New Zealand dragged their lead to 183 thanks to helpful contributions from the decrease order and this put plenty of stress on the Indian batting order. Trent Boult then removed Prithvi Shaw was a wanting a great size supply which reared up on Shaw who may solely fend it off to Tom Latham at sq. leg.
This set the tone completely for New Zealand as they made a concerted effort to check the mettle of the Indian batting with come constant and aggressive quick-pitched bowling. The bowlers got here from across the wicket and banged the ball in brief. Mayank Agarwal regarded assured however then he was strangled down the leg facet. The greatest jolt got here when Trent Boult got here from across the wicket and angled the quick ball into Kohli who went for the hook, however may solely feather it via to BJ Watling.
Speaking concerning the techniques, former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris mentioned on commentary: ‘This has been a concerted effort by New Zealand, they have bowled the short ball and then followed it up with a good length ball on off stump asking the Indian batsmen to drive. This has tested the technique of these batsmen.’
Former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar, who too was doing commentary, noticed the big difference between the 2 bowling attacks.
“Ishant was left to himself to figure out the lines and lengths, Shami too and Bumrah were figuring out a way for themselves. For New Zealand it seems to be more of a teamwork plan, all the bowlers have stuck to this plan pf bouncers. The slowness of the pitch and the loopy in the bounce has been a problem for the Indian batsmen,” Manjrekar mentioned.
India ended the day on 144/4 and they nonetheless path New Zealand by 39 runs. Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari have been unbeaten and they’ll want to battle it out even on day 4.