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WTC Final India gained a 32-fold lead; lose Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill on Day 5

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WTC Final India gained a 32-fold lead; lose Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill on Day 5

The final of the World Cup seems to be heading for a tight final, as both India and New Zealand fought hard on the fifth day of a rain-hit match here on Tuesday.

India step Mohamed Shami got dirty with the four gates, but couldn’t stop New Zealand from taking a decisive 32-series lead as the Black Caps scored 249 runs after resuming 101 for two. India, which scored 217 runs in its first innings, then finished the fifth day at 64 for two with 32 leads in its pocket.

Rohit Sharma (30) was careful until he misread more straight than Tim Southy which caught him at the door towards the end of the game of the day.

That was after Southey had already fired Schubman Gill. Eternally reliable Cheteshwar Pujara (12) and skipper Virat Kohli (8) were in the fold at the stumps.

With three full game sessions and a favorable forecast announced for the reserve day on Wednesday, the sixth day will come with the possibility of a draw as well as a result.

India took the lead in the morning session, eliminating three batsmen, but the captain of the Black Caps Kane Williamson (49) and his lower-ranking colleagues Kyle Jamieson, 21, and Tim Southy, 30, took advantage of the momentum with their smart cotton approach.

Shami, who hit a good length consistently, is scalped Ross Taylor (11), BJ Watling (1), Colin de Grand (13) and Kyle Jamieson (21).

Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin shared five weekends between them Ravindra Jadeja took one door.

New Zealand had finished the third day at 101 for two. On the fourth day, not a single ball was taken out due to bad weather.

Short results: India: 217 and 64 for 2 of 30 overs (R Sharma 30; T Southee 2/17) New Zealand 1st inning: 249, all for 99.2 overs. (Devon Conway 54, Kane Williamson 49, Tom Latham 30; Mohammed Shami 4/76, Ishant Sharma 3/48).

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