WTC Final IND vs NZ Day 5 Highlights
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India vs New Zealand Highlights, WTC Final, Day 5: Kohli, Pujara unbeaten; India lead by 32 runs

India vs New Zealand, WTC Final Test Highlights, Day 5: Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma were the stars as India bowled out New Zealand for 249, conceding a lead of 32 runs. India lost Shubman Gill for eight. Eventually, Kohli (8*) and Pujara (12*) took India to 64/2 after 30 overs, meaning India lead by 32 runs by the end of the day's play.
By, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2021 11:41 PM IST

WTC Final India vs New Zealand Highlight: Resuming on 101/2, the Kiwis played out the first hour of the day safely before Ishant and Shami got into the act to have NZ 135/5 at the lunch interval. With the second new ball, Ishant and Shami continued the good work and bundled out New Zealand for 249, conceding a 32-run lead. In response, India lost Shubman Gill early, as he trapped LBW by Southree for just 8, but eventually managed to inch to a second-innings lead. Virat Kohli (8*) and Pujara (12*) took India to 64/2 after 30 overs, meaning India lead by 32 runs by the end of the day's play.

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  • JUN 22, 2021 11:40 PM IST


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  • JUN 22, 2021 11:33 PM IST


    STUMPS ON DAY 5! Virat Kohli (8*) and Pujara (12*) take India to 64/2 after 30 overs, meaning India lead by 32 runs.

  • JUN 22, 2021 11:26 PM IST


    OUCH! You never see Kohli hit flush on the helmet by he is unable to negotiate this bouncer from Southee. The ball flies over the slip cordon for 4 leg-byes.

    Kohli responds by flicking the ball through deep mid-wicket for three.

  • JUN 22, 2021 11:18 PM IST

    Virat Kohli walks in

    Skipper Virat Kohli is the new man in. India are 51/2.

  • JUN 22, 2021 11:18 PM IST


    OUT! Southee strikes again as Rohit Sharma is trapped LBW. The ball pitches outside off, swings back in. Sharma had offered no shot and the replay shows that ball would have clipped the stumps. Sharma didn't even review it.

  • JUN 22, 2021 11:13 PM IST

    WTC Final Day 5 Live Score

    Southee reintroduced into the attack. Very dark clouds loom over the Rose Bowl as play continues under lights.

  • JUN 22, 2021 11:10 PM IST


    FOUR! Pujara dealing in boundaries as fifty comes up for India. Wagner strays down the leg, Pujara flicks off his pads and big man Jamieson, at fine leg, is unable to get down on time to save the ball.

  • JUN 22, 2021 11:06 PM IST

    Few words?

    What's the chatter about? Jamieson and Rohit Sharma seem to be exchanging a few words and they don't sound too nice. I could be wrong. In case I am, please don't hold it against me. India are 47/1 after 25 overs.

  • JUN 22, 2021 11:01 PM IST

    India vs New Zealand, WTC Final

    Rohit closing in on the 30s. He is batting on 27 at the moment. In the previous over, he had a scare when he pushed hard at a Jamieson delivery, which was his undoing in the first innings. India are 45/1 after 24 overs.

  • JUN 22, 2021 10:53 PM IST


    Well, a couple of changes at the Rose Bowl. Flood lights are switched on and Williamson brings on Neil Wagner, hoping to find another wicket or two before the close of play. India are 41/1 after 21 overs.

  • JUN 22, 2021 10:45 PM IST

    ICYMI: Southee's wicket of Gill

    Tim Southee
    Tim Southee
  • JUN 22, 2021 10:44 PM IST

    Pujara's first boundary of the innings

    FOUR! Oh, hello! Out of nowhere. Overpitched around middle stump from Boult and Puajara present the full face of the bat to hit the ball towards the long-on boundary for four. After 20 overs, India are 39/1

  • JUN 22, 2021 10:37 PM IST

    Agree with DK?

    Dinesh Karthik, at the start of India's innings, had said that they need to treat the remainder of this game like a four-session match. Bat well for two and bowl well for 2. Practically possible? We'll find out. Meanwhile, Jamieson continue as Southee, from the looks of it, heads into the dressing room.

  • JUN 22, 2021 10:35 PM IST

    WTC Final

    About an hour to go and highly unlikely that the remaining 22 overs will fit in. How long will India bat for? How many runs are enough?

  • JUN 22, 2021 10:33 PM IST

    New Zealand continue to pile pressure

    Just two off the over as Sharma's leading edge allows him to run two.

  • JUN 22, 2021 10:28 PM IST

    India take 2nd innings lead

    SECOND INNINGS LEAD! Rohit Sharma pulls to take a single and take India into the lead. India are 33/1 after 16 overs.

  • JUN 22, 2021 10:25 PM IST

    India vs New Zealand Live

    Trent Boult resumes the proceedings after the drinks break. Sharma on strike.

  • JUN 22, 2021 10:21 PM IST


    India are 32/1 after 15 overs. Players will now take drinks. Sharma unbeaten on 19. Scores are level.

  • JUN 22, 2021 10:16 PM IST

    Risky Rohit

    UP BUT SAFE! Sharma, who loves to hook, is rushed into the shot by Boult but the ball, after hitting the top edge, falls well short of fine leg.

    Three! Pujara flicks the ball off his pads through mid-wicket for three.

    After 14 overs, India are 32/1

  • JUN 22, 2021 10:14 PM IST

    How many will India get?

    About 45 minutes to go in this day's play. How many more will India get in this last phase of play?

  • JUN 22, 2021 10:07 PM IST


    MAIDEN! A tight over from Jamieson.

    Trivia: That was Southee's 600th international wicket across formats. He is the second Kiwi player to do so, after Daniel Vettori.

  • JUN 22, 2021 10:03 PM IST

    India vs New Zealand, WTC Final: Pujara off the mark straight away

    It took him 36 balls to get off the mark in the first innings, but just the one ball here in the second. Clips the ball to square leg. India 27/1, trail New Zealand by five runs

  • JUN 22, 2021 10:01 PM IST

    OUT! Gill out LBW

    Gone! That is plumb. Plenty of swing from Southee and with Gill playing across the line and missing it altogether, it was stone dead. Walks over to his partner at the other end to ask if he should review it and we assume Rohit was straightforward in telling him that those were three reds. India 24/1, trail by 7 runs.

  • JUN 22, 2021 10:00 PM IST

    Southee to Gill: Shot

    Once again, nice timing from Shubman Gill but the ball goes straight to mid-on. Just not finding the right gaps the India youngster.

  • JUN 22, 2021 09:52 PM IST

    Gill growing in confidence

    After a watchful start, Shubman Gill is showing signs of confidence. He's just played a couple of crisp shots which although did not get him boundaries, did indicate that the ball is hitting the middle of his bat. New Zealand sense what is happening and waste no time to introduce Kyle Jamieson into the attack, who in the first innings rocked India. He starts by over-stepping.

  • JUN 22, 2021 09:45 PM IST

    FOUR more

    Just straying the ball into Rohit's legs and the India opener flicks it behind for a four towards fine leg, where Jamieson, who is six foot eight inches tall cannot stop the four. The ball just beginning to lose a bit of swing India 15/0 after 8 overs

  • JUN 22, 2021 09:38 PM IST

    Boult to Rohit: FOUR

    Room on offer and Rohit Sharma slashes it through the cover point region to bring up his and India's first four of the second innings. They reach 11/0 after six overs.

  • JUN 22, 2021 09:30 PM IST

    IND vs NZ WTC Final: Boult testing Gill with his in-swing

    This was always going to be the test for Shubman Gill, facing Trent Boult with the swinging new ball. So far, the left-arm quick has been on target, bowling in the middle-leg channel, which Gill has no other option than playing at.

  • JUN 22, 2021 09:21 PM IST

    Could this be the difference?

    India's last four wickets: 35 runs

    New Zealand's last four wickets: 87 runs

  • JUN 22, 2021 09:16 PM IST

    IND vs NZ Live Score: First runs

    The ball takes the outer half of the bat and goes towards the vacant third man region but without enough power. Rohit and Gill run three.

  • JUN 22, 2021 09:15 PM IST

    Openers Rohit, Gill walk out

    If no further rain interruption, India should have around 40 overs to bat out. It'll be very fascinating to see how India react in their second innings? Will the openers play their natural game like they did in the first dig? Or will we see a more aggressive approach? Do not miss this period, guys.

  • JUN 22, 2021 09:13 PM IST

    As always, Aakash Chopra right on point

  • JUN 22, 2021 09:02 PM IST

    Tea taken, India have one whole session to bat out today

    With the sun out, conditions look ideal for batting. This session is what can make or break India's chances of winning this Test match. With four sessions and two whole innings remaining in the game, it would be interesting to see what approach India take today? Would they want to share the WTC title, or do they want it entirely for themselves. We feel it's the latter.

  • JUN 22, 2021 08:54 PM IST

    WTC Final Day 5 Live Score: New Zealand all out for 249

    That's the final wicket. Jadeja gets Southee and New Zealand end their first innings with a lead of 32 runs. Four wickets for Shami, three for Ishant, two for Ashwin and Jadeja gets one.

  • JUN 22, 2021 08:52 PM IST

    Jadeja to Southee: SIX

    A massive hit. Southee clears the boundary comfortably and with ease. New Zealand now ahead by 31. Every run is going to hurt India from this moment.

  • JUN 22, 2021 08:40 PM IST

    WICKET! Ashwin gets Wagner, NZ nine down

    A perfect off-spinner's dismissal. Off the top edge of the bat and Rahane takes the catch off the re-bound. he has been terrific against the left-handers and he removes another one here.

  • JUN 22, 2021 08:34 PM IST

    Ishant to Southee: SIX

    Only the second six of the match after Jamieson's hit earlier in the day. Also, do you know that with that, he is now New Zealand's second most six hitter in Tests, next only to Chris Cairns. No way is he a tail-ender. Heck, he has more sixes in Test matches than Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting, and just three away from equalling MS Dhoni. Now let that sink in.

  • JUN 22, 2021 08:29 PM IST

    India vs New Zealand, WTC Final: GONE! What a wicket to get

    That's right. India would be pumped with this one as it's Kane Williamson who falls for 49. Ishant Sharma with his second wicket. Edged and Virat Kohli takes the catch. And how do you think he celebrated? Well, your guess is as good as ours. India are over the moon. New Zealand eight down for 221 and with the lead not enough, India's pacer would... sorry, need to take the remaining two wickets in the next five overs.

  • JUN 22, 2021 08:23 PM IST

    India vs New Zealand, WTC Final: New Zealand in the LEAD

    A couple of runs tapped down to third leg puts New Zealand ahead. They lead India by three runs and every run scored from here on promises to sting Virat Kohli's team. Then again, with one and a half day left, anything can happen.

  • JUN 22, 2021 08:08 PM IST


    OUCH BUT FOUR! Hope Southee is okay as he picks up four leg-byes. Shami's well-directed bouncer forces Southee to awkwardly duck. The ball clips off Southee's upper back and runs to the fence. They'll take whatever they get.

    IN THE AIR..IN THE AIR....AND SAFE! Southee top-edges the ball which flies over point to no man's land. The duo run 2.

    NZ are 211/7 after 91 overs.

  • JUN 22, 2021 08:07 PM IST

    New Zealand nearing India's total

    TWO! Southee takes on Bumrah as lifts the ball over the infield through the mid-on region. The slow outfield does not allow the ball to trickle down to the fence. Batsmen run a couple. NZ are 205/7 after 90 overs.

  • JUN 22, 2021 08:03 PM IST


    FOUR! Shami strays down the leg and Williamson is too good to not help the ball on its way to the boundary.

    NZ are 202/7 after 89 overs.

  • JUN 22, 2021 07:58 PM IST


    Tim Southee is the new man in. Bumrah attacks Southee's stumps on the first four balls and the latter manages to get his bat down on time every single time..

    JUST SHORT! This time, the ball is pitched at yorker length just outside off. Southee pokes at it and edges the ball to slips on the bounce. Rohit Sharma does well to collect the ball and avoid it from rolling past it for NZ runs.

    2 runs- Southee flicks a full-toss on the pads to get off the mark.

  • JUN 22, 2021 07:54 PM IST


    OUT! The mini battle is won by Shami. Pitche sit short, angling sharply towards Jamieson. The lanky Kiwi player plays the pull, finds the top edge and ends up holing out to Jasprit Bumrah at fine leg. New Zealand are 192/7 after 87 overs. Jamison gone for 21 off 16 balls.

  • JUN 22, 2021 07:51 PM IST

    India vs New Zealand Live: Jamieson makes his intent clear

    FOUR! That's a lovely shot from Williamson. He's more of a backfoot player and on this occasion, he pulled Shami with ease to find a boundary.

    BOUNCER to Jamieson! As Dinesh Karthik rightly points out on air, it must have taken immense effort for Shami to bowl a bouncer to Jamieson and also beat him.

    SIX! What a response from the 6'8" man. Shami overpitches the ball this time, Kyle makes room and thumps the ball over long on for six.

  • JUN 22, 2021 07:49 PM IST

    Shami, the star so far on Day 5

    India opening the door with three wickets in the session. Shami has been the star of the show so far. Started with Taylor, followed by Watling and the CDG. Williamson showing signs of some issues with his elbow, which kept him out of the second Test against England

  • JUN 22, 2021 07:42 PM IST

    Ah! So close for India

    India retain their review, but Williamson survives. Shami squared up the NZ skipper and rapped him on his back leg. Umpire Richard Illingworth signalled not out but it was close enough to convince Kohli to go upstairs. The ball tracker showed the ball hitting the stumps not entirely so the umpire's call overpowers them all. But what an over from Shami. He surely is tilting this game in India's favour.

  • JUN 22, 2021 07:37 PM IST

    WTC Final: Four consecutive 2s for New Zealand

    Well that's an oddity. Where run scoring has been difficult, Jamieson and Williamson squeeze four consecutive doubles for New Zealand.

  • JUN 22, 2021 07:32 PM IST

    Jamieson goes after Ishant

    Not once, not twice, but thrice in one over as Jamison shown his intention of going after the Indian bowling, in this case, Ishant Sharma. Also, with Ishant bowling to Jamieson, two of world cricket's tallest cricketers are up against each other. How about a picture of these two together after the match?

  • JUN 22, 2021 07:26 PM IST

    India strike with 2nd new ball

    BOWLED HIM! Shami picks up his 3rd wicket and Colin de Grandhomme heads back. New Zealand 162/6.

  • JUN 22, 2021 07:18 PM IST

    Two fours in the over

    Mohammed Shami loses his line a little as New Zealand collect four leg byes. Two balls later, Shami drops it short and wide outside off. The New Zealand skipper does not waste the chance and cracks it through point to collect his second four of the day. New Zealand move to 162/5, the deficit is 55 runs.

  • JUN 22, 2021 07:15 PM IST

    India vs New Zealand Live: As expected, India take 2nd new ball

    The brand new ball has been taken by India and Mohammed Shami bowls the first over with it. Gets some out-swing going early on. India should surely pick up two wickets with it here with Shami and Ishant operating.

  • JUN 22, 2021 07:11 PM IST

    Once again, what a session that was for India

  • JUN 22, 2021 07:07 PM IST

    Two overs to go before the 2nd new ball

    And expect India to take it, and then operate with Ishant and Shami, India's two wicket-taking bowlers of the day. New Zealand 151/5, trail India by 66 runs.

  • JUN 22, 2021 06:59 PM IST

    A quick maiden from Jadeja

    The left-arm spinner bowling a stump-to-stump line, not allowing de Grandhomme to free his arms. The New Zealand all-rounder realises that once India take the second new ball, scoring won't be too easy.

  • JUN 22, 2021 06:54 PM IST

    IND vs NZ Live Score: In the air but lands in no man's land

    De Grandhomme goes big with a pull, but timing not as good. Fortunately for New Zealand, the ball lands in the vacant area far from Ashwin. The takeaway from here is that New Zealand and CDG in particular, will not keep quiet.

  • JUN 22, 2021 06:50 PM IST

    First sign of spin on Day 5

    Ravindra Jadeja comes on. With seven over to go for the new ball, Kohli probably resting his pacers before a long spell. Also, with Jadeja bowling, India's over-rate should certainly get better.

  • JUN 22, 2021 06:45 PM IST

    WTC Final Day 5 Live Score: Second session is underway

    And it's a FOUR! What a way to start the afternoon session. Full ball from Bumrah and that's what any batsman would like first up. The all-rounder crunches it through covers for a delightful boundary. That's how CDG bats. He will not hold himself back, which to be honest, India wouldn't mind.

  • JUN 22, 2021 06:41 PM IST

    ICMYI: Shubman Gill took this sharp catch to give India their 1st wicket of the day

    The India opener was at his best on the field.

  • JUN 22, 2021 06:31 PM IST

    Williamson, the slow scorer?

    The New Zealand captain is 19 off 112 balls, but more importantly, just 7 off 75 today which includes a boundary. Pujara in the first innings scored 8 off 54. 'Any more questions, doubters,' is what India's No. 3 must be saying. But jokes aside, that's how batting has been today. In fact, this entire Test match. Just shows how good Gill and Rohit were during their first wicket partnership on Day 2.

  • JUN 22, 2021 06:26 PM IST

    A session that yielded three wickets and just 34 runs

    New Zealand's approach can be questioned here. Scoring runs was never easy but it was going well as long as they had wickets in tact. But from there, losing one, two and then three wickets in a period of seven overs would be worrisome. India would be expected to go full steam here and bat again in the final session.

  • JUN 22, 2021 06:18 PM IST

    India vs New Zealand, WTC Final: India wrest back advantage

    The first hour of the day belonged to New Zealand, but with three wickets in seven overs, India have returned in the match and in some style. Some brilliant catching and probing bowling see India end the first session as the team on top. One more wicket and they are into the tail. And R Ashwin is yet to bowl today. Just reflects the depth of this Indian unit.

  • JUN 22, 2021 06:11 PM IST

    WTC Final: Agree with VVS?

    If India can get one more such session, this is their game, reckons the former India batsman.

  • JUN 22, 2021 06:03 PM IST

    Lunch on Day 5: India right back in the game

    Who says the first hour of the day is important? The second hour is too. Ask India, who after going wicketless till drinks, have picked up three wickets in quick succession. New Zealand is the team in trouble now. They have lost half their side and they trail India by 82 runs.

  • JUN 22, 2021 05:58 PM IST

    Shami strikes again, New Zealand lose another

    BOWLED HIM! Two wickets in two overs as Shami cleans up BJ Watling to pick up his 2nd wicket of the day. NZ slip to 135/5.

  • JUN 22, 2021 05:50 PM IST

    India vs New Zealand Live: WICKET

    OUT! Henry Nicholls edges Ishant Sharma to second slip and India have picked up a second wicket. He squares up Nicholls as the ball flies off the edge. Rohit Sharma at second slip comes in front of Cheteshwar Pujara and his bucket-like hands do the rest. Second breakthrough for India.

  • JUN 22, 2021 05:47 PM IST

    A FOUR at last for Kane Williamson

    The first boundary of the day for Kane Williamson as he flicks Jasprit Bumrah wide of square leg. It's been tough going for the New Zealand skipper. He missed out scoring a boundary in the previous over but he was not going to let that one go. New Zealand 134/3 after 69 overs.

  • JUN 22, 2021 05:40 PM IST

    India, listen to Sunny G

    "India will be looking to target Henry Nicholls now. Kane Williamson hasn't scored many runs but looks solid in defence. If they can open up one end, India will have a chance of moving this game along," said Gavaskar on the BBC Test Match Special.

  • JUN 22, 2021 05:32 PM IST

    IND vs NZ Live Score: The Bhuvneshwar Kumar debate goes on

    "I would have included him (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) just for this Test match because it is being played in June," says Sunil Gavaskar on air. Do you agree with the India legend?

  • JUN 22, 2021 05:29 PM IST

    CRACKED for 4

    Shami beats new batsman Henry Nicholls with snorter of a ball outside off. Tried it the second time but Nicholls was up to the challenge and played a handsome cut shot while being in the air. What a shot! That should certainly calm some nerves down.

  • JUN 22, 2021 05:26 PM IST

    What a difference a wicket can make

    One wicket and India are really upping the ante here. Shami's bowling seems to have rubbed off on Bumrah, who is looking a lot more in rhythm after the previous wicket-taking over. One more wicket here and this could be India's session. And if it can be of Williamson's, there's nothing quite like it.

  • JUN 22, 2021 05:18 PM IST

    WTC Final Day 5 Live Score: WICKET! Shami gives India the breakthrough

    Mohammed Shami strikes for India after drinks. Ross Taylor drives but can't keep it down for Shubman Gill to take a brilliant catch. New Zealand three down 117. Virat Kohli is delighted. No surprises there.

  • JUN 22, 2021 05:08 PM IST

    12 overs, 15 runs, 0 wickets

    Who do you think the first hour of play belonged to on Day 5?

  • JUN 22, 2021 05:03 PM IST

    Last over before the drinks interval coming up

    Here we go! The final over before drinks. Truth be told - the first hour has belonged to both teams, but you have to give New Zealand that extra point for battling out this period without losing a wicket. The India pacers weren't easy to get away with but Williamson and Taylor are New Zealand's two most experienced batsmen for a reason.

  • JUN 22, 2021 04:56 PM IST

    India vs New Zealand, WTC Final: Chance! But Pant can't get to it

    The first real chance of the day and Rishabh Pant couldn't quite make the most of it. Ishant wrapped Taylor on the gloves and flew to Pant's left into the boundary. Follows up with an in-swinger that beats Taylor's cover drive. Things are beginning to happen. New Zealand 117/2, trail India by exactly a 100.

  • JUN 22, 2021 04:52 PM IST

    Swing and seam from Shami

    This is terrific from the India pacer. He's really getting the ball to do things that weren't happening before entering the attack. But as good as he's been, Taylor and Williamson have been equally defiant to see off the Indian attack so far. We're closing towards the first hour of play.

  • JUN 22, 2021 04:48 PM IST

    IND vs NZ WTC Final: So true

    Shami is cracking it up. KKR concurs

  • JUN 22, 2021 04:45 PM IST

    Ishant hits Williamson in 'the box'

    This is the pace bowling combination India were looking for to start things off in the day. In just a span of six balls, Mohammed Shami has spiked the interest level in this match. And Ishant continues to bowl in rhythm. New Zealand may have not lost a wicket so far on Day 5 but they need to be watchful now that India's pacers have their tails up.

  • JUN 22, 2021 04:41 PM IST

    Excellent start from Shami

    Makes Taylor check his shot the very next ball after the boundary and finished the over well by rapping Williamson on his back pad with a ball that moved back in sharply. Did India miss a trick by starting with Bumrah? New Zealand 112/2, trail by 106 runs.

  • JUN 22, 2021 04:39 PM IST

    India vs New Zealand Live: First 4 of the morning

    India introduce Mohammed Shami. Ross Taylor gives New Zealand their first boundary of the day as Ross Taylor caresses a cover drive past the diving fielder. Appreciated by the players in the slip cordon and to be honest, Shami won't be too disappointed with that.

  • JUN 22, 2021 04:34 PM IST

    Ind vs NZ, WTC Final: Six overs bowled, six runs scored

    Batting hasn't been easy in these conditions and it's pretty evident by what has transpired so far on the morning on Day 5. India's fast bowlers are hitting the right line and lengths and even though Bumrah is not looking as sharp, he he and Ishant have not bowled loose deliveries to Williamson and Taylor.

  • JUN 22, 2021 04:30 PM IST

    Ouch! Williamson takes a blow to his chest

    That one jumps out of nowhere and pins Williamson on his chest. That was over bowled at 134 km/h by Ishant. The New Zealand yet to score a run off his bat this morning.

  • JUN 22, 2021 04:29 PM IST

    New Zealand closing in on half an hour

    New Zealand are off to a circumspect start and although only four runs have been added in the day so far, the Kiwis have not lost a wicket. A couple of nervy moments early on but they have not allowed India to run away with wickets.

  • JUN 22, 2021 04:20 PM IST

    Huge appeal but going down leg

    A close appeal by Ishant Sharma but on the first look, the ball seemed to be going slightly down leg. He has a discussion with Kohli and Pant, and India decide against the review. No bad involved as leg-bye is signalled by the umpire. New Zealand 103/2, just two runs scored in the day and none off the bat so far.

  • JUN 22, 2021 04:16 PM IST

    WTC Final: Maiden over for Bumrah

    Bumrah is cracking up good speed. A couple of balls were bowled at over 140 while the rest in the late 130s. His second over of the day and he's making an effort to get some speed and seam movement going.

  • JUN 22, 2021 04:09 PM IST

    Ishant from the other end

    With Ross Taylor taking strike, Virat Kohli has started with Ishant Sharma at the other end. Taylor isn't the best of starters and this is India's chance to strike early. What works well for them is that there is swing and Ishant is moving the ball in to Taylor. Good start for Ishant as he begins with a maiden over.

  • JUN 22, 2021 04:06 PM IST

    Ind vs NZ, WTC Final: Bumrah oversteps

    Bumrah just stepping a tad over the line and the third-umpire signals a no-ball. First runs of the day for New Zealand. Last ball of the over, Bumrah manages to draw the outside edge of Williamson's bat but it reaches second slip on one bounce.

  • JUN 22, 2021 04:03 PM IST

    Bumrah begins Day 5 for India

    It's chilly, it's windy. But thankfully, it's not raining as Day 5 finally gets underway after a one-hour delay. It's Jasprit Bumrah, who's bowling to Kane Williamson, and he beats the New Zealand skipper fourth ball.

  • JUN 22, 2021 03:56 PM IST

    Out walk the players

    The live scenes from the Rose Bowl is the most promising we've seen in the last 24 hours. After a lengthy delay, the players are out on the field. Virat Kohli is having a chat with Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma. Will those two start proceedings on what was supposed to be the final day of the Test match?

  • JUN 22, 2021 03:50 PM IST

    Day 5: Updated session timings as follows (IST)

    Session 1: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

    Session 2: 6:40 PM to 8:40 PM

    Session 3: 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM

  • JUN 22, 2021 03:45 PM IST

    Good News: Play to start at 4PM IST

    The official word is that play will resume in 15 minutes from now. After the umpires' inspection, Day 5 will finally get underway at 4:00 PM IST.

  • JUN 22, 2021 03:39 PM IST

    Ind vs NZ, Day 5, WTC Final: Update from Southampton

    Alright then! The rain has stopped and a little bit of sunshine has been spotted. The covers at the bowling end and the sides are being rolled in. Yay! But let's keep our fingers crossed.

  • JUN 22, 2021 03:36 PM IST

    OK then!

    As Prithi Narayan rightly points out, the weather in Southampton is suddenly no longer looking good.

  • JUN 22, 2021 03:32 PM IST

    We will start losing overs from now on

    It's 3:30 PM IST and it means that we will begin losing overs in the day. Remember, play can extend by another half an hour, means it can go till 11PM IST. But only if the light remains constant and there is no further rain. But rest, assured, there is a strong chance that we may no longer get 98 overs unless the bowlers really speed up their over-rate.

  • JUN 22, 2021 03:28 PM IST

    Fascinating suggestion from Aakash Chopra

    The former India opener has suggested an interesting idea to conduct WTC finals going ahead. Chopra feels that if rain results in washouts, how about ensuring that a total 450 overs are played out, doesn't matter how many days it takes? Not a timeless Test but making sure that those many overs are bowled. If there is no winner after 450 overs, then be it.

  • JUN 22, 2021 03:20 PM IST

    Update: Rain stops, but covers remain

    Thankfully, as expected, that light drizzle was only passing. It's stopped drizzling at the Rose Bowl but the covers are still on. The good thing is that we are still in for the scheduled 98 overs of play. No loss in the numbers of overs yet.

  • JUN 22, 2021 03:16 PM IST

    Ind vs NZ, Day 5: Pitch Report

    By Ian Bishop and Sunil Gavaskar: The pitch has been under the covers for over a day. The surface would have freshened up from the covering, retained the moisture and hence that tinge of green, and there will be something for the seamers, particularly Shami who made the ball misbehave on Day 3. If they can bend their backs and get it to lift off the surface, and get to the front-edge of the good length spot, they will bother the batsmen when they're committed to the drive. The footmarks will come into play for the spinners, so getting a spinner from one end and a pacer from another will be a good idea. It's a pitch that has something for everyone.

  • JUN 22, 2021 03:08 PM IST

    Scenes right now

    The teams are back in the balcony of their dressing rooms. Virat Kohli is speaking to coach Ravi Shastri. The hover cover is still on. Really frustrating.

  • JUN 22, 2021 03:02 PM IST

    Star delayed due to light drizzle

    Oh dear! Surely did not see that coming. Five minutes before play was about to start, the covers have come on. Mike Atherton is right. Probably the rain gods are not fans of Test cricket. Thankfully, as long as play can start by 11:00 AM local time and 3:30 PM IST, there should be no loss of overs.

  • JUN 22, 2021 02:56 PM IST

    Ind vs NZ, WTC Final, Day 5: Forecast for Reserve Day

    Get ready for this. As of now, it's expected to be sunny tomorrow, i.e. - the Reserve Day of the WTC final. But let's keep our fingers crossed and not get ahead of ourselves. A lot can happen between now and the next 24 hours.

  • JUN 22, 2021 02:45 PM IST

    Uh oh! Just what we feared

    Roughly 20 minutes before start of play on Day 5, a light drizzle makes an appearance at the Rose Bowl and the pitch has been covered. Talk about bad timing. There's still a chance of play starting on time, provided the drizzling stops in the next 10 minutes.

  • JUN 22, 2021 02:40 PM IST

    WTC Final, IND vs NZ: How good has Ashwin been in the WTC

    With 67 wickets in 13 Test matches, Ashwin is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament and has picked up 4 five-wicket-hauls. But he hasn't been in the action alone. Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have combined to pick up 95 wickets in the WTC, which probably indicates why India stuck to these two spinners for the crunch tie.

  • JUN 22, 2021 02:36 PM IST

    It's chilly, but Virat Kohli's humour is intact

    It's really windy, breezy and chilly. The Indian players have their beanies and puffer jackets on, including Virat Kohli, who was seen laughing in the visuals as he spoke to Shubman Gill. Just shows India are in no sort of pressure.

  • JUN 22, 2021 02:34 PM IST


    We hear that the hover cover is on at the Ageas Bowl, but there is no rain, or is it drizzling? Not sure. But let's hope rain stays away. There's some chances of drizzle around lunch time, but it's only passing.

  • JUN 22, 2021 02:27 PM IST

    Ind vs NZ, WTC Final: 28 wickets left to determine a winner

    With two days play remaining, it's tricky to pick a winner here. Surely, from this point onward, it looks highly unlikely that New Zealand can lose. India would have to bowl out of their skins to dismiss their twice in two days. The only possibility for that to happen is this - India bowls out the Kiwis inside two sessions today and then get a sizeable lead before putting NZ in again. That's a lot to do in two days.

  • JUN 22, 2021 02:18 PM IST

    WAIT! Are those patches of clear skies in the background?

    Whoa! When was the last time we saw that during this Test match.

  • JUN 22, 2021 02:14 PM IST

    Day 5 session timings: Here's how they look like

    Session 1: 3PM to 5PM

    Session 2: 5:40 PM to 7:55 PM

    Session 3: 8:15 PM to 10:30 PM

  • JUN 22, 2021 02:11 PM IST

    Update: Teams warming up

    Some more promising news coming from the Hampshire bowl. The players are warming up, which signals encouraging signs. It indicates that will definitely start on time. Although there is no rain, light could prove to be a bit of an issue in the final session, as was the case on Day 2.

  • JUN 22, 2021 02:07 PM IST

    WTC Final: More from Karthik on the weather

    Dinesh Karthik: 'It is a typical English weather, grey and overcast. These conditions should certainly help India and its fast bowlers. Rest assured, expect a full day's play. The entire 98 overs.'

    Now, that's what we're talking about!

  • JUN 22, 2021 02:01 PM IST

    Day 5: What to expect

    A total of 196 overs are left to be bowled in the day, and more importantly, to determine the winner of the World Test Championship. In four days, only a total of 141.2 overs have been bowled. Having said that, given how challenging it has been for the batsmen to play, we are hopeful of one team emerging victorious here.

  • JUN 22, 2021 01:57 PM IST

    With Siraj left out, how much pressure is on Bumrah, Shami and Ishant?

    In the lead-up to the Test match, there were reports that suggested that the team management was trying its best to slot Mohammed Siraj in the Playing XI for the WTC XI. But now that he isn't part of it, and India have stuck to their trio of Shami, Bumrah and Ishant, if they don't live up to the expectations, rest assured, there will be plenty of talking. Given how well Siraj bowled in Australia, his strength being swing, nine out of 10 times, he would have been a starter, especially in English conditions.

  • JUN 22, 2021 01:52 PM IST

    Ind vs NZ, WTC final: What if the match ends in a draw

    Just a reminder. In case the final of the WTC final ends in a draw, both teams - India and New Zealand - would share the trophy. As dull and ending that promises to be to a two-year-long journey, those are the rules and unfortunately, that's just how it is. There have been theories that perhaps the table-topper could be declared the winner, but that would be unfair to the other team that has worked hard to reach the final. Do you think the ICC should make some changes to the WTC final format going forward? Have your say.

  • JUN 22, 2021 01:43 PM IST

    In case you missed it, Keshav Maharaj has picked up a Test hat-trick

    Spinner Keshav Maharaj has become the first player from South Africa to pick up a Test hat-trick in over 50 years. Geoff Griffin picked up the country's first hat-trick in 1960. Ever since, a total of 110 players have been on the chance of picking up three in three, but none could. That is, before Keshav Maharaj wrote his name in the history books.

  • JUN 22, 2021 01:38 PM IST

    How sensible is England hosting ICC matches in June?

    This isn't the first time that an ICC match or matches have been washed out in England during their summer. Two years ago, at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, a total of four matches were washed out. Keeping that in mind, going ahead, just how sensible it is for England to host cricket matches during the time of the year when it rains the most? Former India and New Zealand cricketers have already pointed fingers at the ICC, since there is no backup available and in the case of a draw, both teams will be declared joint-winners.

  • JUN 22, 2021 01:25 PM IST

    All eyes on India's pacers

    Even though the fast bowlers from India had their tail up, there wasn't much to show in the wickets' column. Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami did not get enough swing but still managed to trouble the New Zealand batsmen. The first wicket was taken by Ashwin before Ishant finally gave India a breakthrough at the very end, and who knows? Had rain not interfered, India could have targetted Ross Taylor as well. None the less, with one more day being washed out, conditions should once again favour India's pacers and they would be looking to knock New Zealand over as early as possible.

  • JUN 22, 2021 01:20 PM IST

    Cricket fans, REJOICE!

    Like his stint in the commentary box, Dinesh Karthik is doing a fabulous job bringing us the daily scenes from Southampton.

  • JUN 22, 2021 01:14 PM IST

    Ind vs NZ, WTC Final: The approach

    The Test match has reached a very crucial point. Technically, with just two days' worth of play remaining, it is likely that India and New Zealand would want to press for a result. The chances of two innings being played out in two days is very much a possibility as we have seen in the past. The one thing that two days of washout has ensured that this Test match should not end in a draw. A few very interesting passages of play are up for grabs.

  • JUN 22, 2021 01:08 PM IST

    The Big Question: How is the weather holding up?

    Well, we have some good news for you. The skies in Southampton are still overcast, as expected. But thankfully, chances of rain are far and few. To put it simply, Day 5 of this Test match could well prove to be a repeat of Day 2, where 64 overs were bowled and, if the weather permits, we could well complete the full day's quota of overs. Then again, we wouldn't get our hopes too high. That's how fickle the English weather is.

  • JUN 22, 2021 01:03 PM IST

    WTC Final India vs New Zealand Day 5 LIVE

    Hello and welcome to Day 5 live blog of ICC World Test Championship Final, between India and New Zealand. The last day was a mood-spoiler but today we are expecting some action at the Rose Bowl. The covers are off currently and the weather also seems fine. New Zealand will resume their innings on 101/2 with Kane Williamson (12*) and Ros Taylor coming to bat. The Kiwis trail India by 116 runs.

Ajinkya Rahane: File photo(AP)
Ajinkya Rahane: File photo(AP)

Rahane back to training session, chances of playing 1st Test increases: Report

PTI | , Durham
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2021 10:27 PM IST
It was learnt that Rahane has returned to practice on the day and apart from fielding and physical training sessions, he also had a proper net session at the Riverside Ground of Durham County.
Former Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan: File photo(REUTERS)
Former Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan: File photo(REUTERS)

'It’s not going to be easy for him to start because T20 is a harder game'

By, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 26, 2021 10:10 PM IST
Sri Lankan spin legend Muralitharan highlighted that Varun didn’t turn the ball much but still, managed to give a ‘good performance’ on his international debut.
Danish Kaneria (L) slams Sri Lanka head coach Mickey Arthur for losing 1st T20I against India(HT Collage)
Danish Kaneria (L) slams Sri Lanka head coach Mickey Arthur for losing 1st T20I against India(HT Collage)

‘Whichever team he’s coached, its performance has declined’: Danish Kaneria

By, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2021 09:14 PM IST
Danish Kaneria has asked Arthur to stop giving offbeat suggestions and focus on his coaching style.
Indian spin trio of Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal and Varun Chakravarthy(HT Collage) Exclusive
Indian spin trio of Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal and Varun Chakravarthy(HT Collage)

Attack or defend, India spoilt for spin choices as T20 World Cup approaches

By Rasesh Mandani, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JUL 26, 2021 06:14 PM IST
Chakravarthy the mystery spinner ends up taking more risk, while Chahal’s primary objective is greater control. Their first outing as a bowling combination for India was promising in the win over Sri Lanka.
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