India, New Zealand still have a chance to win as World Trials Championship final enters day six | Cricket News



Kane Williamson scored 49 on 177 balls in a superb vigil for New Zealand against India in Southampton

India and New Zealand still have a chance to force victory on the sixth and potentially thrilling final day of the World Trial Championship final at the Hampshire Bowl.

India closed an absorbing fifth day on 64-2, with a lead of 32, and a positive result remains possible with the reserve day, which will feature a maximum of 98 overs, having been activated after a weather affair.

Black Caps captain Kane Williamson (49 of 177) played a brilliantly vigilant shot as Indian fashion designer Mohammed Shami (4-76) tore his teammates apart as New Zealand took a 32-inning lead in scoring 249 in Southampton.

Williamson’s men now appear the most likely winners with Tim Southee dismissing Indian openers Shubman Gill (8) and Rohit Sharma (30) lbw with excellent swingers before stumps, after working them out with outside swingers.

Mohammed Shami took four wickets on day five at the Hampshire Bowl

Mohammed Shami took four wickets on day five at the Hampshire Bowl

New Zealand will be hoping to beat India and hit a cheap target in what should be a sunny Wednesday, with Virat Kohli – who is undefeated at eight – perhaps a statement and a late-day dart at the Kiwis if his team can score quickly and go quite far ahead.

The draw remains the big favorite – a result which would see the trophy shared – whose inclement weather on the south coast marred much of the inaugural final.

Days one and four were completely wiped out by the rain, while entertaining days two and three were washed away by bad light.

Shami's counters included Ross Taylor and Colin de Grandhomme

Shami’s counters included Ross Taylor and Colin de Grandhomme

There was also some frustration at the start of Matchday 5, with a light drizzle delaying the game for 60 minutes, but when the action started at 11:30 am, with New Zealand on 101-2, and behind the total. India’s first rounds of 217 by 116 races, it was an exciting two hours before the lunch break.

The first hour saw just 13 points scored in 16 overs as constant Williamson – who scored just 15 of the first 100 balls he faced in his shot – dug and out-of-spell Ross Taylor (11) somehow survived a test exam. Indian market leaders, with particularly impressive Shami.

India finally got their awards after the drink break, catching three wickets in 7.1 overs after throwing the ball harder, with Taylor (11), Henry Nicholls (7) and BJ Watling (1) withdrawn as the New Zealand slipped from 117-2 to 135-5.

Taylor led a prancing ball from Shami outside the stump to a short cover where Shubman Gill took an excellent jump to his right, while Watling – playing his 75th and final test – also fell to Shami, knocked down by a ball that has pinched a tap to hit the top and middle stumps.

Shami’s wickets sandwiched Ishant Sharma (3-48) by slicing left-hander Nicholls around the wicket with a thin ball that bowed and then moved away – Rohit dipping through Pujara in the cordon to catch the plug as New Zealand headed for lunch dragged by 82.

Shami grabbed a third wicket after the break, trapping Colin de Grandhomme (13) with a nip-backer off the crease, with Black Caps 162-6 at this point and India feeling an advantage in the first set.

However, Kyle Jamieson (21 of 16) and Tim Southee (30 of 46) added muscle to Williamson’s ballast – Southee creating two sixes and Jamieson one – with their cameos helping New Zealand to score faster and put in 87. for their last four wickets.

Williamson hit the limit, off Shami, which allowed New Zealand to take the lead, but then missed a 33rd fifty test when he played away from his body and steered Ishant towards Kohli on the second slide. to become the eighth man to come out.

Shami had previously bounced a ball off Jamieson after the New Zealand skyscraper beat him for six, while Ravindra Jadeja did the same with Southee, knocking him off his legs to end the New Zealand innings. after being mowed for a massive max on midwicket.

Neil Wagner (0), who was caught by Ajinkya Rahane from Ravichandran Ashwin (28), failed to score but Trent Boult broke a limit before completing seven steps as New Zealand scored 28 more points after Williamson’s dismissal.

Southee followed his fireworks with the bat as he made the opening breakthrough in India’s second innings, pinning Gill (8) lbw with full swing after the opener played all around his pad before .

Rohit then shouldered his arms to a swingers’ length from Southee to leave 15 minutes before the strains, with his replacement Kohli – who was slammed on the helmet by a Southee bouncer – and Pujara (12 no of 55) leading India to the end, putting up a fascinating final on Wednesday.

Watch day six of the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand live on Sky Sports Cricket starting Wednesday at 10 a.m.



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