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Jamieson's five, openers put NZ ahead
Cricbuzz, Bangalore

Jamieson's five, openers put NZ ahead

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On a helpful pitch for the quicker bowlers, where conditions at times looked extreme, India picked their two wickets in front of the square. One of them was by Ravichandran Ashwin.

The nature of those two dismissals puts into perspective the kind of day Virat Kohli and his bowlers endured at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. They had enough help from the pitch, they beat the bat enough times, they got the edge enough times but just couldn't find a way through New Zealand's stoic opening stand between Tom Latham and Devon Conway. The duo put on 70 before Ashwin got Latham caught at short cover.

India took another 14.2 overs to land the second strike. It was Conway this time, fresh off his second half-century but looking increasingly circumspect against Ishant under the lights. He was eventually caught at mid-on by Mohammed Shami trying to play his one-legged flamingo flick. That aside, he had looked very certain of his off-stump all day, leaving deliveries on line and playing Ashwin's offbreaks from his crease.

Shami was the best bowler on show for India but hardly had anything to show for it at the end of the day. He didn't get to open the bowling but created an impact as soon as he got the ball in his hands, in the 10th over. He hurried both the left-handed opening batsmen with pace off the deck and got them skewing balls off the shoulder of their bats. The edges either landed short of gully or flew over the fielder there, summing up not just Shami's continued luckless run in the UK but also India's.

That India had been shot out for only 217 earlier in the day didn't make it any easier. Kyle Jamieson was guilty of not bowling enough stump-hitting deliveries on the second day, which he compensated in style by getting Virat Kohli lbw in his second over today. The India captain, who failed to add runs to his overnight score of 44, fell to a cross-seamed in-dipper from Jamieson which was cleverly pushed through after a barrage of hard lengths. The moment set the day up for New Zealand and for Jamieson, who recorded his fifth five-wicket haul in Test cricket.

He returned to pick the important wicket of Rishabh Pant, switching his angle from round-the-wicket to over-the-wicket and extracting a loose drive from the left-hander. All this while, Ajinkya Rahane had managed to brave the storm at the other end until he disappointingly fell to an obvious short-ball ploy from Neil Wagner. After Rahane miscued a pull shot, Kane Williamson brought a catching man at short leg, the exact place where India's No.5 hit the short ball one ball later.

Ashwin's 27-ball 22, which featured some beautiful drives off the front foot and back foot, helped India get past 200 but once he got out, edging Tim Southee to slip, Ravindra Jadeja wasn't able to hog the strike as well as he would have liked. It meant that New Zealand took all of 19 balls after the lunch break to pack India up.

Brief Scores: India217 (Rahane 49, Kohli 44; Jamieson 5-31)lead New Zealand 101/2 (Conway 54, Latham 30; Ishant 1-19, Ashwin 1-20) by 116 runs.