WTC Finals: Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor lead New Zealand to victory on the final day.© AFP
New Zealand enjoyed the biggest win in their cricket history as they beat India by eight wickets in the final of the first World Test Championship in Southampton on Wednesday. Two years after their Super Over defeat against England in the 50-over World Cup final at Lord’s, New Zealand’s men won their first major global title. Set a target of just 139 runs in 53 overs, New Zealand finished 140-2 with seven overs to spare, with the match being extended into reserve on the sixth day after two days’ play was completely washed out.
India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin removed both the openers to beat New Zealand 44-2.
But New Zealand captain Kane Williamson (52 not out) and Ross Taylor (47 not out), the two most experienced batsmen of the team, sealed the victory with an unbroken partnership of 96 runs.
The real damage came from New Zealand’s fast-paced attack, with India bowling out just 170 in their second innings early Wednesday, despite a rare sunny day in the match at the Hampshire Bowl in the best batting conditions of the entire game. provides.
Tim Southee scored 4-48 in 19 overs, with Rishabh Pant (41) being the only Indian batsman to manage a score above 30 in the innings.
This final marked the culmination of a two-year cycle of the series to determine Test cricket’s first official world champion.
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