IND vs NZ, WTC final: From Ashwin, Shami to Rohit, here are the records scripted on Day 5
The ultimate Test battle in the final of the ICC World Test Championship 2019-21 between India and New Zealand at Southampton has intensified. Although India still leads, NZ is marginally ahead, as we look at the record scripted on Day 5.
India and New Zealand continue to battle for the ultimate prize in Test cricket, as things intensified on Day 5 of the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship final at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on Tuesday. Although India maintains the lead, NZ still has the upper hand, while we present the records scripted on this day.
Kane Williamson produces a couple
Despite playing a decent innings of 49, Williamson could not escape hard fate. His strike rate of 27.68 was the lowest in a Test innings, having faced 100-plus deliveries. However, on a positive note, he became the side's second-highest run-scorer in the format, scoring 7,178 runs, while the top spot is taken by Ross Taylor (7,517).
NZ scores the second most after losing sixth wicket
After losing its sixth wicket, NZ managed to score 87 more. It happened to be its second-highest against India in a Test innings, while its highest happens to be 132/4 in Wellington.
Ravichandran Ashwin scripts a special
Ashwin claimed his 281st wicket under Virat Kohli's leadership. As a result, he has become the second-most Test wicket-taker under a skipper after Dale Steyn under Graeme Smith (347).
Mohammed Shami scripts a big one
Shami finished with figures of 4/76. Consequently, it is the best 'Indian bowling figure in an ICC final, going past Mohinder Amarnath's 3/12 during the 1983 World Cup.
India is the best since 2018
Considering the pace attack, the Indians have produced the best average (22.82) since 2018, bettering South Africa's (24.02).
Rohit Sharma does a personal best in SENA
Rohit managed to score 30 in both the innings of this Test. As a result, it was the first time that he scored 30-plus in both innings in SENA countries.
Winning the toss, NZ asked India to bat, as it was shot out for 217 by Day 3, thanks to Kyle Jamieson's five-for. As for NZ, it managed a lead of 32 runs by Day 5, thanks to fine twin innings from Devon Conway (54) and Williamson (49), while seamer Mohammed Shami claimed four. Meanwhile, in the second innings, India has restored the lead by 32, with Rohit (30) being the top scorer so far, while pacer Tim Southee has struck twice.
Brief scores: India 217 & 64/2 (Rohit- 30; Southee- 2/17) leads New Zealand 249 (Conway- 54, Williamson 49; Shami- 4/76, Ishant- 3/48) by 32 runs.
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