New Zealand defeated India by 8 wickets in the final of the ICC World Test Championship. With this, New Zealand won the WTC’s first title under the leadership of Kane Williamson. The Kiwis set a target of 139 runs for the loss of just 2 wickets from Team India. In the second innings, captain Williamson (52 not out) and Ross Taylor (47 not out) were instrumental in the New Zealand team’s historic victory. Earlier, India were all out for just 170 runs in the second innings. Team India batsmen scattered like cards against New Zealand’s fast bowlers. Kiwi Jamieson took five wickets in the first innings while Tim Southee took 4 wickets in the second innings.
WTC Final 2021: Virat Kohli, Sunil Gavaskar and Nasser Hussain fall victim to Kyle Jamison for the second time
Chasing a target of 139 from India, New Zealand did not get off to a good start and Tom Latham (9) and Devon Conway (19) did nothing special with the bat. Following this, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor took over the Kiwi innings and shared an unbeaten 96 for the third wicket. Taylor and Williamson got in no trouble in front of the Indian bowlers and both opened up shots around the field. Ravichandran Ashwin took 2 wickets in the second innings for India, but he did not get the support of the remaining bowlers. India’s fast bowlers strayed from the line in the second innings.
Ravichandran Ashwin became the highest wicket taker in the World Test Championship.
Earlier, on the sixth day of the Test, India scored yesterday’s score of 64/2. The start of the reserve day was very good for New Zealand and Jamieson sent Kohli and Pujara to the bargaining pavilion. Virat fell to Kyle Jamison in both innings of the WTC final. Kohli was able to score only 13 runs in the second innings as he faced 29 balls. At the same time, Test specialist batsman Pujara was playing just 15 runs. After this, Ajinkya Rahane, who was trying to set up in the crease, failed to comprehend Trent Boult’s delivery and returned to the pavilion by catching Watling with 15 runs. Jadeja (16) and Ravichandran Ashwin (7) did nothing special with the bat and the entire Indian team was reduced to just 170 runs. New Zealand’s Tim Southee took three wickets and Jamieson took two.
After losing the toss, India batted first and scored 217 in the first innings. Ajinkya Rahane top-scored with 49 while skipper Virat Kohli scored 44 runs. The Indian team was once better after losing three wickets for 146 in the first innings, but the Indian batsmen died one by one before the deadly bowling of Kyle Jamison. In reply to New Zealand’s 217, New Zealand scored a valuable 32 in the first innings. Devon Conway scored 54 for the Kiwis while skipper Williamson scored 49 runs. For India, Mohammad Shami took four and Ishant three.