New Zealand left-arm fast bowler Trent Boult said on Sunday that he did not want to let Virat Kohli get into the rhythm and so he used a bouncer against him which eventually led to the Indian captain's dismissal. Kohli caught wicketkeeper BJ Watling in an attempt to hook Bolt's ball after playing 19 runs off 43 balls. India scored 144 for four in the second innings till the end of the third day's play and the team is still 39 runs behind New Zealand's first innings score.
Bolt revealed the strategy against Kohli after the third day's play, saying, "Like some other players in his team, Virat also likes that the ball comes to the bat." Certainly when we miss, it gives the boundary root. From our point of view, we were trying to put a stop to it and for me personally it was a good plan to use the crease and throw a short ball so that their run speed could be curbed. Bolt also gave credit to fellow fast bowler Kyle Jameson, who kept Kohli's bat silent with short balls while bowling round the wicket.
Bolt said that nowadays the red ball does not swing much and hence he had to change the strategy to make an angle. He said, 'I think the advantage is that I have played a lot of cricket on the basin reserve. Air is usually the most difficult to deal with. But if I change the angle and do not let the batsman adjust with what I am doing, it worsens the rhythm. This 30 year old fast bowler is happy with the wicket
And by bowling with length, he managed to get New Zealand in good condition.