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WTC Final: Bad light stops play early, India reach 146/3 on Day 2

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Southampton: Due to bad light, the umpires ended play with India at 146/3 on Day 2 of the WTC Final on Saturday.

Earlier, India had moved on to 120/3 (55.3 overs) at Tea. Virat Kohli was unbeaten on 44. Ajinkya Rahane has looked solid at the other end, staying unbeaten on 29.

Put in to bat in tough conditions, India started amazingly well. Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill with their natural aggression notched up 62 runs for the first wicket. It is, in fact, the first 50-plus stand for the first wicket in Tests in Southampton.

New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl in the World Test Championship final against India here at the Hampshire Bowl on Saturday.

India have stuck to the playing eleven they had announced on Thursday. While India are going in with two spinners and three pace bowlers, the Kiwis have four pacers and no spinner in their attack.

The toss took place on the second day after the first day’s play was washed out due to rain. As many as 98 overs are scheduled to be bowled on Saturday. The Test will run into the reserve day on June 23.

Teams:

India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah

New Zealand: Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wicketkeeper), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.

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