Kyle Jamieson believes Virat Kohli doesn't have "too many chinks in his armor" but he sees "some sort of pattern" in the way his Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate and Indian captain gets out lbw to incoming deliveries. The tall paceman picked up his fifth five-wicket haul on Sunday (June 20) and put New Zealand on top on day three of the World Test Championship final in Southampton.
Jamieson, who finished with figures of 5/31, kept taking the ball away from Kohli before pitching one slightly further up and bringing it back into the Indian captain. Kohli ended up playing down the wrong line and was dismissed for 44. Since 2018, this was the 11th instance of Kohli getting dismissed through an LBW. Only Joe Root has been dismissed via this mode more times (16).
"I guess, yeah, maybe there's some sort of pattern. I don't necessarily know if we talk about it a huge amount. I think the one that I was able to get with him today certainly seamed back a little bit, and those are pretty hard to control as a bowler and pretty hard to manage as a batter no matter who you are, so I don't think it's necessarily just for him," said Jamieson, who played for RCB in IPL 2021.
"He's a massive part of their team and a pretty big wicket to get. To get him pretty early this morning I guess was nice and was pleasing and pretty crucial for how the day unfolded. I think he's a world-class batter, and those guys don't tend to have too many chinks in their armor. Certainly pleasing to get him.
"Just was pleasing in terms of for myself being able to try to wobble the ball and try and keep him in check a little bit and to get that wicket was pleasing and just a great start for our game. We spoke around how we wanted to operate this morning and how important today was going to be in the context of the game."
The 26-year-old couldn't get his line and length right in the first Test against England at Lord's and Jamieson said he learned a thing or two from that game. "I've probably learnt a little bit around technically what I'm trying to do. The ball certainly swung a fair amount, and probably at times almost too much. So I think for me personally today, and a little bit yesterday, as well, I probably tried to more wobble the ball than swing it and just kind of engage guys for longer periods.
"Especially when the ball gets a little bit older and the seam is still pretty good on the Dukes ball, so I think just technically how you're trying to operate the guys and when you want to swing it and how much you want to swing it and which way you want to swing it as opposed to New Zealand where it doesn't tend to move as much in the air, and instead of guys playing and missing, they tend to grab the edge a little bit more."
India could add only 71 runs to their overnight score of 146/3 and were bundled out for a below-par total of 217. In reply, Tom Latham and Devon Conway put 70 runs for the opening wicket before R Ashwin broke the stand in the 35th over. Conway, who smashed England all around the park in the two-Test series, once again played a solid knock and scored 54 off 153 deliveries before falling to Ishant Sharma late in the day.
"They were superb. I think from my short time in this team it was some of the best batting that I'd seen. I think the way that Tom and Dev approached that, the ball was going to move around, we knew that, and the conditions were probably going to be in the bowler's favour. The way they approached that pretty tricky period was outstanding. They're two pretty world-class openers in my opinion.
Jamieson said New Zealand can't control the weather and would be happy with whatever first-innings lead they manage to get. "I haven't seen the forecast a huge amount. Obviously we've got a little bit of time up our sleeve with that sixth day. Be interesting to see, I guess, how that plays out. I guess where we're sitting now it would be pretty comfortable. I think if you said to us at the start of the game that we can get them for low 200s and then to be 100 for two, we'd be pretty happy.
"Whatever unfolds in terms of the weather or bad light or whatever, we can't really control, but we can control how we choose to operate and how we tackle each moment. It's probably a little bit early to say what sort of lead. I think you're always hoping for more of a lead or as much of a lead as you can get. I don't think you can really put a number on it. We've seen that it's been tough, and we know in England that things, when they happen, can happen quickly.
"The way we started tonight was obviously pretty good in terms of that front. I think obviously the key moving forward is to try and build on that, and if we can get ahead, great, if we can get 50, 100, 150, great. I think as a bowling unit we'll take whatever we can get really."