Southampton: India were 120 for three at tea on the second day of the World Test Championship final against New Zealand here at the Hampshire Bowl on Saturday.
Openers Rohit Sharma (34 off 68 balls) and Shubman Gill (28 off 64 balls) made a good start, propelling India reach 62 without loss in 20 overs as New Zealand bowlers struggled for the ideal line.
At lunch, India got to 69 for two wickets with skipper Virat Kohli (6*) and Cheteshwar Pujara (0*) at the crease. For New Zealand, Kyle Jamieson and Neil Wagner took one wicket each.
Kyle Jamieson provided the breakthrough on the first ball of his sixth over as he dismissed Rohit Sharma for 34 runs. Gill followed over four overs later, nicking one from left-armer Neil Wagner to wicketkeeper BJ Watling. The first day was washed out. New Zealand won the toss on the second day and elected to bowl.
Brief scores (at Tea): India 120/3 in 55.3 overs (R Sharma 34, S Gill 28, Ajinkya Rahane (13*), Virat Kohli (35*), N Wagner 1/5, K Jamieson 1/10, Trent Boult 1/29) vs New Zealand.
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
New Zealand (Playing XI): Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling(w), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult