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.
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.
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).