Indian superstars struggled to decipher the “big mystery” called Kyle Jamieson, while bowlers found the new cotton sensation Devon Conway as a difficult customer as New Zealand finished the third day of the World Cup final in a strong position.
Jamieson’s second shot with five wickets against India in three tests Virat Kohliall men are for 217 in cloudy conditions.
In response, New Zealand was 101 for two on stumps as Conway (54 of 152 balls) scored his third straight test in half a century before starting a one-off Ishant Sharma to Mohamed Shami before the end of the game.
Jamieson destroyed India with magnificent numbers of 22-12-31-5 with the generous help of the relentless Neil Wagner (15-5-40-2) and the insidious duo of Tim Southy (22-6-64-1) and Trent Bult (21.1-4-47-2).
Head coach Ravi Shastri will not have fun, but the sequence of dozens of Indian watts against the attack of New Zealand in the last five innings is less than 250 – 165, 191, 242, 124 and now 217.
He was 6 feet 8 inches tall, and after last year’s series in New Zealand, Jamieson became a nightmare for Indian batsmen.
After removal Rohit Sharma on Saturday morning Jamieson was relentless in length and the rebound did the rest with clever traps set for skipper Collie and dangerous pants Rishabh.
Car and his deputy Adjinkya Rahane fell into well-set traps as India failed to reach 250, a good overall score in the prevailing conditions according to current coach Vikram Ratur.
Cloudy conditions made it difficult to beat, and like Jamieson, Bult and Wagner indulged in a “who flashes first” game with the Indian beaters and came out with trump stitches, a swing and a short bowling alley.
Kohli (44, 132 balls) could not add a single break to his score overnight as his RCB teammate Jamieson made it difficult for him.
Kohli, who showed admirable patience as he left the second delivery out of the stump on the second day, was willing to dig deep, but the Black Caps resorted to a tactic that worked great against the Indian captain at home in 2020.
Bult and Jamieson continued to bowl outside the canal outside the stump, and Collie continued to leave before the unstable ship stepped slightly out of the folds and headed for the laces of the opponent’s shoes.
Kohli had planned a home delivery and the balance of his head was tilted out of the stump, leaving it tangled, and the DRS review he did was a waste of time.
Pant did not score a run for 19 balls and then received a one-stroke limit in the middle of the weekend. Two balls later, he picked up the bait when Jamieson tilted one on the imaginary fifth bud. He went on an expansive drive to be snapped in the third slip by Tom Latham.
After finishing the 61st stand with Koli, Rahane (49, 119 balls) felt that the board needed movement and started playing a few shots.
But perhaps a cornerstone is working on his mind, and although he played the wrong pull with one ball earlier, Wagner’s signature short ball prevented him from reaching the deserved fifty.
Rahane’s disappointment was evident when he fell into the trap to play the pull, although he knew that Wagner had kept a deep fine leg and a long leg for the shot.
Ravichandran Ashwin, 22, dropped his bat and received several useful runs, but it would never last long, as Southey took care of him just before the lunch break.
In the afternoon, Jamieson removed Ishant and Jasprit Bumrah turned off consecutive deliveries, but Shami prevented him from completing a hat trick.
When New Zealand were eliminated, Conway and the increasingly steadfast Tom Latham (30 of 104) added 70, blunting the sharp new ball attack by the Indians.
Shami (0/19 in 11 overs) presented a good stitch position, but without much success, while Ashwin (1/20 in 12 overs) received a significant drift and drop to eliminate Latham.