India vs New Zealand, ICC World Test Championship final: A look at the records scripted on Day 3
India and New Zealand are battling it out in the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship final at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. Day 3 has gone mainly in favour of the Kiwis. Nevertheless, we take a look at some of the records that it produced today.
The ICC World Test Championship 2019-21 final seems to be evenly poised as India and New Zealand are engaged in a stiff battle at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. Meanwhile, Sunday saw Day 3 of the game being played with all intensity that largely favoured the Kiwis. Notwithstanding, we take a look at the records scripted on this day.
Ross Taylor plays it safe with his hands
Taylor happens to be one of the reliable batsmen, as well as fielders on the field. He claimed a catch to get rid of Ishant Sharma while it was his 157th catch in the format. He entered top-ten among fielders in the same, thus levelling himself with Mark Taylor.
Kyle Jamieson rocks it with the ball
Jamieson claimed a five-wicket haul. Consequently, he has now claimed the most wickets for New Zealand in the opening eight Tests (44), going past Jack Cowie (41). Also, he has claimed the most fifers than any other bowler since his debut. He also possesses the best strike rate (36) and average (14.1) during this period, having played at least ten innings. He has also claimed the most five-fors in the WTC (5), going past Ravichandran Ashwin, Nathan Lyon and Axar Patel.
A first in a long time
Both the openers from the sides have survived the opening 20 overs in the Test. Consequently, it is the first time since 2013 that a Test in England has seen so in the same game. Also, it was NZ openers' successive 50-plus opening stand in three Test innings. Furthermore, it was only the second time in history that they had done so.
Kane Williamson falls prey to Ravichandran Ashwin yet again
Ashwin got rid of Williamson for the fifth time in Test cricket. As a result, Ashwin is the Indian to dismiss him on most occasions, while Williamson has fallen to him on second-most occasions after James Anderson (7).
Devon Conway scripts a special
Conway played a commendable innings of 54 while it was his third Test half-century. Meanwhile, he became only the second Kiwi in the format to score 50-plus in the first three Test innings after Dean Brownlie.
Ishant Sharma grabs 200th
In a remarkable feat, Conway's dismissal happened to be Ishant's 200th in the format, away from home. He became the fourth Indian to do so after Anil Kumble, Kapil Dev and Zaheer Khan.
Winning the toss, Williamson had chosen to bowl first, as India could manage 217 on Day 3, with Ravindra Jadeja being the top scorer (49), while Jamieson claimed a fifer. As for NZ, it is off to a decent start, with opener Conway scoring 54 while it trails by 116 runs at stumps on Day 3.
Brief scores: India 211/7 (Rahane- 49; Jamieson- 5/31) leads New Zealand 101/2 (Conway- 54; Ishant- 1/19) by 116 runs.
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