setting up the batsmen and then delivering the variation. He ended the day with figures of 2 for 17 in nine overs.
Number’s Game :
Let’s look at all the important stats and numbers after the end of fifth day’s play of the World Test Championship final:
600 – Tim Southee completed his 600 wickets in his International career during this match. He became the second bowler from New Zealand after Daniel Vettori (705) to reach the milestone.
46 – Ishant Sharma picked up three wickets in the first innings for India. He now has 46 wickets in Tests in England surpassing Kapil Dev (43) to gain the top spot among the Indian bowlers.
18000 – Ross Taylor could score only 11 runs in this Test but achieved a major feat. He completed 18000 runs in International cricket and became the first player from New Zealand to reach the landmark.
1 – Mohammad Shami registered bowling figures of 4/76 in this Test. He became the first Indian bowler to pick a four-wicket haul in the final of an ICC event. Before him, the best bowling figures for India in the ICC final were by Mohinder Amarnath who picked up 3 wickets for 12 runs against West Indies in World Cup 1983.
7178 – Kane Williamson played a gritty knock of 49 runs off 177 balls in this Test. He surpassed Stephen Fleming (7172) to reach the second spot in terms of highest Test run-scorers for New Zealand. Only Ross Taylor is ahead of him in this regard with 7517 Test runs.
15 – Kane Williamson scored only 15 runs in the first 100 balls he faced in his innings. This is the lowest for any batsmen in the ICC World Test Championship during the team’s first innings.
Ravichandran Ashwin records :
281 – Ravichandran Ashwin picked up 2 wickets for 28 runs in the first innings. With this, he now has 281 Test wickets under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. He surpassed Makhaya Ntini in this regard who had 280 wickets with Graeme Smith leading the Proteas team. Dale Steyn who picked up 347 wickets under Graeme Smith is at the first spot.
2 – With 2 wickets in the first innings, Ravichandran Ashwin has taken his wickets tally in WTC to 69. He is now at the joint-second position along with Stuart Broad and is only behind Pat Cummins (70).
Brief Score :
India 1st Innings : 217/10 (92.1 overs) Ajinkya Rahane: 49 runs off 117 balls Kyle Jamieson: 22-12-31-5 New Zealand 1st Innings : 249/10 (99.2 overs) Devon Conway: 54 runs off 153 balls Mohammad Shami: 26-8-76-4 India 2nd Innings : 64/2 (30 overs) Rohit Sharma: 30 runs off 81 balls Tim Southee: 9-3-17-2