WTC final: Devon Conway, Kyle Jamieson help New Zealand gain advantage on Day 3, trail by just 116 runs

Ishant Sharma dismissed Devon Conway in the last over before the stumps which brought a sigh of relief in the Indian camp.

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WTC final: Devon Conway, Kyle Jamieson help New Zealand gain advantage on Day 3, trail by just 116 runs
Devon Conway and Kyle Jamieson were the stars for New Zealand on Day 3 in the WTC final | Photo: BLACKCAPS


Ishant Sharma sending the run-machine Devon Conway back in the last over before the stumps brought some relief and smiles back in the Indian camp, however, Day 3 of the World Test Championship (WTC) final belonged to New Zealand as after bowling out India for just 217, the Kiwis scored 101 runs for the loss of just two wickets and now are just 116 runs away from the Indian total.

Team India had to work pretty hard to get their first wicket of the New Zealand innings as the Kiwi openers Devon Conway and Tom Latham negotiated long spells from all the three pacers, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami masterfully and kept them at bay for a long period of time.

It took 34 overs for the Indian side to get their first breakthrough when off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin got Tom Latham to play in the air towards skipper Virat Kohli at extra cover and he timed his jump to perfection.

Both Conway and Latham didn't look in any discomfort as they safely played their shots and defended when they needed to and were coasting along nicely in their innings. At 36/0 at tea, New Zealand were in firm control of the game and after tea too, the left-handed duo continued on their merry run before Ashwin got into the act.

Earlier, Kyle Jamieson was the star with the ball for the Kiwis as he took his fifth five-wicket haul in just his 8th Test match helping New Zealand to bowl out India for just 217 runs. Jamieson started the morning with the big wicket of skipper Virat Kohli and followed it up with the wicket of Rishabh Pant. 

Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane was the highest run-getter for the Indian side scoring 49 runs, as apart from Ashwin, who played a quickfire 22-run knock, none of the lower-order batsmen could offer anything much.

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