The New Zealand cricket team had a major victory in test on June 18th, as they defeated India by 8 wickets, in the World Test Championship Final. New Zealand put up a score of 249(92.1) and 140(99.2) respectively in the 1st and 2nd innings, while India scored 170 (73.0) and 140/2(49.5).
It was a moment of jubilation for the Kiwis, and New Zealand Captain, Kane Williamson had termed it a special feeling, adding that it was a huge moment for his country, Kiwis had put in a lot of hard work, which would be celebrated and remembered, Williamson said. He also praised Ross Taylor and BJ Watling, with the latter being ready to bid adieu to his international career. Williamson also thanked Virat Kohli, and the Indian team. Kohli too congratulated the New Zealand Team and acknowledged the massive effort they put in.
ICC WTC Final: Clash of the Titans
The Test Match had a disappointing start, with rain played spoil sport on Day 1. The players and cricket enthusiasts from all around the world had to wait till Day 2 for the action to start. On Day 2, New Zealand won the toss, and elected to bowl first. While India dominated Day 2, New Zealand had a roaring victory on Day 3. They had to chase something under 140 in a little less than two sessions, however the match seemed to be heading towards a draw, till the strong performance by the Kiwi bowlers led to the Indian team being bowled out within 80 overs. Things began slowly when it was NZ’s turn to bat. Conway set up a start with a 50. While there was a mini collapse in between, the skipper, along with his tale helped the team take a lead. Kyle Jamieson was declared Man of the Match. He said that it was an incredible moment in his career, and standing up there was a surreal experience. Of course, it was also an important day for BJ Watling, who played his final performance on the international stage. He added that he was proud to be there, and winning was another feeling.
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The match was undoubtedly a huge win for New Zealand. The match was also notable for being the first ever men’s test match between India and New Zealand at the Rose Bowl, and for being India’s first Neutral test match. Both teams had formidable competition from each other, with India losing only one of its last nine men’s test matches since October 2018, and New Zealand remaining undefeated in the last eight men’s test matches.