Team India was bowled out for 170 on the reserve day of the Test after having dismissed New Zealand for 249 on Day 5. Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant (41) was the top scorer for India. Rohit Sharma (30) was the second-highest scorer, and apart from these two, no other Indian batter crossed the 20-run mark.
Tim Southee (4/48) and Trent Boult (3/39) were the picks of the bowlers for the blackcaps. The deadly duo of Kyle Jamieson (2/30) and Neil Wagner (1/44) kept on hurting India’s hope of surviving in the competition.
Earlier, resuming from 64 for 2, India’s overnight batsmen Virat Kohli (13 off 29 balls) and Cheteshwar Pujara (15 off 80 balls) were looking all set to take the numbers on board as high as they can but Kyle Jamieson shattered their hopes. The extra bounce outside the off-stump had the Indian skipper feeling for it and BJ Watling got the easiest of catches.
In reply, New Zealand has to make 139 runs in the remaining 53 overs of the day, which is obviously a piece of cake for the Kiwis. But there is still a chance for India to make a comeback. However, it seems many Indians have already given up on the match as “Congratulations New Zealand” has started trending on Twitter before the conclusion of the match. We have got some of the top tweets for you, have a look:
As long as the match is concerned, New Zealand is at 41 for the loss of one wicket at the time of writing with Williamson batting at 6 off 12 balls and Conway on 19 off 45 balls. They need 95 runs in 36.4 overs to clinch a victory and become the first-ever champion of the World Test Championship.