NZ vs IND: Boult batted like ABD, says Finn
New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult grabbed eyeballs after scoring a quickfire 38 off 24 deliveries on day 3 of the first Test against India in Wellington. The left arm seamer's unorthodox cameo helped the Kiwis post 348 in the first innings. England fast bowler Steven Finn took to Twitter and compared Boult's batting display with that of AB de Villiers. Here's more.
Steven Finn draws comparison with AB de Villiers
Boult made merry with the bat towards the end
Boult struck 5 fours and 1 six during his 24-ball 38. He swivelled around the crease like AB de Villiers and ended with a strike rate of 158.33. Later on, he also dismissed Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli and finished the day with 3/27. New Zealand were tottering at 225/7, however, their last three wickets added 123 runs.
How did the match pan out?
Jasprit Bumrah dismissed BJ Wattling on the very first ball of the day. However, Colin de Grandhomme (43) and Kyle Jamieson (44) added 71 for the eighth wicket. India removed Grandhomme when the score was 310/9. But Trent Boult (34) ensured NZ finish at 348. Although Mayank Agarwal scored a fifty, the hosts reduced India to 144/4 at stumps on day 3.
India would be banking on Rahane and Vihari
New Zealand are in driving seat with the wicket assisting both fast bowlers and spinners. While the Indian skipper Virat Kohli yet again fell cheaply on 19, Ajinkya Rahane (25*) and Hanuma Vihari (15*) have looked solid so far, having stitched a stand of 31 runs. Day 4 would be crucial for both the teams as the visitors still trail by 39 runs.