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World Test Championship

Jamieson and Conway give New Zealand the edge in Southampton

Ind v NZ, WTC Final, day three, report

Kyle Jamieson completed a five-wicket haul and Devon Conway passed 50 for the third time in his three-Test career as New Zealand enjoyed the better of the third day in Southampton.

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The rangy Jamieson picked up where he left off on Saturday evening, taking three further wickets to finish with figures of 5/31 off 22 overs, as India lost seven for just 71 runs on the day.

A solid opening partnership got the Kiwis off to a patient start in reply, before Ravichandran Ashwin had Tom Latham caught at short-extra cover for 30 to break the 70-run opening stand.

And it looked as if New Zealand would close the day just one wicket down, only for Conway to fall for 54 in what proved to be the final over of the day, with the players going off for bad light just two balls later.

Captain Kane Williamson, unbeaten on 12 from 37 deliveries, will return to the middle alongside the scoreless Ross Taylor on day four.

Earlier, Virat Kohli – playing on the tenth anniversary of his Test debut – was the first wicket to fall as the India captain failed to add to his overnight score. Jamieson got one to move back in with the fourth ball of his second over in the session, trapping Kohli in front.

Just seven runs were added before Jamieson struck again, tempting the dangerous Rishabh Pant to drive at a full ball, with Latham taking the catch at second slip.

And when Neil Wagner had Ajinkya Rahane caught at square leg for 49 it looked like India could collapse completely in the morning session, having resumed on 146/3.

But a lively 22 from Ashwin did at least ensure his side went past 200, before the all-rounder became Tim Southee’s only victim of the innings, caught behind, again by Latham.

Jamieson returned to the attack after lunch, bagging his five-for with wickets in consecutive balls. Ishant Sharma couldn’t resist a delivery that left him, with Ross Taylor taking the catch in the cordon. And Bumrah had no answer to a full inswinging ball that would have clattered into leg stump were it not for the pads.

The 26-year-old’s five-wicket haul is the fifth of his Test career, with all of those having come during the World Test Championship cycle – more than any other bowler.

Trent Boult wrapped up the innings in the very next over, with India all out for 217 having lost 7/71 on the day.

New Zealand’s Taylor and Williamson will resume on 101/2.

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Group A

Pos Team P NRR Pts
1 England 3 +1.045 6
2 Bangladesh 3 +0.000 3
3 Australia 3 -0.992 2
4 New Zealand 3 -1.058 1

Group B

Pos Team P NRR Pts
1 India 3 +1.370 4
2 Pakistan 3 -0.680 4
3 South Africa 3 +0.167 2
4 Sri Lanka 3 -0.798 2

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