WTC Final 2021: Bharat Army Cheers Virat Kohli In Southampton

Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper led from the front and took on a rebuilding job for his team on Saturday, taking them to 146 for 3 before bad light played spoilsport on Day 2 of the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand. Virat Kohli’s performance with the bat-inspired Bharat Army to sign his name from the stands in a special chant. Virat Kohli’s Performance With The Bat Inspired Bharat Army To Chant His Name Virat Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane added 58 runs for the 4th wicket as the duo remained unbeaten at Stumps on Day

WTC Final 2021: Bharat Army Cheers Virat Kohli In Southampton

Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper led from the front and took on a rebuilding job for his team on Saturday, taking them to 146 for 3 before bad light played spoilsport on Day 2 of the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand.

Virat Kohli’s performance with the bat-inspired Bharat Army to sign his name from the stands in a special chant.

India captain Virat Kohli (Courtesy: AP)

Virat Kohli’s Performance With The Bat Inspired Bharat Army To Chant His Name

Virat Kohli and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane added 58 runs for the 4th wicket as the duo remained unbeaten at Stumps on Day 2. Virat Kohli really stood out with his control in bowler-friendly conditions at Rose Bowl. He was batting on 44, while Ajinkya Rahane was accompanying him on 29.

“Kohli is a boy making a big noise when he picks the bat he will take on the world these days. Fashion that raze, smashing New Zealand all over the place.”

Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane walk off the field after stumps on Day 2. (Getty Images)
Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane walk off the field after stumps on Day 2. (Getty Images)

Notably, bad light and rain forced early Stumps as only 64.4 overs were bowled as play was suspended twice after Tea before being eventually called off.  Incessant rain saw the opening day’s play being washed off at the Ageas Bowl on Friday while India managed to score 146/3 before bad light stopped play.

Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, And Cheteshwar Pujara Were Dismissed

New Zealand will be disappointed as it could have been worse after a 62-run opening stand between Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill, the first 50 run plus opening stand in a decade in England. New Zealand’s new-ball bowlers Tim Southee and Trent Boult got off to an uncharacteristically indifferent start. Towards the end of the day, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane looked sublime in fading light as New Zealand didn’t offer easy scoring opportunities.

Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill | Photo Credit: AP
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill | Photo Credit: AP

After persistent rain washed out the entire opening day on Friday, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bowl against India under overcast conditions. Both teams stuck to their strength with India picking both their spinners — Ravichandran Ashwin and — and New Zealand opting for an all-seam attack including all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme.

India 146 for 3 (Rohit 38, Gill 28, Pujara 8, Rahane 29*, Kohli 44*, Jamieson 1-14, Wagner 1-28, Boult 1-32) vs New Zealand at Stump’s on Day 2

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Sneh Rana Scores Half-Century And Bags 4 Scalps On Her Test Debut

Sneh Rana became the first Indian women’s cricketer to achieve a notable feat with her brilliant all-around display against England women. She became the first Indian woman to score a half-century and bag a four-wicket haul on her Test debut. Playing her first international match, Sneha Rana made a remarkable statement with her all-around skills in the one-off Test match against England in Bristol. Sneh Rana Scores Half-Century And Took 4 Scalps In Her Test Debut As Her Partnership With Taniya Bhatiya Saves The Test All-rounder Sneh Rana became the first Indian woman and fourth overall to score a half-century

Sneh Rana Scores Half-Century And Bags 4 Scalps On Her Test Debut

Sneh Rana became the first Indian women’s cricketer to achieve a notable feat with her brilliant all-around display against England women. She became the first Indian woman to score a half-century and bag a four-wicket haul on her Test debut.

Playing her first international match, Sneha Rana made a remarkable statement with her all-around skills in the one-off Test match against England in Bristol.

Sneh Rana remained unbeaten on 80 against England in the second innings (Courtesy: Reuters)

Sneh Rana Scores Half-Century And Took 4 Scalps In Her Test Debut As Her Partnership With Taniya Bhatiya Saves The Test

All-rounder Sneh Rana became the first Indian woman and fourth overall to score a half-century and take four wickets on Test debut.

After figures of 4/131 in England’s 1st innings, Sneh Rana scored a half-century in India’s second innings. She remained unbeaten on 80 and etched an unbeaten 104 run partnership with Taniya Bhatia (44 not out). During her unbeaten knock of 80, the all-rounder Sneh Rana scored the highest by an Indian batting at 6 or lower in Women’s Test cricket.

India's Taniya Bhatia plays a shot during the one-off Test against England. — Reuters
India’s Taniya Bhatia plays a shot during the one-off Test against England. — Reuters

The one-off women’s Test between India and England ended in a draw on the final day, with the visitors defying the home side attack to score 344 for 8 in their second innings after following on. India was 199/7 in the second innings, but the herculean effort from Sneh Rana ensured that the game is drawn as India after scoring 344/8 averted a shameful defeat at Bristol.

Shafali Verma Added Only 8 More Runs To Her Overnight Score Of 55

Following on and on the verge of defeat on the final day on Saturday, India was rescued by Sneh Rana and Taniya Bhatia’s stand, the highest 9th wicket stand for Indian women in Tests.

and Amar Singh are the two other Indians with this all-around feat in Test cricket. This feat has been done four times in women’s cricket, this being the first time by an Indian player.

Shafali Verma became the thrid youngest Indian women cricketer to play Test cricket after she was handed her debut | Photo: BCCI women
Shafali Verma became the third-youngest Indian women cricketer to play Test cricket after she was handed her debut | Photo: BCCI women

Earlier, India opener Shafali Verma (63) could add just eight more runs to her overnight score as Katherine Brunt caught her off Ecclestone in the 30th over. Smashed for a straight six in the first ball of the over, Sophie Ecclestone came back to dismiss Shafali Verma in the last delivery, with Katherine Brunt taking a spectacular catch at long-on.

Deepti Sharma and Punam Raut then showed great resilience as India took a lead of six runs with seven wickets in hand at lunch. However, a sudden lapse of concentration saw Deepti Sharma go for a reckless slog off Sophie Ecclestone in the 58th over only to drag the ball onto her leg-stump in what was the last ball before lunch.

The 17-year-old Shafali Verma had smashed 96 runs in the one-off Test against England in Bristol, providing India with a solid start in the 1st innings but despite her efforts, India was made to follow on. Earlier, England had declared their first innings at 396/9 with captain Heather Knight making 95 while Sophia Dunkley (74*) and Tammy Beaumont (66) also made significant contributions.

India 231 (Verma 96, Mandhana 78, Ecclestone 4-88, Knight 2-7) and 344 for 8 (Rana 80*, Verma 63, Sharma 54, Bhatia 44*) (f/o) drew with England 396 for 9 decl. (Knight 95, Dunkley 74*, Beaumont 66, Rana 4-131, Sharma 3-65)

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