WTC final: Kyle Jamieson blows away Team India, takes another five-wicket haul

Team India lost their last 7 wickets for just 68 runs as Jamieson and Co ran through the opponents' batting line-up.

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WTC final: Kyle Jamieson blows away Team India, takes another five-wicket haul
Kyle Jamieson finished with figures of 5/31 as he helped New Zealand bowl India out for 217 in the WTC final | Photo: BLACKCAPS


Kyle Jamieson was at his absolute best in the World Test Championship (WTC) final against India as he took his fifth five-wicket haul playing his just eighth Test match as he helped New Zealand bowl out India for a score of just 217 runs in the first innings after skipper Kane Williamson chose to bowl first at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton.

Jamieson, who was the best bowler on the show for the Kiwis by miles made the ball talk and bowled some excellent lines and lengths, which troubled the Indian batsmen and kept the run-scoring in check. After stitching an unbeaten 58-run partnership, Team India captain and vice-captain Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane resumed the innings on the overnight score of 146/3.

It didn't take long for New Zealand to get amongst the wickets as Jamieson accounted for his RCB teammate, skipper Kohli, trapping him in front of the wickets.

Jamieson shortly followed that dismissal by pegging India further back accounting for Rishabh Pant. Ajinkya Rahane, after which, played a few shots and looked the most assured batsmen of all in the line-up. However, Neil Wagner's execution of a perfect set-up led to the undoing of the vice-captain, who fell just one short of a deserving half-century.

Ravichandran Ashwin came in at No 8 and after seeing off Wagner's hostile spell, he started playing his shots. There was a cheeky-edged boundary over the slips but he followed that up with a couple of backfoot punches off Tim Southee, one straight down the ground and one through the covers. However, it was one shot too many for the veteran offie as he edged one and Tom Latham took his third catch of the day.

India were 211/7 at Lunch and it was a matter of time before the innings got over pretty quickly. They could add just six more runs in their total as Jamieson got the wickets of Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah on consecutive deliveries and Mohammad Shami hit a sumptuous cover drive on the hattrick ball.

However, Trent Boult took the onus on him to finish the innings as he dismissed Ravindra Jadeja getting him caught behind down the leg side as India were bowled out for 217.

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