India openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill have the team a solid start, putting on 62 runs for the first wicket. Both batsmen played their shots and looked set to get a big one but were dismissed. Rohit edged Kyle Jamieson to Tim Southee in the slip cordon while Gill nicked Neil Wager to wicketkeeper BJ Watling.
Cheteshwar Pujara faced 52 balls before he was trapped LBW by Trent Boult for 8. With India losing three quick wickets, Kohli and Rahane blunted the New Zealand attack and ensured no further harm was done with the score of 146/3 before bad light came into play.
Meanwhile, the Bharat Army, a group of Indian cricket team fans who travel around the world to support the side were singing their newly remade song, to cheer the Indian captain, on the tune of the iconic “We Will Rock You” from a London based world-renowned Rock-band, Queen.
“Kohli is a boy making big noise when he picks the bat he will take on the world these days. Blue is in his veins, fashion that raze, smashing New Zealand all over the place,” is the remaked song of the Bharat Army to motivate their charismatic skipper.
Watch the video here
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) June 19, 2021
New Zealand bowlers peg back with regular wickets
The Bharat Army makes its presence felt for Team India whenever they are on the road or playing a big-ticket ICC tournament. Their relentless support will come in handy for India throughout the course of the WTC summit clash.
India, on the other hand, will be looking to post anything near or in excess of 300 to challenge the New Zealanders in the finale. Day 3 will also be a chance for Kohli to break his century drought. He remained unbeaten on 44 at stumps on Day 2.