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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.
Dale Steyn on the Tim Southee inswinger
Last dance with MaryJane
And so it has come to this. Final day of the Test, the reserve day, to decide who takes the World Test Championship. It would appear India’s best shot now is to share it with New Zealand but stranger things have happened in cricket. How many overs do New Zealand realistically need to bat to win? If they can tie India up, they could even win this in 45, meaning they need to take the remaining eight Indian wicket in 50 overs. If they bowl economically, that is.
There will be a lot of discussion on how these sides will approach this final day, but I think they will just play their normal cricket. Cheteshwar Pujara won’t suddenly try to set up a declaration, and Virat Kohli won’t suddenly shut shop. Don’t forget that batting time is not the only route available to India. Scoring runs also plays New Zealand out.
New Zealand, too, will look to bowl normally. Keep the runs down, bowl good balls, and create about 80-90 false responses. They have five seam bowlers. They will just hope for more help from the pitch than they got in the evening session.
The weather, as if to tease us, is glorious finally. Is it too late? Or do we have a glorious final session still left? Drawing and sharing the trophy is all well and good, but nothing is quite the same as winning it outright. Does a side have enough skill, luck and time? We will start finding out in half an hour.
Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo