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Kyle Jamieson: 'New Zealand, India final is even'

India are 146 for three in the rain-affected World Test Championship final at the Ageas Bowl.

New Zealand seamer Kyle Jamieson accepted neither side have taken control of the World Test Championship final after leading the Black Caps efforts in the field against India on day two.

The rivals were making up for lost time after Friday's play was washed out and while both were able to show off some of the skills that brought them head-to-head at the Ageas Bowl, there has yet to be a decisive blow.

India bossed the first hour after being put in to bat, but looked distinctly vulnerable at 88 for three after Cheteshwar Pujara joined openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill in the pavilion.

Virat Kohli (left) and Ajinkya Rahane helped India to 146 for three at the close of day two
Virat Kohli (left) and Ajinkya Rahane helped India to 146 for three at the close of day two (Adam Davy/PA)

Captain Virat Kohli proved a tougher nut to crack and his steadfast approach to his innings helped steer India back to a more secure position as he and Ajinkya Rahane's partnership ushered the score to 146 for three before bad light intervened.

With Kohli unbeaten on 44 from 124 deliveries and Rahane backing him on 29no, India will still harbour hopes of a sizeable total while also being a couple of quick wickets away from trouble.

Jamieson looked the bowler most likely to cause them problems, conceding just 14 runs in as many overs and taking the first wicket to fall when he suckered Rohit with an outswinger.

"It's probably pretty even at the moment. It was a pretty good day of Test cricket," he said.

"We know they are a quality line-up from one to 11 and there is a reason why they have been one of the top teams in the world for a very long time. For us, as a unit, it was about keeping the ball in the right areas for long periods. I think we were able to do that for the most part so we'll certainly take a lot of confidence out of that moving into day three.

"The plan was to stick around outside off 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."

India batting coach Vikram Rathour gave his charges a passing grade for their efforts, which relied on caution and rigour more than expansive flourishes.

"A lot of discipline was shown today but there was a lot of intent to score runs as well," he said.

"Kohli and Rahane batted well, but I would give a lot of credit to Rohit and Gill as well because they started off really well.

"They were challenging conditions when we started. We lost the toss and it was overcast all day, so credit to all the batters. They showed a lot of restraint and a lot of discipline. We handled it pretty well."

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Tuesday's key events


DIVING
· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

ATHLETICS
· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

SAILING
· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

FOOTBALL
· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

CYCLING
· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

BOXING
· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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