Rishabh Pant’s half-painful, half-bizarre innings in the World Test Championship (WTC) final came to an end when Trent Boult did him in with a fuller one that Pant miscued while attempting to dance down the track.
Henry Nicholls, who had run from rearward point, caught the skier and held on to it. Ravichandran Ashwin promptly nicked one to first slip, reducing India to 156 for 8 and a 124-run deficit.
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What will the game’s outcome be in the WTC final?
India will take as many runs as their tail can generate now that Pant and Ashwin are back in the hut. With a 124-point lead, the goal would be to get to 170 points and force a draw in the WTC final.
On a surface that has enough for the bowlers, the ball is still moving. Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah, for example, will be eager to take advantage of the conditions and derail the Kiwi batting order early.
Rishabh Pant goes for a big one against Trent Boult, but miscues and is caught by Henry Nicholls.
A massive breakthrough for the @BLACKCAPS 💥
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Kyle Jamieson had earlier dealt India a twin blow, dismissing Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara in quick succession. The expulsion of Ajinkya Rahane raised concerns, but Ravindra Jadeja and Pant set about rebuilding the team, only for Neil Wagner to acquire Jadeja.
Pant swotted and reverse-swept his way to 41, but he couldn’t hold on long enough to see the other side. Here’s a quick rundown of his ejection from our SK commentators:
Trent Boult to Rishabh Pant, OUT! BOULT WITH A DECISIVE BLOW! Full delivery on middle and leg stump and Pant comes down the track looking to hit that one into the sea. However, he gets into an awkward position and gets a massive top edge that goes miles up in the air. Nicholls runs back from backward point and holds onto a sensational catch! You live by the sword, you die by it!