India Leads The Way In ICC World Test Championship

June 23, 2021 by

New Zealand and India battled it out following a washed-out start to the first day, India managed to take the lead with the guidance of Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli.

The powerful duo set out to lead the team to victory, starting with an unbroken partnership of 58. For three hours, the Indian captain defended his undefeated 44 with Rahane right by his side on 29. This pushed their side to 146-3 during the disrupted play.

Kane Williamson had chosen to bowl after winning the toss, which seems like the smart choice following the rather shocking weather conditions. The New Zealand team had set out for a full-blown attack on their opposition, but their attempts proved to be futile as Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma joined forces to put together an opening stand of 62.

Rohit appeared to start off strong and beat off Tim Southee for two boundaries. All of this while Gill took to finding his rhythm while scoring freely alongside Rohit. Kyle Jamieson conceded 14 in the same number of overs and gave Southee and Trent Boult the consistency needed for the flow of runs.

Pujara received a ball to the head that sent a piece of the helmet flying. Thankfully, he was unhurt by the blow to the head however, a blow to the leg shortly thereafter had him sent to the locker room. Nonetheless, Kohli embraced the pressure of the difficult two days and managed to lead his team to victory.

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