Latest News Today – India vs New Zealand: New Zealand Defy Size With Sheer





New Zealand enjoyed the greatest triumph in their cricket history as they beat India by eight wickets in the inaugural World Test Championship final at Southampton on Wednesday. Two years after their agonising Super Over loss to England in the 50-over World Cup final at Lord’s, the Blackcaps claimed their first major global title. Set a modest target of 139 in 53 overs, New Zealand finished on 140-2 with time to spare in a match extended into a reserve sixth day following two days lost to rain.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin reduced New Zealand to 44-2 by removing openers Tom Latham and Devon Conway to the delight of India fans.

But New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, the team’s most-experienced batsmen, settled any lingering nerves in an unbroken stand of 96.

Williamson, who won plaudits for the sporting way he dealt with defeat in the 2019 World Cup final, was 52 not out. It was only the second fifty of the match after New Zealand opener Devon Conway’s first-innings effort and followed Williamson’s first-innings 49.

Taylor, who hit the winning boundary, was unbeaten on 47.

India’s last hope of turning the tide evaporated when, with New Zealand 55 runs shy of victory at 84-2, Cheteshwar Pujara dropped a regulation slip catch off the luckless Jasprit Bumrah to reprieve Taylor on 26.

Taylor ended the match when he whipped Mohammed Shami off his pads for four.

“Great heart”

“It’s a very special feeling,” said Williamson at the presentation ceremony as he paid tribute to a “formidable” India side.

“It was just great the heart that our team showed to get across the line in what was a brilliant Test.

“We know we don’t always have the stars — we rely on a few other bits and pieces to try and stay in games and be competitive and I think we saw that in this match.”

In a match in which bowlers held sway, New Zealand’s all-pace attack did most damage Wednesday by dismissing India for just 170 in their second innings as blue skies provided the best batting conditions of the game.

Tim Southee took 4-48 in 19 overs, with longtime new-ball partner Trent Boult striking twice in an over during his 3-39.

The towering Kyle Jamieson, named player of the match, followed his first-innings 5-31 by snaring India captain Virat Kohli again during a miserly 2-30 in 24 overs.

“We did really well with the ball in the first innings to pull things back nicely but this morning was the difference, where the Kiwi bowlers really executed their plans to perfection,” said Kohli, whose side face England in a five-Test series starting in August.

New Zealand would have confronted an even smaller target had Rishabh Pant not been dropped on five during his innings of 41.

Few cricket lovers would begrudge New Zealand, a country with a population of around five million compared with cricket powerhouse’s India’s 1.3 billion, their success.

They entered a final worth $1.6 million to the winners, hardened by a recent 1-0 series win in England, while India were playing their first Test since March.

The reserve day, the first time a Test has gone into a sixth day since the 2005 Super Series in Australia, was deployed in the hope a two-year effort to crown red-ball cricket’s first official world champions would end with an outright winner.

India resumed on 64-2, with key batsman Kohli adding just five runs to his overnight eight when he again fell to Royal Challengers Bangalore team-mate Jamieson, edging to BJ Watling in the wicketkeeper’s final match before retirement.

India’s 71-3 became 72-4 when Pujara edged Jamieson low to a diving Taylor at first slip.

In came Pant, whose batting heroics helped India achieve a remarkable come-from-behind series win in Australia earlier this year.

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But the wicketkeeper should have been out soon afterwards when he edged Jamieson, only for Southee to drop a routine slip chance.

Pant eventually fell when his skied edge off left-armer Boult was brilliantly caught by Henry Nicholls, running back from point.

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Latest News Today – India vs New Zealand WTC Final Live Score, Reserve Day:


India vs New Zealand live score, Day 6: Kyle Jamieson takes a wicket for his side on Wednesday.© AFP




Currently four wickets down in their second innings, India are increasing their lead on the Reserve Day (Day 6) of their ongoing World Test Championship (WTC) Final fixture against New Zealand, at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Wednesday. Rishabh Pant and Ajinkya Rahane are currently batting for India, and will be trying to build some momentum. On the other hand, New Zealand have put in a bright start, with Kyle Jamieson taking two wickets. The pacer has accounted for the dismissals of Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara. India will be hoping to absorb the pressure applied by opposition bowlers, and build some stability. (LIVE SCORECARD)

WTC Final Live Updates Of India vs New Zealand, Day 6 From The Ageas Bowl, Southampton

  • 16:01 (IST)

    FOURR!!!

    A full delivery by Southee, from outside off. Pant goes forward and drives it through mid-on for a four!

  • 15:59 (IST)

    No run

    A good delivery by Southee, and Pant thick edges it towards gully. No run.

  • 15:53 (IST)

    One run

    Southee sends a good delivery, and Rahane pulls it wide of midwicket for a single.

  • 15:50 (IST)

    No run, IND: 82/4 | LEAD BY 50 RUNS

    OH MY! OH MY! OH MY!

    A good delivery by Jamieson, and Pant gets dropped at second slip by Southee!

    Southee dived to his right in front of first slip and drops it.

  • 15:47 (IST)

    Two runs

    EDGED!!!!!!

    A good delivery by Jamieson, and he is really testing Team India today!

    Rahane gets a thick outside edge between third slip and gully for a double!

  • 15:46 (IST)

    Two runs

    A swinging delivery by Jamieson. He using the angle of the crease, Rahane guides it into the extra cover region for a double.

  • 15:43 (IST)

    FOURRR!!

    A poor delivery by Southee, and Pant gets a thick edge. The ball is directed through the gap at gully for a four!

  • 15:39 (IST)

    OUT!! Cheteshwar Pujara c Ross Taylor b Kyle Jamieson 15 (80)

    A length delivery by Jamieson, outside off. Pujara misjudges it, and hangs his bat out. It takes the edge and goes to Taylor at first slip for a catch.

    In walks, Rishabh Pant.

  • 15:28 (IST)

    OUT!!! Virat Kohli c BJ Watling b Kyle Jamieson 13 (29)

    WHAT A DELIVERY!

    Jamieson gets it to lift off the deck, and Kohli hits it away from his body but is too late with his timing. It goes to Watling for a catch. OUT!

    In walks, Ajinkya Rahane.

  • 15:22 (IST)

    No run

    A full delivery by Southee and it straight on middle. Pujara defends it with ease.

  • 15:19 (IST)

    No run

    A beauty of a delivery by Jamieson!!!!

    Kohli midjudges the line and also the length. Its a good length delivery, and Kohli almost nicks it!

  • 15:16 (IST)

    One run

    Jamieson delivers it into the legs of Pujara, and he hits it to long leg for a single.

  • 15:12 (IST)

    Two runs

    A full delivery by Southee and Kohli guides it into the gap between gully and point. Two runs. Pujara stops Kohli from taking a third! But Kohli is fine with it, he looks settled! Also, Pujara is not a fast runner!

  • 15:10 (IST)

    No run

    A short delivery by Southee, from outside off. Kohli leaves it.

  • 15:08 (IST)

    No run

    A shorter delivery by Jamieson, and Pujara pats it into the leg side. No run.

  • 15:06 (IST)

    One run, IND: 68/2 | LEAD BY 36 RUNS

    A leg stump half-volley by Southee, and Pujara toe-ends it wide of midwicket. One run.

    India lead by 36 runs!

  • 15:03 (IST)

    Three runs

    An attractive half-volley by Southee, at the stumps. Kohli glances it away through midwicket for three and opens the account on Day 6.

  • 15:02 (IST)

    No run

    A full delivery by Southee on the stumps. Kohli judges the line pretty well, and defends it back to the bowler.

  • 15:01 (IST)

    Tim Southee to bowl for New Zealand!

    Tim Southee will resume for New Zealand. Can he give his side a good start?

  • 15:00 (IST)

    The players are walking into the field!

    New Zealand and India walk into resume play on the Reserve Day. Virat and Cheteshwar Pujara will resume batting for India, who are leading by 32 runs!

  • 14:51 (IST)

    What is the weather report for today?

    Currently, the weather seems to be sunny in Southampton, with the teams currently warming up. Also according to Accuweather, there is very less chances of rain!

  • 14:38 (IST)

    Change in ICC Test Batting Rankings!

    There has been a change in top 10 of the ICC Men’s Batting Rankings, with Quinton de Kock entering the fold in 10th position. Steve Smith still leads the pack, followed by Kane Williamson, Marnus Labuschagne and Virat Kohli.

  • 14:22 (IST)

    Hello and Welcome!

    Hello and Welcome to sixth and the final day of WTC final, its a sunny day at Southampton and we are expected to have a full day of play on the reserve day. A total of 98 overs will be played on the reserve day and if we fail to get the winner then the trophy will be shared between the two teams.

    India lost both the openers Shubman Gill (8) and Rohit Sharma (30) in the last session of Day 5.

    Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara are on the crease and they will look to take maximum advantage in the first session.

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Latest News Today – India vs New Zealand WTC Final Live Score, Day 5: Rohit


India vs New Zealand Live Score: India conceded a 32-run lead in the first innings.© Twiter/BCCI




Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill gave India a steady start in the second innings in session three on Day 5. Earlier, India struck regularly with the second new ball but New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson played a gutsy knock of 49 runs to help his side take a crucial 32-run lead in the first innings. Mohammed Shami claimed four wickets while Ishant Sharma took two wickets on Day 5 to dismiss New Zealand for 249 runs. The ill-fated inaugural World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand resumed at Southampton on Tuesday after an hour’s delay following the latest rain interruption to blight the showpiece match. 91 overs are scheduled to be bowled in three sessions of play today, BCCI confirmed. After rain meant the whole of Monday’s play was washed without a ball bowled — the second time in the match this had had happened after Friday’s opening day went the same way — there were hopes the match would resume as scheduled at 10:30 am local time (0930 GMT). But instead players and supporters at south coast county Hampshire’s headquarters had to wait until 11:30 am (1030 GMT) instead. (LIVE SCORECARD)

WTC Final Live Updates Of India vs New Zealand, Day 5 From The Ageas Bowl, Southampton

  • 21:39 (IST)

    Four!

    Rohit Sharma hits a rare wide ball from Trent Boult, who till now, was giving no freebies while bowling a tight line and length. Sharma cuts Boult square of the wicket for a splendid four.

    IND 11/0 after 6 overs.

  • 21:35 (IST)

    India Off To Steady Start!

    India off to a steady start with openers Gill and Rohit being quite watchful.

    IND 7/0 after five overs.

  • 21:27 (IST)

    Gill Off The Mark!

    Shubman Gill takes two as he hits one off the hips off Trent Boult,

    IND 6/0 after 3.1 overs.

  • 21:20 (IST)

    Boult To Bowl The 2nd!

    Trent Boult from the other end.

    IND 3/0 after the first over.

  • 21:16 (IST)

    India Off The Mark!

    India open account in the second innings with Rohit edging Southee past the slips for three runs.

    IND 3/0 after 0.2 overs.

  • 21:13 (IST)

    Final Session- Day 5!

    Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill out in the middle to start the second innings.

    Tim Southee to open the bowling for New Zealand.

  • 21:06 (IST)

    Tea- Day 5!

    Tea on Day 5!

    The game hangs in balance as Tea has been taken on Day 5. 

    NZ have a crucial 32-run lead and will be looking to make early in-roads against India in their second innings. 

  • 20:55 (IST)

    NZ All Out- Tea On Day 5!

    Innings End – Tea On Day 5!

    Jadeja castles Southee the very next ball.

    NZ all out for 249 runs, leading India by 32 runs.

    And, Tea has been taken on Day 5.

  • 20:52 (IST)

    Six!

    Jadeja into the attack and is welcomed with a six by Southee.

    NZ 249/9 after 99.1 overs. NZ lead by 32 runs.

  • 20:49 (IST)

    Four + Two!

    Boult takes Shami to the cleaners with a four and a double. Shami is bowling tirelessly to get a five-wicket-haul.

    NZ 242/9 after 98 overs. Lead by 25 runs.

  • 20:45 (IST)

    Review!

    Southee reviews and gets the decision overturned against Ashwin. 

    NZ 236/9 after 96.5 overs.

  • 20:44 (IST)

    Wicket!

    R Ashwin takes a wicket in his first over of the day, gets Neil Wagner.

    NZ 234/9 after 96.2 overs.

  • 20:34 (IST)

    Six!

    Tim Southee hits a huge six off Ishant over the mid-wicket boundary.

    NZ 232/8 after 95.1 overs. NZ lead by 15 runs.

  • 20:33 (IST)

    Wicket- Williamson Out For 49!

    Williamson departs to Ishant after a gutsy innings of 49 runs.

    NZ 221/8 after 94 overs.

  • 20:22 (IST)

    NZ Take Lead!

    NZ take lead through a Williamson four off Shami. He moves on to 49 now.

    NZ 220/7 after 93 overs.

  • 20:17 (IST)

    NZ Trail IND By 4 Runs!

    NZ are only 4 runs away from equalling India’s total.

    Have India been affected by Kyle Jamieson’s surprise counter-attacking stroke-making?

    NZ 213/7 after 92 overs.

  • 20:08 (IST)

    Harsha Bhogle Speaks!

    Harsha Bhogle pointed out Hardik Pandya’s influence on a match or a situation like this.

    Interesting!

  • 20:03 (IST)

    NZ’s 200 Up!

    NZ are inching closer to India’s total of 217.

    Skipper Williamson remains key to their batting.

  • 19:58 (IST)

    NZ Trail IND By 23 Runs!

    Skipper Williamson is still in the middle but wickets are tumbling from the other end.

    NZ 194/7 after 88 overs, trailing India by 23 runs.

  • 19:53 (IST)

    Wicket!

    Shami gets his man. Jamieson falls while trying to hit back-to-back sixes.

    NZ 192/7 after 87 overs.

  • 19:53 (IST)

    Six!

    Jamieson hits the first six of the innings, straight over Shami’s head for a huge hit.

    NZ 192/6 after 86.5 overs.

  • 19:52 (IST)

    Four!

    Williamson has played more than 150 balls and is going strong.

  • 19:42 (IST)

    Ross Taylor- Legend!

    Ross Taylor is creating all sorts of milestones here’s. What a remarkable career he is having and going strong.

  • 19:40 (IST)

    Kane Saved- Drinks Taken!

    India denied as Umpires Call saves Williamson.

    NZ have hope again. 179/6 in 85 overs. Drinks Taken.

  • 19:38 (IST)

    DRS Taken!

    A review has been taken on a LBW call against Williamson off the bowling of Shami.

    Williamson is showcasing discomfort with his right elbow, which was in question in the England series.

  • 19:37 (IST)

    Jamieson Show!

    Kyle Jamieson is showing positive intent right-away, going after every ball regardless of the bowler. 

    He has moved on to 13 runs in 10 balls as NZ move on to 179/6 in 84.4 overs.

  • 19:29 (IST)

    Shami On Fire!

    Inspirational bowling from Mohammed Shami to take his third wicket.

  • 19:26 (IST)

    Wcket- Shami Again!

    Shami takes the wicket of clueless Colin de Grandhomme lbw to put India on top.

    NZ 162/6 after 82.1 overs. 

  • 19:17 (IST)

    Two Fours!

    NZ batsman scored two boundaries off the new cherry to get going.

    NZ 161/5 after 81 overs.

  • 19:14 (IST)

    New Ball Taken!

    India have taken the new ball as Shami gears up to bowl to C de Grandhomme.

    NZ 152/5 after 80 overs.

  • 19:07 (IST)

    NZ’s 150 Up!

    NZ are trying to rebuild after fall of wickets before Lunch.

  • 19:03 (IST)

    Williamson A Threat!

    With de Grandhomme grabbing attention, major threat is on the other end in the form of Williamson.

    NZ 149/5 after 77 overs.

  • 18:59 (IST)

    C de Grandhomme vs Jadeja!

    It is really about time that Colin de Grandhomme takes on Jadeja. Exciting match-up this.

    NZ 147/5 after 76 overs.

  • 18:56 (IST)

    Crowd Having Fun!

    Crowd having some fun and making most of the cricket happening after washouts.

  • 18:54 (IST)

    Colin de Grandhomme Is Going For It!

    Colin de Grandhomme is taking on Bumrah here. Pull one over the mid-on fielder for two runs.

    Aggressive intent from the batting team. NZ 146/5 AFTER 74.1 OVERS.

  • 18:49 (IST)

    Jadeja Is In!

    Surprise, surprise!

    Virat Kohli brings in Ravindra Jadeja from the other end.

    NZ 139/5 after 73 overs.

  • 18:46 (IST)

    Four!

    Colin de Grandhomme hits a full Bumrah delivery for a four first-up.

    Positive start for the batting team.

    NZ 139/5 after 72.1 overs.

  • 18:43 (IST)

    Session 2, Day 5!

    Players back on the field

    Session 2 on Day 5 about to start.

    India will be wanting to take more wickets and get into the tail-end of the New Zealand batting. 

    Bumrah to start proceedings against Colin de Grandhomme.

    Game On!

  • 18:18 (IST)

    DK’s Interesting Analogy!

    Here’s DK’s take on the Indian and New Zealand skippers. 

  • 18:17 (IST)

    Lunch!

    Amazing spell of fast bowling.

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Latest News Today – India vs New Zealand WTC Final, Day 4, Live Score: 1st


India vs New Zealand Live Score: The first session on Day 4 was washed out due to rain.© Twitter/ICC




As per the latest updates, rain continued to play spoilsport after the opening session of Day four was washed out due to rain. After weather-related interruptions on the first three days of play in the World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand, the rain Gods didn’t seem to be kind on Day 4 as well. On Day 3, New Zealand were excellent with both bat and ball, bowling out India for 217 runs before a 70-run opening stand between Devon Conway and Tom Latham put India on the backfoot. However, in the last session, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ishant Sharma got the Indian team back into the game with the wickets of both openers. Captain Kane Williamson is at the crease along with the most senior batsman of the side in Ross Taylor. New Zealand were 101/2 at stumps on Day 3. While the advantage of two wickets in the final session lay with India, everything depends on how both the teams go in the first session on Day 4. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will look to exploit the rough patches on the pitch while New Zealand will be hoping to go past the Indian score and take a big first-innings lead. (LIVE SCORECARD)

WTC Final Live Updates Of India vs New Zealand, Day 4 From The Ageas Bowl, Southampton

  • 18:10 (IST)

    Moments Of The WTC Final!

    Although only limited cricket has taken place till now, but what a show it has been. Here’s looking at the top moments from this match.

  • 17:54 (IST)

    Middle-Session!

    According to bcci.tv, the second session on Day 4 is officially underway, but there’s still no hint of play as of yet.

    Waiting game continues…

  • 17:21 (IST)

    No Ball Bowled On Day 4 Yet!

    ICC updated that Lunch was taken on Day 4 as rain forced players and umpires to stay indoors.

  • 17:15 (IST)

    Lunch Taken- Day 4!

    According bcci.tv, Lunch has been taken on Day 4 in the WTC Final without a ball being bowled at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

    Let’s hope for some action in the second session today.

  • 16:35 (IST)

    Still Raining!

    Rain not letting go on Day 4.

  • 16:31 (IST)

    Rain Rain Go Away!

    That reaction is all of us right now.

  • 16:03 (IST)

    Test Cricket!

    Heres’ what the WTC finalists think about the longest format of the game. Watch!

  • 15:39 (IST)

    Jamieson On Kohli’s Wicket!

    In the post-day virtual press conference, Kyle Jamieson spoke on the importance of Virat Kohli’s wicket for his team. Here’s what he had to say:

    “I think he is (Kohli) world class batter and those guys don’t tend to have too many chinks in their armoury. He is obviously a massive part of their line-up and to get him early certainly set things up nicely for us.”

  • 15:30 (IST)

    Jamieson Speaks!

    Here’s what the man-of-the-moment had to say on NZ’s plans for Day 4.

  • 15:22 (IST)

    DK- Our Weather Man!

    Cricketer turned analyst for the time being, DK seems to be enjoying life away from the 22 yards.

  • 15:10 (IST)

    Jaffer At His Hilarious Best!

    Jaffer on social media is a different beast altogether. A meme-king in millennials’ language but with a 80’s touch.

  • 15:08 (IST)

    ICC’s Official Update!

    The pictures are disheartening on Day 4.

  • 15:03 (IST)

    Its Raining- Start Of Play Delayed!

    BCCI have confirmed that it’s drizzling and the start of Day 4 has been delayed.

  • 14:55 (IST)

    Quick Recap- Day 3!

    Ian Bishop and Kumar Sangakkara looking back at Day 3 and what holds in store for both teams.

  • 14:42 (IST)

    Not Looking Nice!

    Players are seen chilling as pitch is still under the covers.

  • 14:27 (IST)

    Covers are on in Southampton!

    The BCCI have tweeted a picture in which the Southampton pitch can be seen under covers.

  • 14:20 (IST)

    Hello and Welcome!

    Hello and welcome to Day 4 of the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand. Not a good news for cricket fans around the globe as it’s drizzling in Southampton and we are expected to have a delayed start.

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Latest News Today – WTC Final: Virat Kohli Shows Off His Dance Moves As Fans


Virat Kohli appeared to be in a jolly mood in early on in New Zealand’s first innings.© AFP




Virat Kohli enjoyed himself on the field as he grooved to some old-school Bhangra on Day 3 of the World Test Championship final against New Zealand at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton. Shortly after New Zealand came out to bat in the second session of the day, Kohli, who was fielding in the slips during the ninth over of the innings was seen dancing to the sound of dhols being played by the fans at the stadium. Kohli, who is known for his crowd-pleasing antics when on the field, tried to get the fans behind the team as India attempt to win the first-ever WTC final.

Kohli was one of India’s top scorers in their first innings even as India were bowled out for 217, courtesy of a menacing spell of 5 for 31 by Kyle Jamieson.

Kohli made 44 while his deputy Ajinkya Rahane top-scored for India with 49 runs as India could add only 71 runs to their overnight total of 146 for 3.

His antics aside, Kohli’s tactics in the field finally bore fruit for India in the third session when Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed New Zealand opener Tom Latham for 30 to give India their first wicket after an opening stand of 70 runs.

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The World Test Championship final was scheduled to be played from June 18 to 22 with June 23 as a reserve day.

The first day was washed out due to rain and New Zealand chose to field after winning the toss on Day 2.

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Latest News Today – India vs New Zealand, WTC Final Live Score, Day 3: India


India vs New Zealand Live Score: Ravindra Jadeja was at the crease when Lunch was taken on Day 3.© AFP




Pacers Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner and Tim Southee jolted India with four wickets in the morning session as New Zealand found themselves on top when Lunch was taken on Day 3. Play was delayed at the start of the third Day due to a wet outfield in the World Test Championship (WTC) Final. Ravindra Jadeja and Ishant Sharma were at the crease after the fall of skipper Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin with India reaching 211 runs for seven wickets. After the opening day was washed out at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Friday, bad light led to the umpires finishing Day 2 early than its scheduled time. Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill made noteworthy contributions of 34 and 28 runs respectively. Meanwhile, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson and Neil Wagner took a wicket each for New Zealand on Day 2. (LIVE SCORECARD)

WTC Final Live Cricket Score And Updates Of India vs New Zealand, From The Ageas Bowl, Southampton

  • 17:46 (IST)

    Lunch- Day 3

    Lunch taken on Day 3

    India go to the Lunch break at 211/7 with Jadeja and Ishant at the crease. They suffered badly as they lost 4 wickets in the morning session for just 65 runs.

    Kohli was the first to for without adding anything to his overnight score of 44. Rishabh Pant soon followed him after losing his wicket while attempting to go after a wide-off-side ball.

  • 17:33 (IST)

    Jadeja Digging Deep!

    Jadeja focussing hard as he continues to dig deep against the NZ pacers.

    Ind 211/7 after 88.5 overs.

  • 17:26 (IST)

    Dropped Catch!

    A rarity as Tim Southee drops Jadeja in the slips off Trent Boult.

    India 206/7 after 87 overs.

  • 17:25 (IST)

    Southee On Target!

    Tim Southee giving no freebies.

  • 17:23 (IST)

    Wicket- Ashwin Falls!

    Ashwin falls for 22 to Tim Southee as India lose their seventh wicket.

    Ishant Sharma joins Jadeja.
  • 17:11 (IST)

    Crucial Phase!

    Indian all-rounders are accumulating crucial runs here.

  • 17:10 (IST)

    Four!

    Ashwin survives as he gets a lucky four off an edge towards the third-man region.

    India 195/6 after 84.5 overs.

  • 17:08 (IST)

    A Ripper!

    Southee seems to be swinging the ball late and is extracting movement off the pitch.

    Bowls a ripper to Ashwin, who is clearly beaten. Ind 191/6 after 83.3 overs.

  • 17:05 (IST)

    Four!

    Ashwin dismisses Boult’s last ball of the over off the pads towards the leg-side boundary.

    Ind 190/6 after 83 overs.

  • 17:02 (IST)

    Ashwin Opens Account!

    Ashwin on the charge as he gathers two doubles in back-to-back Trent Boult balls.

    Ind 186/6 in 82.4 overs.

  • 16:57 (IST)

    Wagner On Fire!

    Wagner enjoyed taking Rahane’s wicket.

  • 16:52 (IST)

    New Ball Available!

    Ind are at 182/6 after 80 overs as second new ball is available. 

    Southee and Wagner are troubling the Indian all-rounders as they are bombarding them with inch-perfect body line short stuff.

  • 16:44 (IST)

    Wicket- Rahane Goes

    Another blow to the Indians as Rahane is dismissed for 49 runs

    Wagner uses the short ball to good effect as he induces a loose shot.

    Ind 182/6 in 78.4 overs.

  • 16:42 (IST)

    Jaffer At His Best!

    Wasim Jaffer at his hilarious best.

  • 16:38 (IST)

    Rahane Hits Four!

    After drinks, Rahane seems to have changed a gear as he displayed an attacking style.

    On 46 runs and edging closer to his fifty. Ind 175/5 after 77.1 overs

  • 16:32 (IST)

    Rahane Hanging On!

    Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane is showing thorough application against the testing NZ pace attack.

    Wagner is keeping things tight with occasional loss deliveries on the pads. 

    Ind 171/5 after 77 overs.

  • 16:27 (IST)

    Jameson On Fire!

    Looks like there is no stopping  Jamieson as he gets two big breakthroughs.

  • 16:16 (IST)

    Wicket- Pant Goes!

    Jamieson gets Pant here. The wicket-keeper batsman trying to smash one towards the cover boundary. 

    Latham takes a brilliant catch in the slips. India 156/5 after 73.4 overs.

  • 16:13 (IST)

    Four!

    Pant hits his first boundary to get off the mark.

    A flick in the mid-wicket region with a big stride forward.

  • 16:11 (IST)

    Maiden!

    Wagner also starts with a tight line and length.

    New Zealand pacers giving no room to the Indian batsmen. Ind still at 150 for the loss of 4 wickets.

  • 16:07 (IST)

    Wagner Into The Attack!

    Another maiden from Jamieson as Rahane also seems to be surviving against the seaming deliveries. 

    Wagner brought into the attack by Williamson. Ind 150/4 after 72 overs.

  • 16:03 (IST)

    Nervy Start!

    A nervy start for Rishabh Pant as he seems to be struggling against the movement.

    With NZ having an all-pace attack, it will be interesting to see what strategy Pant adopts here.

    Ind 150/4 after 71 overs.

  • 15:58 (IST)

    Pant Not Out!

    Pant survives a scare as DRS resulted in an Umpire’s Call, which was not out.

    Ind hanging on at 149/4 at the end of 70 overs.

  • 15:57 (IST)

    Review Against Pant!

    Another review as Jamieson gets Pant stuck at the crease on a full delivery.

    Umpire’s decision was not out.

  • 15:55 (IST)

    Beauty Of A Ball!

    What a huge wicket. Jamieson on target at the start of Day 3.

  • 15:48 (IST)

    Kohli Goes- Wicket!

    Kohli departs without adding to his overnight score off 44.

    Ind 149/4 after 67. 3 overs.

  • 15:45 (IST)

    Kohli Reviews After Given Out!

    Kohli has reviewed after being given out by the Umpires. 

    Huge moment in the match. Jamieson on target here.

  • 15:35 (IST)

    Stable Start!

    A stable start from both sides. Boult and Jamieson keeping a tight line outside the off-stump while Kohli and Rahane feel the ball early on.

  • 15:30 (IST)

    Day 3 Begins!

    Players and umpires made way to the centre as play resumes after getting delayed early on.

    Virat to take strike against Trent Boult.

  • 15:22 (IST)

    A Decade Of Kohli!

    Virat Kohli made his Test debut on this exact day- June 20, 2011 at Sabina Park against West Indies.

    He registered scores of 4 and 15. 

    10 years later, he is leading India in the maiden WTC Final.

    What a story!

  • 15:20 (IST)

    DK Turns Weather Man!

    DK’s latest video is happy news for cricket lovers. 

  • 15:10 (IST)

    Session Timings!

    Session timings for today’s play. Long day in store for the cricket fans.

  • 15:08 (IST)

    What Can We Expect!

    Day 3 can prove to be huge in this WTC Final. Commentators and analysts give their views ahead of play.

  • 15:04 (IST)

    Play Set To Start!

    BCCI have released an update that play will be starting soon at The Ageas Bowl.

  • 14:55 (IST)

    Recap Of Day 2!

    A quick look at what transpired on Day 2 of the WTC Final.

  • 14:53 (IST)

    Covers Off!

    Covers are off and umpires will take a call after looking at the ground situation.

  • 14:41 (IST)

    Play Delayed Due To Wet Outfield!

    Looks like a delayed start on Day 3.

  • 14:34 (IST)

    Covers Being Removed!

    Some good news as covers have been removed after morning rain. 

  • 14:32 (IST)

    Quick Recap- Day 2!

    After a washed out opening day, play began on time on Day 2

    • Kane Williamson won the toss and decided to have a crack at the Indian openers. 
    • Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill shared a brilliant 62-run opening partnership before the BlackCaps pacers removed both in quick succession. 
    • Soon after Lunch, India lost Cheteshwar Pujara. However, skipper Virat Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane added more than 50 runs for the unbeaten fourth wicket as India took early Tea due to bad lights. 
    • Players, umpires and fans were left frustrated when bad light hindered play repeatedly and forced early stumps.

    Brief Scores:

    Ind: 146/3 in 64.4 Overs (Kohli 44*, Rahane 29*)

    NZ: Jamieson 1/14, Neil Wagner 1/28

  • 14:21 (IST)

    Covers On!

    Covers were on 45-minutes back at The Ageas Bowl ahead of Day 3 of the WTC Final.

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Latest News Today – India vs New Zealand: Michael Vaughan Shredded Over





Rain played spoilsport on Day 1 of the much-anticipated final of the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand in Southampton. As play was washed out on Day 1, social media was abuzz with memes and jokes about the title clash. Former England captain Michael Vaughan was one of those to join in on the jokes as he took a swipe at the Indian team. “I see India have been saved by the weather,” Vaughan teased on Twitter.

Vaughan immediately faced the ire of Indian supporters. But first, here is what Wasim Jaffer responded with.

“I see ur prediction saved by weather,” shot back one user on Vaughan’s tweet.

“Just like England got WC by boundaries,” wrote another.

“Joke of the century …..keep it up man,” quipped another user.

There were several other tweets and memes that followed in response to Vaughan’s tweet.

The toss was delayed due to the rain, and it was announced that there would be no play in the first session in Southampton.

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Eventually, the umpires called off play on Day 1 without any play — or even the toss — taking place.

Team India have gone into the WTC final with just a few practice sessions and an intra-squad match under their belt while New Zealand are fresh from a Test series win over hosts England.

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Latest News Today – WTC Final: Behind-The-Scenes Pics From Virat Kohli, Kane


Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson will face off in the WTC final starting on Friday.© Twitter




Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson have developed a close friendship over the last few years, as the India captain confirmed in his press conference ahead of the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand. However, he was quick to point out that all friendships are left outside the pitch and it is purely professional for both teams when they step out to contest for the WTC crown. However, the camaraderie was on display on the eve of the final as the two captains had their customary photo-shoot before the match.

New Zealand Cricket took to Twitter to share some behind-the-scenes pictures of the two captains.

“Photo time for the skippers means it’s nearly time to play,” they captioned the post on Twitter.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) also shared a picture of Kohli and Williamson.

The two teams are set to face off after two years of gruelling competition. India and New Zealand both faced snags in their journey to the summit clash, but finished above the rest of the competition.

New Zealand, in fact, are the only team to have won a series against India during the WTC cycle.

India, earlier on Thursday, announced their playing XI for the match.

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India have opted to field both Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja to complement their three-man pace attack.

Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami have been picked among the quicks, with Mohammed Siraj and Umesh Yadav missing out.

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Latest News Today – England Suspend Ollie Robinson From International





Ollie Robinson will miss next week’s second Test against New Zealand at Edgbaston after being suspended from all international cricket pending an investigation into racist and sexist Twitter messages, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced Sunday. Sussex quick Robinson made an impressive on-field England debut in the drawn first Test at Lord’s concluded Sunday. But his efforts with bat and ball were overshadowed by the re-emergence of racist and sexist social media messages the 27-year-old had posted as a teenager in 2012 and 2013.

“England and Sussex bowler Ollie Robinson has been suspended from all international cricket pending the outcome of a disciplinary investigation following historic tweets he posted in 2012 and 2013,” said an ECB statement.

“He will not be available for selection for the LV= Insurance second Test against New Zealand starting at Edgbaston on Thursday 10 June.

“Robinson will leave the England camp immediately and return to his county,” it added.

The paceman led England’s attack with 4-75 in the first innings at Lord’s and followed up with 3-26 in the second while in between making a useful 42 with the bat.

But he found himself making an unreserved apology after stumps on Wednesday, his first day in Test cricket, for tweets that included comments suggesting Muslim people were linked to terrorism, and derogatory remarks about women and people of Asian heritage.

His messages re-emerged after both teams lined up before play on Wednesday for a ‘Moment of Unity’ designed to show their opposition to discrimination, with England wearing T-shirts stating ‘Cricket is a game for everyone’.

Robinson, in a statement issued after play on Wednesday, said he was “embarrassed” and “ashamed” by the posts.

“I want to make it clear that I’m not racist and I’m not sexist,” he added.

England captain Joe Root speaking after stumps on Sunday but before Robinson’s suspension had been announced, said of the tweets: “I couldn’t believe them, personally.”

Root, however, added Robinson had shown a “lot of remorse” that was “very genuine”.

‘Exceptional debut’

Turning to Robinson’s first match as a Test cricketer, on the field at Lord’s, the skipper said: “He has had an exceptional debut…He’s showed high levels of skill and he’s definitely got the game that can be successful in Test cricket.”

Root, however, insisted: “In regards to the stuff that’s happened off the field, it’s not acceptable within our game. We all know that.”

As for suggestions that the ECB should have investigated Robinson’s social media history prior to his England debut, Root said: “We can look back about how this could have been handled better, but the fact is it shouldn’t have happened. 

“And if we continue to keep trying to better the game right now, then in years to come this shouldn’t be an issue.

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“We’ve got to move forward from this, learn from this and do everything we can to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Robinson has a separate employment contract with Sussex so he is free to play, if selected, for the south coast county during his international suspension.

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Hyderabad: Australia & New Zealand out, more students turn | Sidnaz Blog


HYDERABAD: The sealed borders of Australia and New Zealand have derailed students’ dreams of pursuing higher education in these two countries. Instead, many are heading to Canada, the UK and other European countries to pursue higher education and for employment.
While overseas education consultancies in the city have observed a dip in the number of students going to Australia and New Zealand, there is a spurt in students going to Canada.
“This year, we have seen an almost 50% jump in applicants hoping to head to Canada. Better work opportunities and ease of staying there for longer through permanent residency has attracted a lot of students to Canada. Since Canada has a huge Indian population, it is also culturally preferred by many students,” said Piyush Kumar, regional director (South Asia), IDP Education, adding that the Canadian government is going out of its way to draw foreign students’ attention.
The country expects to admit a record 4,01,000 new immigrants in 2021. Courses like information technology and business administration continue to woo foreign students. However, given the pandemic, many are also vying for courses in medical sciences, pharmaceuticals, hospital management etc.



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