Kohli, Rahane dig in on truncated day - As it happened

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Kohli, Rahane dig in on truncated day - As it happened
19 Jun 2021
IND 146/3(64.4)
05:23 PM IST
That's it for the day
Play has been called off. It was only a matter of time. The umpires went in to the middle half an hour ago and it did not look promising then. But what a day of Test cricket. It is the ace format because it is a test of character and both teams were tested today. New Zealand did not start well with the ball but came back after drinks in the morning session. Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill laid a solid platform but could not convert their starts. And India soon slid from 62/0 to 88/3. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane dug it out. Kohli, especially was at his resilient best. He has only one boundary to his name, having batted for 124 balls. It shows his will to stay there and also the poor outfield. Rahane has been brilliant as well, scoring 29 with four boundaries. The 50-run stand between India's captain and vice-captain has kept the day's honors shared. Day 3 will begin tomorrow at the usual time - 10.30 AM local, 3 PM IST. 98 overs in the day if the weather permits. We will see you tomorrow.
IND 146/3(64.4)
04:15 PM IST
Covers on
The covers are back on to the field. It looks like it is going to rain. Probably no resumption in play for a while.
IND 146/3(64.4)
03:57 PM IST
Bad light strikes back
The play stops as light fades again. Virat Kohli tucks his bat under his armpit as soon as the umpire takes the light meter out. The players are off and we have another interruption. India looking good with the captain and vice-captain still unbeaten.
IND 138/3(59.4)
03:37 PM IST
50-run stand
Tim Southee pitches it short, probably for the first time today. Ajinkya Rahane rocks back and pulls it for four in the most nonchalant manner. Brings up a crucial 50-run stand with Virat Kohli for the fourth wicket.
IND 134/3(58.4)
03:26 PM IST
Update
Covers removed. Players are getting ready to head out. The play is on.
IND 134/3(58.4)
03:05 PM IST
Covers on
The groundsmen have pulled covers over the pitch. We don't see any rain as of now but these are definitely not promising signs.
IND 134/3(58.4)
03:01 PM IST
Bad light again
The light has dipped again and the umpires have taken the players off. Tim Southee won't be thrilled about going back as he was hitting the right spot to hit on the pitch. Virat Kohli, on the other hand, might be glad as he didn't appear at his resilient best in this session. Overall, India scored 14 runs off 19 balls.
IND 129/3(57.0)
02:58 PM IST
Brilliant by Southee
Tim Southee couldn't get it right at the start of the day but he has been terrific in this spell, in in this over especially. Both Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane were beaten twice each in that over as he drew them in to the shot. Rahane did eventually put the last ball away for four but Southee is testing the opposition batsmen now.
IND 120/3(55.3)
02:44 PM IST
They are back
The umpires and the players are heading back on the pitch. The play resumes after tea.
IND 120/3(55.3)
02:40 PM IST
Bad light stops play
The light at the Ageas Bowl is low which means the players won't return to the field after tea. The start of the third session has been officially delayed.
IND 120/3(55.3)
02:18 PM IST
Bad light; Early tea
The light is on a decline and the umpires are conferring. will they go off? Yes, they will. The players walk off the field and it is an early, preponed by a few minutes. Tight session of Test cricket this. 27.3 overs, only 51 runs and one wicket. New Zealand were more consistent with their line and length but the Indian batsmen also dug it out. Virat Kohli batted throughout the session but did not score a boundary which vindicates the above statement. Players walk off but the umpires did not call for the covers which means the rain is unlikely.
IND 119/3(54.3)
02:09 PM IST
Almost!
Neil Wagner provides room to Ajinkya Rahane and the right-hander goes for a loose driver. He edges but fortunately for him, the ball falls short of Tom Latham at gully.
IND 112/3(52.4)
02:03 PM IST
Welcome boundary
Colin de Grandhomme misses his mark and Ajinkya Rahane was quick to rock on to the back foot and punch it away for four past backward point. A boundary after 111 balls for India.
IND 100/3(46.5)
01:38 PM IST
100-up
A firm push on the back foot by Rahane square of the wicket brings two and the hundred for India is up.
IND 93/3(44.0)
01:25 PM IST
Drinks
The first hour of the session is up and New Zealand have kept the pressure. India have managed only 24 runs in 16 overs at the cost of Cheteshwar Pujara's wicket. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane are doing the reconstruction job here.
IND 88/3(40.2)
01:05 PM IST
WICKET!
Trent Boult replaces Neil Wagner and pins Cheteshwar Pujara in front of the stumps straightaway. The left-arm seamer gets his line and length spot on here. Shapes it back in as well. Pujara tries to defend on the front foot but misses the ball and is hit on the back leg. It looks out and the umpire raises his finger. Pujara wants to review but Virat Kohli is not convinced. He walks back. Big wicket for New Zealand. Pujara lbw b Boult 8 (54)
IND 78/2(36.2)
12:46 PM IST
Wagner eyeing Pujara's ribs?
The plan seems clear. There is a leg slip, short leg and a gully in place which hints at Neil Wagner going for his trademark play of a short-ball barrage from over the stumps. As we provide you this update, Wagner has pinned Pujara on the helmet. Surprisingly, Pujara went for the pull. He took innumerable blows from Pat Cummins when India toured Down Under but it is tough to repeat against a left-armer. The stem guard flies off but Pujara seems fine. Wagner checks on him and there is a nice touch to this with a fist bump.
IND 74/2(33.0)
12:33 PM IST
Pujara off the mark
It took him 36 balls but Cheteshwar Pujara has opened his account in style. A little short and wide from Neil Wagner and Pujara cashes in with an authoritative cut shot to get up and running off his 36th delivery.
IND 69/2(30)
12:23 PM IST
Quiet start
It has been quiet first two overs post lunch. Interestingly, New Zealand have started with Colin de Grandhomme alongside Neil Wagner. A potential explanation could be the fact that de Grandhomme got Virat Kohli out during the two Tests between the sides in early 2020. Remember, Kane Williamson also line de Grandhomme up against Joe Root during the Lord's Test couple of weeks ago. De Grandhomme had got Joe Root out in the 2019 World Cup final.
IND 69/2(28.0)
11:40 AM IST
Lunch
That will be lunch in Southampton. An interesting opening session in this WTC final. Put in to bat in testing conditions, India started brilliantly. Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill mixed caution with their natural aggression to notch up 62 runs for the first wicket. It is, in fact, the first 50-plus stand for the first wicket in Tests in Southampton. New Zealand, on the other hand, were a couple of steps behind. They missed their mark consistently which allowed Rohit and Gill to cut loose. However, the Kiwis came back post drinks. Kyle Jamieson and Neil Wagner struck in their only spell of the session to get the ball running rolling for the Blackcaps. At best, the honors are shared in the opening session. Although, New Zealand would be happy to dismiss both the openers. And both the openers would feel they could have left those balls alone. A lot rests on Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara. While Kohli has scored 6 runs, Pujara did not bother to get off the mark. He played only one attacking shot in the 24 balls he faced, which was saved by Wagner off his own bowling.
IND 63/2(24.3)
11:22 AM IST
Wicket for Wagner
Neil Wagner is in to the attack for a burst before lunch and he has struck straightaway with a straight ball going across Shubman Gill. The last one swung back in and that made an impact on Gill's mind on this occasion. He plays the straighter for the inward movement but the ball catches the outside edge for an easy catch to BJ Watling. Gill c Watling b Wagner 28 (64)
IND 62/1(20.1)
11:02 AM IST
OUT!
There is the breakthrough. Rohit Sharma had played a few deliveries away from his body before. This one is pitched full outside the off-stump, something Rohit could have left but having grown in confidence, he goes for this one. Sort of a nothing shot as it was not full enough to pitch. This one seams away and finds the outside edge. Tim Southee takes an excellent catch in the slip cordon, diving low to his right to complete the dismissal. Rohit c Southee b Jamieson 34 (68)
IND 55/0(18.4)
10:53 AM IST
Stat!
In Tests at Southampton, this is the first 50+ opening partnership for an away team. Previously, Abid Ali and Shan Masood posted a 49-run stand in last year.
IND 53/0(17.1)
10:48 AM IST
Fifty up!
Rohit Sharma rocks on the back foot and punches the ball through covers for four. That brings the 50-run stand between Rohit (29*) and Shubman Gill (23*). Eight boundaries in this stand which speaks for the authority with which they have carried on this morning. An excellent conflation of caution and aggression.
IND 49/0(16.5)
10:46 AM IST
Hit on the helmet
Kyle Jamieson has been getting steep bounce in his first spell. Troubles Shubman Gill a couple of times. The right-hander tries to tackle him by walking down but this one is on the money from Jamieson and loaded with bounce, the ball hits Gill right on the helmet. The physio check him and he is doing fine.
IND 37/0(10.0)
10:18 AM IST
Solid start
After 12 runs in the first five overs, the Indian openers have accumulated 25 in the next five. They have mixed their cautious approach with apt aggression, executing their flair whenever the ball has been in their radar. There has been the exquisite Shubman Gill pull and the magnificent Rohit Sharma square cut. Tim Southee and Trent Boult have beaten the bat a couple of times but have not landed the ball in the right areas for long enough. As a result, there has not been a single maiden over as yet. Another takeaway from the first 10 overs is that the outfield is slow due to the heavy rain. There have been four 3s in it is only 10 overs in the Test match so far.
IND 16/0(6.0)
09:57 AM IST
First boundary
Trent Boult pitches one short in his third over and Shubman Gill dispatches him through mid-wicket for the first boundary of the game. You can't bowl short to any of these two. The drumbeats are on from the Indian fans in the stadium with the boundary count underway.
IND 12/0(5.0)
09:55 AM IST
Not the best of starts by the Kiwis
Both the New Zealand new ball bowlers - Tim Southee and Trent Boult - have been off the radar a little. However, Southee seemed to get things more right than wrong in his third over. The Indian openers have been tight. Rohit Sharma is playing the ball close to his body. Shubman Gill has walked down the track on occasions.
IND 3/0(1.0)
09:37 AM IST
False start by Southee
Tim Southee won't be happy with his start there, bowling three of the six deliveries in the first over down the leg-side. The very first one was clipped towards deep square-leg by Rohit Sharma for three runs. Two other deliveries were way outside the off stump and did not test the batsman, Shubman Gill.
STAT
09:30 AM IST
Perfect conditions for Williamson, the captain
Michael Atherton, at the toss, mentioned that Kane Williamson is a captain who likes to bowl first. Kane Williamson has won the toss six times in New Zealand skipper and has opted to bowl five times. The conditions are quite perfect for bowling as well. New Zealand have the early advantage and they would like to squeeze everything out of it.
TOSS
09:09 AM IST
NZ bowl first
New Zealand win the toss and opt to bowl first. The coin continues to land against Virat Kohli in another important game. Kohli says they would have bowled first as well because of the conditions. India have not made any changes in their XI which they announced on the eve of Day 1 of this Test match. Kane Williamson confirms a four-man seam attack for the Kiwis which means they will take the field without a spinner. India XI: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah New Zealand XI: Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult
WARM-UP IS/ON
08:51 AM IST
Players in the middle
The players are in the outfield, going about their routine warm-up sessions. It is overcast but it is still dry. Toss seems to be on time which is in around 10 minutes. Stay with us as we bring you all the updates.
BUILD UP
08:29 AM IST
We expecting play?
Hello, people. Welcome to Cricket.com's coverage of the World Test Championship (WTC) final, between India and New Zealand. After a washed out Day 1, conditions are much better for cricket on Day 2. Dinesh Karthik, via his Instagram account, confirmed a beautiful morning in Southampton, greeted with sunshine. However, clouds did make their way to the Ageas Bowl as the scheduled start of play drew closer. Thankfully, the rain has stayed away and forecast perceives only 20 per cent chances of rain today. Hence, it won't be too much to expect the final to get underway finally. Currently, we are set for play on time, that is, toss at 10 AM local, 2.30 PM IST and the first ball 30 minutes later.
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