Rahane and Vihari keeps India in the contest at end of day 3

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Picture Courtesy: Times of India

It was another interesting day of cricket as Rahane and Vihari have kept India in the contest at the end of day 3 played at Basin Reserve, Wellington on Sunday.

It was an ideal start for India as Jasprit Bumrah dismissed BJ Watling off the very first ball with a beauty of delivery. Ishant Sharma then got wicket of Tim Southee to bring India back into the game. Kyle Jamieson and Colin de Grandhomme took the attack to Indian bowlers. Jamieson looked impressive with his stroke play and making them pay. Colin de Grandhomme also played with positive intent. Ravichandran Ashwin struck to get rid of dangerous Jamieson for run ball 44. Jamieson and de Grandhomme added 71 runs for the 8th wicket. Ashwin dismissed Colin de Grandhomme with a leg side catch by Pant. Trent Boult came to the crease and took on Indian bowlers scoring a quickfire 38 off 24 balls along with Ajaz Patel. Patel just scored 4 runs and remained not out. Boult and Patel added 38 runs for the last wicket. The umpires called it lunch.

In the second session, Prithivi Shaw was looking in decent touch before Trent Boult surprised him with a bouncer to dismiss him. On the other hand, Mayank Agarwal waited for the loose balls and punished him. The Indian openers added 27 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara did not play with positive intent while on other hand, Agarwal played according to the ball of merit. He took on Ajaz Patel with lovely strokes and reached his fifty off 75 balls. Trent Boult provided the breakthrough dismissing Pujara with a in swinger with India at 78 for 2 and umpires called tea. Pujara and Agarwal added 51 runs for the 2nd wicket.

Virat Kohli came to the crease and looked in decent touch with good strokes. Tim Southee got the wicket of innings dismissing Agarwal with a leg side catch. The umpire gave it out and Agarwal decided to review it, the decision stood it out.

Trent Boult dismissed the dangerous Virat Kohli which dented India’s chances. Ajiyanka Rahane and Hanuma Vihari looked impressive with his defensive technique but never looked to score runs. Both have added so far 31 runs for the 5th wicket and taken the score to 144 for 4 still trail by 39 runs.

India 165 in 68.1 overs ( Rahane 46, Agarwal 34, Tim Southee 4/49, Jamieson 4/39) and 144 for 4 in 65 overs ( Mayank Agarwal 58, Rahane 25*, Trent Boult 3/27) trail New Zealand 348 in 100.2 overs (Kane Williamson 89, Taylor 44, Jamieson 44, Ishant Sharma 5/68 , Ashwin 3/99) lead India 165 in 68.1 overs ( Rahane 46, Agarwal 34, Tim Southee 4/49, Jamieson 4/39) by 39 runs.

 

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