India vs New Zealand WTC Final Highlights, Day 5: India Take Slender Lead As Match Heads Into Reserve Day

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India vs New Zealand: Virat Kohli was at the crease when stumps were called on Day 5.© AFP

Indian openers Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma were dismissed by pacer Tim Southee in the last session of play as India finished Day 5 at 64/2, leading New Zealand by 32 runs. Skipper Virat Kohli joined Cheteshwar Pujara in the middle as the match is set to be played on the Reserve Day tomorrow. Earlier, India struck regularly with the second new ball but New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson played a gutsy knock of 49 runs to help his side take a crucial 32-run lead in the first innings. Mohammed Shami claimed four wickets while Ishant Sharma took two wickets on Day 5 to dismiss New Zealand for 249 runs. The ill-fated inaugural World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand resumed at Southampton on Tuesday after an hour’s delay following the latest rain interruption to blight the showpiece match. 91 overs are scheduled to be bowled in three sessions of play today, BCCI confirmed. After rain meant the whole of Monday’s play was washed without a ball bowled — the second time in the match this had had happened after Friday’s opening day went the same way — there were hopes the match would resume as scheduled at 10:30 am local time (0930 GMT). But instead players and supporters at south coast county Hampshire’s headquarters had to wait until 11:30 am (1030 GMT) instead. (SCORECARD)

WTC Final Highlights Of India vs New Zealand, Day 5 From The Ageas Bowl, Southampton

  • 23:36 (IST)

    Stumps – Day 5!

    Stumps- Day 5!

    Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara saw India off to the end of Day 5, 32 runs ahead in the second innings. 

    Tim Southee claimed both openers, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill to put the game in balance as the match now shifts into the Reserve Day tomorrow for the WTC Final.

    IND 64/2 after 30 overs.

    That’s all from the Live Blog here, do join us tomorrow for an intriguing Reserve Day’s play of the WTC Final. Till then, goodbye!

  • 23:30 (IST)

    Reserve Day: All You Need To Know!

    The World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand will go into the reserve day, International Cricket Council said, adding that a maximum of 98 overs will be played on the day.

  • 23:26 (IST)


    Southee hits Kohli on the helmet straight-up. 

    A nasty delivery that rises and hits Kohli on the helmet and runs away for a four behind the stumps.

    IND 55/2 after 28.4 overs. Lead by 23 runs.

  • 23:20 (IST)

    Southee Show!

    What a day Tim Southee is having. First some crucial runs with the bat and now two wickets late in the day.

  • 23:15 (IST)


    Southee gets a big one- LBW Rohit, who offers no shot at a ball coming into him.

    IND 51/2 after 26.5 overs. Rohit departs for 30 runs off 81 balls.

    India lead by 19 runs.

  • 23:12 (IST)

    Former Indian Player Speaks!

    Dodda Ganesh rates Sharma highly now in Test cricket.

  • 23:10 (IST)


    A rare misfield as Jamieson let’s one go. Pujara gets a boundary off Wagner on the leg side.

    IND 51/1 after 25.4 overs. Lead by 19 runs.

  • 23:04 (IST)

    NZ Keeping It Tight!

    Kyle Jamieson and Wagner are bowling tight lines and lengths, troubling the Indian batters.

    However, both Rohit and Pujara are chalking out news ways to gather runs.

    IND 47/1 after 24.3 overs. Lead by 15 runs.

  • 22:53 (IST)

    Wager Into The Attack!

    Neil Wagner has been brought into the attack. Clearly the NZ skipper is looking for breakthroughs before the end of Day’s play.

    IND 41/1 after 21.5 overs. Lead by 9 runs.

  • 22:43 (IST)


    Pujara times a full ball perfectly past Boult for a boundary.

    IND 39/1 after 19.4 overs. Lead by 7 runs.

  • 22:40 (IST)

    Steady Start!

    Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara are holding fort here against some accurate bowling.

    IND 35/1 after 19 overs. Lead by 3 runs.

  • 22:25 (IST)

    Boult To Bowl After Drinks!

    Trent Boult starts proceedings after drinks. Rohit taking strike.

    IND 32/1 after 15 overs!

  • 22:21 (IST)


    Drinks- Final Session On Day 5!

    Pujara survives Jamieson beauties.

    IND 32/1 after 15 overs.

  • 22:17 (IST)

    Scores Level!

    India have nullified NZ’s lead now as Pujara gets three.

    IND 32/1 after 14 overs.

  • 22:14 (IST)

    Impressive Southee!

    Gill’s wicket was Southee’s 600th scalp in international cricket.

  • 22:12 (IST)

    India Playing Cautiously!

    Southee concedes one in the over as India still trail NZ by four runs.

    IND 28/1 after 13 overs. 

  • 22:00 (IST)

    Wicket- Gill Falls!

    Tim Southee takes Gill’s wicket, LBW for 8 runs. Pujara comes into the middle with India still trailing by 8 runs.

    IND 24/1 after 10.4 overs.

  • 21:57 (IST)

    Solid Start!

    Solid start for India with both Gill and Rohit holding fort. 

    IND 24/0 after 10 overs as they trail NZ by eight runs.

  • 21:51 (IST)

    Two Doubles For Gill!

    Two doubles for Gill as he moves on to 8 runs.

    IND 21/0 after 9 overs.

  • 21:45 (IST)


    Rohit glides one off his pads for a cheeky four off Boult past a diving Kyle Jamieson.

    IND 15/0 after 7.4 overs.

  • 21:39 (IST)


    Rohit Sharma hits a rare wide ball from Trent Boult, who till now, was giving no freebies while bowling a tight line and length. Sharma cuts Boult square of the wicket for a splendid four.

    IND 11/0 after 6 overs.

  • 21:35 (IST)

    India Off To Steady Start!

    India off to a steady start with openers Gill and Rohit being quite watchful.

    IND 7/0 after five overs.

  • 21:27 (IST)

    Gill Off The Mark!

    Shubman Gill takes two as he hits one off the hips off Trent Boult,

    IND 6/0 after 3.1 overs.

  • 21:20 (IST)

    Boult To Bowl The 2nd!

    Trent Boult from the other end.

    IND 3/0 after the first over.

  • 21:16 (IST)

    India Off The Mark!

    India open account in the second innings with Rohit edging Southee past the slips for three runs.

    IND 3/0 after 0.2 overs.

  • 21:13 (IST)

    Final Session- Day 5!

    Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill out in the middle to start the second innings.

    Tim Southee to open the bowling for New Zealand.

  • 21:06 (IST)

    Tea- Day 5!

    Tea on Day 5!

    The game hangs in balance as Tea has been taken on Day 5. 

    NZ have a crucial 32-run lead and will be looking to make early in-roads against India in their second innings. 

  • 20:55 (IST)

    NZ All Out- Tea On Day 5!

    Innings End – Tea On Day 5!

    Jadeja castles Southee the very next ball.

    NZ all out for 249 runs, leading India by 32 runs.

    And, Tea has been taken on Day 5.

  • 20:52 (IST)


    Jadeja into the attack and is welcomed with a six by Southee.

    NZ 249/9 after 99.1 overs. NZ lead by 32 runs.

  • 20:49 (IST)

    Four + Two!

    Boult takes Shami to the cleaners with a four and a double. Shami is bowling tirelessly to get a five-wicket-haul.

    NZ 242/9 after 98 overs. Lead by 25 runs.

  • 20:45 (IST)


    Southee reviews and gets the decision overturned against Ashwin. 

    NZ 236/9 after 96.5 overs.

  • 20:44 (IST)


    R Ashwin takes a wicket in his first over of the day, gets Neil Wagner.

    NZ 234/9 after 96.2 overs.

  • 20:34 (IST)


    Tim Southee hits a huge six off Ishant over the mid-wicket boundary.

    NZ 232/8 after 95.1 overs. NZ lead by 15 runs.

  • 20:33 (IST)

    Wicket- Williamson Out For 49!

    Williamson departs to Ishant after a gutsy innings of 49 runs.

    NZ 221/8 after 94 overs.

  • 20:22 (IST)

    NZ Take Lead!

    NZ take lead through a Williamson four off Shami. He moves on to 49 now.

    NZ 220/7 after 93 overs.

  • 20:17 (IST)

    NZ Trail IND By 4 Runs!

    NZ are only 4 runs away from equalling India’s total.

    Have India been affected by Kyle Jamieson’s surprise counter-attacking stroke-making?

    NZ 213/7 after 92 overs.

  • 20:08 (IST)

    Harsha Bhogle Speaks!

    Harsha Bhogle pointed out Hardik Pandya’s influence on a match or a situation like this.


  • 20:03 (IST)

    NZ’s 200 Up!

    NZ are inching closer to India’s total of 217.

    Skipper Williamson remains key to their batting.

  • 19:58 (IST)

    NZ Trail IND By 23 Runs!

    Skipper Williamson is still in the middle but wickets are tumbling from the other end.

    NZ 194/7 after 88 overs, trailing India by 23 runs.

  • 19:53 (IST)


    Shami gets his man. Jamieson falls while trying to hit back-to-back sixes.

    NZ 192/7 after 87 overs.

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