World Check Championship closing: India & New Zealand nonetheless have hope going into final day

World Test Championship final: India & New Zealand still have hope going into last day

India 217 & 64-2: Rohit 30, Southee 2-17
New Zealand 249: Conway 54, Williamson 49; Shami 4-76, Ishant 3-48
India lead by 32 runs

All four results remain possible in the final of the World Test Championship after an engrossing fifth day between India and New Zealand in Southampton.

India closed on 64-2, leading by 32, meaning the Test will go into a sixth and final day because of time lost to the weather earlier in the match.

Earlier, New Zealand ground out a first-innings lead of 32 by turning their overnight 101-2 into 249 all out.

Up against high-class fast bowling, captain Kane Williamson dug in for 49 from 177 balls, while Kyle Jamieson and Tim Southee added important cameos of 21 and 30 respectively.

Southee then trapped Shubman Gill lbw for eight early in India’s second innings and dismissed his opening partner Rohit Sharma in the same manner 15 minutes before the close when he horribly misjudged a leave and fell lbw, offering no shot, for 30.

It leaves New Zealand as the…