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WTC Final Day 3: Conway and Jamieson Display Impressive Techniques

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Monday, 21st June 2021

As the third day of the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand came to a close, it seemed that while the Indian batsmen had a difficult time unravelling the ways of Kyle Jamieson, the bowlers had a tough time understanding the ways of Kiwi batting superstar Devon Conway.

Both Jamieson and Conway did their bit to ensure their team gets that slight push ahead on the Indians in the match yesterday. Jamieson's bowling stalled India at 217 after picking up five wickets and opener Conway's tight technique took their side beyond the 100-mark.

Conway's 54 runs off 152 balls made this his third successive Test half-century. Jamieson displayed great form decimating the opposite side with impressive figures of 22-12-31-5 with adequate help from the crafty Neil Wagner (15-5-40-2) and the relentless duo of Tim Southee (22-6-64-1) and Trent Boult (21.1-4-47-2).

However, that does not necessarily put the Indians in a very tight spot as they still have room to manoeuvre around the current position the Kiwis are in- at 101/2 and still trailing India by 116 runs.

Jamieson's technique with no preference for a particular length along with his ability to swing and seam the ball without effort ultimately got the better of Indian captain Virat Kohli. The ball seemed to dart in sharply catching Kohli in a tangle as the young and very tall fast bowler rammed the ball into Kohli's pad.

India lost their fifth man after Rishabh Pant got lured into an expansive drive as Jamieson slanted one full across the left hander outside off-stump.

Despite being at 156/5, the Indians were not completely at their tether's end. Ajinkya Rahane looked to be in as good a shape as he has ever been in English conditions until he got trapped in a carefully set up leg-side snare by Kane Williamson and Neil Wagner. Rahane tried to go for a risky single after a short ball and India tumbled down to a score of 182 for 6.

New Zealand openers Conway and Tom Latham on the other hand, displayed amazing combination of temperament and technique. They did not slip until Mohammad Shami entered the scene with his impressive seam display. Their demeanour got challenged a little more with R Ashwin coming in until Latham got trapped into hitting at short cover where a leaping Kohli got the better of him.

Strangely enough, Captain Kohli held back Jadeja from the attacking squad, probably due to the conditions above. However, many opine that Bumrah could have been curtailed as he was not proving very effective.

 The News Talkie Bureau


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