Day 5 of the World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand in Southampton offered some fascinating cricket after a brief delay due to rain.
New Zealand started the day with a score of 101 for 2, but by lunchtime, they were down to 135 for 5. New Zealand took a critical 32-run lead in Southampton because to Kane Williamson’s tenacious innings of 49 and cameos from Tim Southee (30) and Kyle Jamieson (21).
India’s openers, Shubman Gill (8) and Rohit Sharma (30), were both dismissed before the end of the innings. In Southampton, they finished Day 5 with a 32-point lead. The WTC final will now proceed to the Reserve Day, which will allow for a maximum of 98 overs to be bowled.
For both fans and players, there is finally some good news on the weather front. The Reserve Day forecast is the best it’s been in the WTC final. The weather in Southampton is anticipated to be largely sunny on Wednesday. There are no thunderstorms or showers forecasted. The temperature will be around 20 degrees Celsius, with an unusually low cloud cover of 24 percent.
🔸 Gill’s stunning catch
🔸 Shami’s wicket of Watling
🔸 Jamieson’s monster six
— ICC (@ICC) June 22, 2021
Despite the fact that the WTC final has been delayed, a result in Southampton is still possible, especially if all 98 overs are bowled. New Zealand has the best chance of victory because they can put pressure on India’s batting. After surrendering a key 32-run lead in the first innings and losing two in the second, India will have to do something exceptional to win.
We’ll have to stick it out and play it by the hour: In Southampton, R Ashwin is on Reserve Day.
On the Reserve Day in Southampton, Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin remarked that the squad will take it hour by hour. India finished Day 5 on 64 for 2, with a 32-run lead. On Tuesday, after the finish of the day’s play, Ashwin commented to the host broadcaster:
“We’ve got to hang in there and play it by the hour if we can get some solid runs and set it up for tomorrow. Get through it, score a few runs, and try to set it up in the second half of the day; 98 overs is a little less for us, but we’ll see.”Day 5 of the WTC final at Southampton, he said, was “a terrific day of Test cricket.” As said by Ashwin:
The game didn’t move much in the opening session, but our quicks bowled exceptionally effectively. Kane also did a fantastic job at the plate. It’s been a fantastic day of Test cricket. If we had more time, the game would be in a far better position. They put in a valiant attempt, playing three quicks and going on and on. [Shami] He was rewarded for his excellent bowling performance. We bowled for an hour and were then rewarded 20 minutes before lunch.”
As many as 10 wickets fell in the day, with Mohammad Shami taking four of them 🔥— ICC (@ICC) June 22, 2021
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