After a complete washout on Day 1, the fans witnessed some riveting action on Day 2 of the World Test Championship final with the rain gods staying away for major part of the day. The Virat Kohli-led side was put in to bat on a testing wicket after Kane Williamson called the coin right. Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill got India off to a blazing start and added 62 runs before New Zealand clawed back with three quick wickets. However, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane joined forces and prevented any further damage as India ended Day 2 on 146/3. Kohli and Rahane have stitched an unbeaten 58 run partnership.
There is enough help for the bowlers at the Ageas Bowl and India’s batting coach Vikram Rathour feels that anything over 250 will be a very good total on the surface. “We would like to score as many runs as possible, but 250 plus will be a reasonable score in these conditions,” Rathour said at the press conference.
Rahour also lauded the Indian openers for their intent against the new ball. “Batting is about scoring runs. Rohit and Gill showed a lot of intent and looked to score wherever they can. Hats off to Virat and Rahane for the manner in which they batted but a lot of credit should also go to the openers,” he asserted.
Plenty is happening on the surface and a wicket can trigger a collapse, at-least New Zealand would like to believe that. India, on the other hand, would love to build on the Kohli-Rahane partnership and get a big score. With an in-form Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja to follow, India would certainly back themselves to post a decent total.
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