India lost their second consecutive World Test Championship final on Tuesday. A lot has been said about what went wrong, However, what most critics have missed is the handful of positives from the game.
Debutant Kyle Jamieson’s 3 for 38 on Friday rendered India in a precarious situation of 122 for 5 by Tea in the first Test of the two-match series in Wellington. However, the rain stopped the beginning of the third session and both sides were kept waiting for it to get over.
Though it stopped raining after a while, wet outfield restricted the players from coming to the ground.
Earlier, after being put into bat in rather difficult circumstances, which included overcast conditions and a fairly green track, the visitors never got the rhythm as they lost opener Prithvi Shaw (16) on a cheap score. Tim Southee was the to sqaure up the youngster on a beautiful outswinging delivery.
Before Cheteshwar Pujara, the new ‘wall’ of Indian Test team, and opener Mayank Agarwal could take India out of hot waters, Jamieson dismissed Pujara (11) – his first Test wicket.
Skipper Virat Kohli, who came in next, continued his poor run of form in the ongoing tour and was caught at first slip by Ross Taylor off the bowling of Jamieson. Kohli scored just two runs off seven deliveries and his wicket left India reeling at 40 for 3.
Rahane then joined hands with Agarwal and steadied the Indian ship. However, the latter fell to Trent Boult after a resilient 34. Hanuma Vihari disappointed as he could score only 7 before becoming the victim of Jamieson.
After this Rishabh Pant (10*) dug in his heels to give Rahane the much-needed support.
Brief Scores: 122/5 (Ajinkya Rahane 38*, Mayank Agarwal 34; Kyle Jamieson 3/38)
(With inputs from IANS)