We are about to enter the final day of the World Test Championship final and the excitement is plenty as any result can sill be possible. After an incredible fightback from India, New Zealand were bowled out for 249 runs in their first innings. At stumps, India were 64/2 in their second innings at the Hampshire Bowl, leading India by 32 runs.
Stumps in Southampton 🏏— ICC (@ICC) June 22, 2021
India finish the day on 64/2, with a lead of 32! Tim Southee claimed the wickets of the openers.#WTC21 Final | #INDvNZ | https://t.co/nz8WJ8wKfC pic.twitter.com/qlKrCVGAJn
Shubman Gill (8) and Rohit Sharma (30) were the ones to lose their wickets in the last session of the day. Virat Kohli (8*) and Cheteshwar Pujara (12*) are unbeaten at the crease to take the proceedings forward on the reserve day.
Tim Southee strikes again and this time he claims the prized scalp of Rohit Sharma!— ICC (@ICC) June 22, 2021
The India opener falls for 30.#WTC21 Final | #INDvNZ | https://t.co/nz8WJ8wKfC pic.twitter.com/apYTBRLY2N
New Zealand started their day on 101/2 and rode on a patient and sensible 49 from skipper Kane Williamson and an attacking 30 from Tim Southee to take a 32-run lead in the first innings. The Kiwi tail put up a strong fight as they contributed 57 runs for the last 3 wickets.
Md Shami was the pick of the Indian bowlers with 4/76. He bowled a lot fuller on Day 5 to force the Kiwi batsmen to go for their shots. Ishant Sharma, too, impressed, returning 3-48 and taking the crucial wicket of Williamson.
As many as 10 wickets fell in the day, with Mohammad Shami taking four of them 🔥— ICC (@ICC) June 22, 2021
Your @bookingcom Best Wickets from Day 5 of the ICC World Test Championship Final 👇#WTC21 Final | #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/rJ4F5Vdq4d
The Indians were brilliant on the field as well. Shubman Gill's stunning diving catch to dismiss Ross Taylor for 11 underlines the athleticism of the current bunch of players.
🔸 Gill’s stunning catch— ICC (@ICC) June 22, 2021
🔸 Shami’s wicket of Watling
🔸 Jamieson’s monster six
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It was a cold day in Southampton, but the Indian ground fielding was 👌— ICC (@ICC) June 22, 2021
Your @bira91 Fielding Moments 👇#WTC21 Final | #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/5tpCLxXMvR
The final day's weather will have a huge role to play in the match's outcome. India, in all probability, will look to post a 250+ run target for the New Zealand batters to be in with a chance of a win.