WTC Final, India vs NZ, Day 2: Virat Kohli stands firm as bad light halts India’s progress

Brief Scores: India 146/3 (Virat Kohli 44*, Rohit Sharma 34, Jamieson 1/14) against NZ at stumps on Day Two.

Virat Kohli remains not out on 44 against New Zealand in WTC final Day 2 at southampton
Virat Kohli oozes cover drive on day 2 against New Zealand | Image Source ©BCCI

After the scheduled first day of the WTC final got washed out due to rain, the summit clash kicked off on Saturday. New Zealand won the toss and asked India to bat first. The second day of the Test saw close to 65 overs being bowled before umpires ended the day’s play due to bad light.

In Southampton, Team India members wore black armbands to mark the passing away of legendary sprinter Milkha Singh on Friday.

Here’s a look at what happened throughout the day:

First session: India and New Zealand shared the first session

Contrary to what the cricket pundits had predicted, the first hour of the first session of the second day’s play belonged to the Men in Blue. Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill both showed a lot of application, mixing caution with aggression against Tim Southee and Trent Boult.

Southee and Boult, perhaps, didn’t start off the proceedings to the best of their ability. The first ball of the WTC final was down to the leg side which Rohit Sharma flicked to deep square leg for three runs. As it turned out, this wasn’t the only time when the New Zealand fast bowler erred in his length in his first spell.

The first 10 overs saw a lack of discipline from New Zealand and the Indian openers didn’t miss out on sending the bad balls to the boundary line. New Zealand, however, came back in the next hour of play. Kyle Jamieson was brought in as the first change and he did help his team shift the momentum. Colin de Grandhomme w