India v New Zealand: World Trials Final Round 5 – Live!

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India v New Zealand: World Trials Final Round 5 – Live!


Suppose we start on time. Or better yet, that somehow we get 98 overs today and tomorrow, with extra time and everything in between. That’s 196 overs to make your way to the finish line, which is not insignificant in conditions that give bowlers a lot, on ground that has been covered for most of 36 overs.

If New Zealand hits around three hours, it will break the parity right after lunch. For the sake of our sketch, let’s get them out at this point as well. Strong of its return with the ball, India cracks even a little faster, reaching 200/5 by stumps this evening.

New Zealand came out strong tomorrow morning, winning 5/50 in the thrilling opening 90 minutes. They have 250 left to win in 70 overs. They are going there. Regular wickets are falling but they will not give up the hunt. A run-a-ball 50 by Colin de Grandhomme, alongside the bowlers, puts them on the brink. Two overs to go, 13 needed.

Southee and Bould are the New Zealanders, the two with more than sixes than any No.10 or No.11 to play in test cricket history. Southee can’t make contact until the penultimate final delivery – it’s out of the Rose Bowl! Seven to win, Bumrah against Boult. It’s an interpretive dance, backing up, each ball swaying and missing, each missing the woodwork in some way or another.

It is the penultimate ball of the final of the World Test Championship and BOOM, he is WAITING FOR IT in the cow corner! Six! Score level! The weight of the world on Bumrah’s shoulders, charging from the end of the hotel. He delivers, full, swing reversed, Boult falls, he is upset! It’s a tie! The third draw in the history of Test cricket! A mind-boggling climax. Kohli and Williamson will hold the mace together.

Or, we’re leaving for a bad light at 5pm later today and it’s raining tomorrow. Kohli and Williamson still hold the mace together. Anyway, stick with me to see if reality can match fiction. Hello.

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