Mohammed Shami was one of the very few Indian players who had a good day at the office. The right-arm fast bowler brought the best out of himself with the ball against the Kiwis.
The experienced pacer accounted for 4 dismissals in the first innings. He dismissed the likes of Ross Taylor, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme and Kyle Jamieson. The pacer registered a brilliant four-wicket haul.
Talking about his batting performance in the first innings, he played just one delivery but managed to hit it for a boundary. He remained not out in the first innings before Team India were bowled out for 217.
Coming to the second innings, Team India didn’t raise their standards as they succumbed to Kiwis’ pressure. Indians were supposed to bat well in the second innings but fell prey to New Zealand’s trap.
Rohit Sharma scored 30 runs at the top. After that, the likes of Pujara, Rahane, Kohli were dismissed. India needed some help from the middle-order batsmen. Rishabh Pant provided some resistance by scoring 41 but was dismissed by left-arm pacer Trent Boult.
Soon after that, wickets kept falling like a pack of cards. In the end, Indian tail-enders tried their best to score runs for their side in the Final. When India lost 9 wickets, it was Mohammed Shami who played a cameo.
Kane Williamson sets up a brilliant field setup to dismiss Mohammed Shami
Interestingly, Mohammed Shami went on to hit more boundaries than Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli put together. Shami looked really good as he smashed Kiwis’ bowlers with a flurry of 3 fours.
Meanwhile, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson brilliantly set up a field placement. Then again, when Shami tried to go for a big shot off Tim Southee’s bowling, he swung his bat. As it turned out, he mistimed the ball as the ball travelled behind the stumps. Tom Latham took a good catch.
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