After the Kiwi pacers completely bamboozled Indian batsmen early on Day 3, the match completely shifted in favour of the Kiwis as Virat Kohli's side were bowled out on 217 in the first innings. As India came out to bowl, it was expected that the lethal trio of Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami could prove to be unplayable for New Zealand batsmen considering how the first half of the day went. However, things did not unfold how the Indian fans would have hoped as the Kiwi openers looked absolutely comfortable in the middle.
Why did the ball not swing like first innings?
Unfortunately for India, their pacers could not swing the ball as much as the Kiwi pacers did. While Ishant Sharma did get some swing, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami failed to do much with the ball. The reason behind the same was also the sudden change in weather as the sun was out unlike the overcast conditions which were there during India's batting.
As a result, the ball was not swinging as much as former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag expressed his disappointment through a tweet which stated, "Mood swing ho gaya, ball nahi huyi" reflecting on how the ball didn't swing but the match swung in New Zealand's favour in a matter of few hours.
While the conditions did become a bit overcast towards the end of the day as Ishant Sharma dismissed Devon Conway, the light deteriorated as New Zealand ended Day 3 on 101/2 looking in a very commanding position in the finale.