World Test Championship Final: Kiwi pacer Kyle Jamieson glad to check visitors' 'momentum'

·2 min read

New Zealand's Kyle Jamieson said all of the Blackcaps' five-strong pace attack had helped put a brake on India's progress in the inaugural World Test Championship final at Southampton on Saturday.

Towering quick Jamieson, nearly seven foot (2.13 metres) tall, took a miserly one for 14 in 14 overs after New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss following a complete washout of Friday's opening day.

But none of the bowlers proved expensive as India made 146-3 from 64.4 overs before the third of Saturday's bad light stoppages led to an early close.

"It's probably pretty even at the moment," said Jamieson, who ended a promising opening stand of 62 between Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. "It was a pretty good day of Test cricket.

"They (India) played really well, they put away the bad balls when they were there and they were really patient outside off (stump)."

Jamieson, who bowled first change behind the established new-ball duo of Tim Southee and left-armer Trent Boult, added: "Our plan was to stick around there and credit to them, they played pretty well. But I think we were able to keep things relatively restricted and grabbed three important wickets as well.

"It's obviously pretty crucial to try to keep the ball in reasonable areas for long periods and those runs are there, but it was just good to halt the momentum a little bit."

Jamieson had Rohit out for 34, with the aid of an excellent slip catch by Southee, to spark a collapse that saw India lose three wickets for 26 runs.

But from then on India captain Virat Kohli and the experienced Ajinkya Rahane kept New Zealand at bay to be 44 and 29 not out respectively at stumps, with their unbroken partnership so far worth 58 runs.

Also See: World Test Championship Final: Virat Kohli vs Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson vs Rishabh Pant and other player battles to watch out for

World Test Championship final: Should've been a three-match showdown, India at slight disadvantage, says Yuvraj Singh

World Test Championship Final: 250 will be reasonable first innings score, says visiting batting coach Rathour

Read more on First Cricket News by Firstpost.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting