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WTC final: Kohli, Rahane solid as bad light plays spoilsport on Day 2

WTC final: Kohli, Rahane solid as  bad light plays spoilsport on Day 2
Virat Kohli bats during the second day of the World Test Championship final cricket match, Saturday. (AP)
Southampton, Jun 19 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 6/19/2021 1:35:11 PM IST

India captain Virat Kohli led from the front and took on a rebuilding job for his team on Saturday, taking them to 146 for 3 before bad light played spoilsport on Day 2 of the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand.

Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane added 58 runs for the 4th wicket as the duo remained unbeaten at Stumps on Day 2. Kohli really stood out with his control in bowler-friendly conditions at Rose Bowl. Notably, bad light and rain forced early Stumps as only 64.4 overs were bowled as play was suspended twice after Tea before being eventually called off.

After persistent rain washed out the entire opening day on Friday, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bowl against India under overcast conditions. 

Both teams stuck to their strength with India picking both their spinners -- Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja -- and New Zealand opting for an all-seam attack.

Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill negated the moving ball by standing outside the crease to share a 62-run opening stand. Both Indian openers departed post a solid 62-run-opening stand in the morning session as Rohit Sharma fetched a wide delivery from Kyle Jamieson and edged it to 2nd slip for 34 while Shubman Gill nicked one from Neil Wagner to BJ Watling for 28.

India’s Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara took 36 balls to get off the mark and was smacked on the helmet grill by a rising delivery which sent his neck guard flying. Pujara scored eight runs before Trent Boult swung one back in to trap him lbw.

Kohli, was unbeaten on 35 at Tea, combined with his deputy Ajinkya Rahane to rebuild and steady his team after the early departures of Rohit, Gill and Pujara. Rahane did not look entirely convincing against the moving ball and was batting on 13 when fading light forced an early break for tea.

Due to continuous bad light in Southampton, only 9 overs were bowled in the final session in which Rahane hit three boundaries to stay unbeaten at 29 while Kohli remained not out at 44.

 

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