New Zealand significantly improved their lines after the first hour.
Percentage balls in the channel:
Overs 1-10: 55%
Since then: 78%#WTCFinal
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) June 19, 2021
Between 2011 and 2020, no Indian opening pair lasted 20+ overs in a Test innings outside Asia.
Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma have done it three times in five innings this year. (Twice at SCG and Today in Southampton) #INDvNZ
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) June 19, 2021
And we are all set for the second session to begin. Can India find a good rhythm in the middle or will NZ take a few more wickets?
Cracking first session over at Southampton. First hour to India, second to NZ. And Pujara 0* off 24 balls, which is always reassuring. India 69-2 at lunch.
— Lawrence Booth (@the_topspin) June 19, 2021
Ind 69/2 after 28 overs
Kohli on 6, Pujara on 0 (24 balls) in the middle for India as the umpire calls lunch. A great opening stand but then NZ struck back with two wickets. An even session given the conditions and it makes for a very intriguing post-lunch session.
Ind 68/2 after 27 overs
Kohli gets off the mark with a gorgeous cover drive for four. Everything about the shot was just right. The shot will inspire great confidence in the Indian skipper and make him feel…