Live Report – India vs New Zealand, WTC final, Southampton, 6th day (reserve day)



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The World Test Championship final has come down to the final day for Virat Kohli’s India and Kane Williamson’s New Zealand. Here’s where the game stands coming into this, the reserve day. Tune in for ESPNcricinfo’s live updates – please refresh your page for the latest.
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His Highness Kyle Jamieson

In the most batting-friendly conditions of this Test, against one of the best batsmen of all time, Kyle Jamieson works out a wicket when things did begin to look flat. Virat Kohli will of course not be happy with the dismissal but Jamieson has also set this dismissal up.

Seamers all over keep looking to drag Kohli across and then bowl the lbw ball, which is how Jamieson got him in the first innings. Here, though, there hasn’t been enough seam movement available. So Jamieson has gone both ways: bowl an outswinger, then go wide on the crease looking for the lbw. The outswinger missed the edge, the one from wide of the crease did too much. Then he also went into the locker for bounce from short of a length. Kohli left one alone, but with this eventual one, he just pushed, which is the half-way thing that used to get him out in 2014. Neither going hard nor leaving it alone. Tall bowlers who have shown previously they can bring it in tend to do that to you. Kohli gone for 13 off 29. Jamieson to Kohli in Test cricket: 84 balls, 30 runs, three wickets.

And while I type it out, Jamieson has done the same to Cheteshwar Pujara. He has these batsmen looking for the ball coming in. Pujara is worried about it, moves forward to a length ball and tries to cover that movement, but the ball holds its line for an edge through to first slip. Pujara gone for 15 off 80. India 72 for 4, having added just 8 runs in 35 minutes. India lead by 40.


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