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- New Zealand beat India in WTC final
- Wednesday was the last day of the final (reserve day)
- India had given a target of 139 runs to New Zealand.
Southampton: New Zealand won the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) title. New Zealand defeated the Indian team by 8 wickets in the final. India set a target of 139 on Wednesday, which was easily achieved by New Zealand at the loss of two wickets. Captain Kane Williamson (30 *) and Ross Taylor (30 *) batted brilliantly for New Zealand in the second innings. Both of them made an unbeaten partnership of 80 runs and crossed the line of victory for the Kiwi team. The result of the final came out on the reserve day i.e. the sixth day. In reply to India’s 217, New Zealand had scored 249 runs in the first innings to take a 32 run lead. At the same time, the Indian team was bundled out for just 170 in the second innings on the sixth day and could only take a lead of 138 runs.
Ashwin traps Conway
Opener Devon Conway, who scored a half-century in the last innings, could not make a big score. He could only manage 19 runs in 47 balls in the second innings. He hit 4 fours during this. Conway was caught by Ashwin in his net in the 18th over and made lbw. He was trying to defend the ball coming in on the middle stump line but missed. The ball went straight to the pad and on appeal, the umpire raised a finger. His wicket fell on the total score of 44.
Tom Latham returns to the pavilion soon
New Zealand got the first blow in the second innings in the form of opener Tom Latham. Latham, who scored 30 runs in the last innings, soon returned to the pavilion. He scored 9 runs in 41 balls. He was made his victim by spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in the 14th over. Latham wanted to go ahead and play the game but completely missed the off-spin. In such a situation, wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, showing agility, stumped Latham. Latham shared a 33-run partnership for the first wicket with Devon Conway.
Such was the second innings of the Indian team
India made a disappointing start in the second innings. The team could add only 24 runs for the first wicket. India got the first blow in the form of opener Shubman Gill. Gill, who scored 28 runs in the first innings, lost his wicket in the second innings on a personal score of 8 runs. He was lbw by Tim Southee in the 11th over. After his departure, Rohit Sharma tried to survive, but he too could not play a big innings. Rohit played an innings of 30 runs in 81 balls with 2 fours. He was sent lbw to the pavilion by Saudi in the 27th over. His wicket fell on the total score of 51.
Kohli then became Jameson’s victim
India has got the third blow in the form of captain Virat Kohli. Kohli lost the wicket on the sixth day after adding 5 runs to his innings. He scored only 13 runs in 29 balls. Kohli once again became the victim of Kyle Jameson. The Indian captain wanted to stop the good length ball in the 36th over, but the ball took the outer edge of the bat and caught it in the gloves of wicketkeeper BJ Watling. His wicket fell on the total score of 71. They shared a 20-run partnership for the third wicket. Let us tell you that Kohli batted in the first innings and scored 44 runs.
Cheteshwar Pujara was dismissed cheaply
After the departure of Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara also could not last long and lost his wicket in the 38th over. He was also dismissed by Kyle Jameson. Pujara tried to stop the inside ball and the ball went into the hands of Ross Taylor in the outer edge slip of the bat. The team had high hopes from Pujara but once again he proved to be a failure. While he scored 8 runs in the first innings, Pujara scored 15 runs in the second innings after playing 80 balls. He hit 2 fours during this. His wicket fell on the total score of 72.
Ajinkya Rahane’s bat did not play
India’s fifth wicket fell in the form of vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane. Rahane scored 49 runs in the first innings, but his bat did not work in the second innings. He got out after scoring 15 runs. He faced 40 balls and hit 1 four. Neil Wegner walks Rahane in the 50th over. He tried to tamper with the ball going outside the leg-stump, which had to bear the brunt. The ball took the edge of the bat and went behind the wicket and Watling made no mistake in taking the catch. He returned to the pavilion with a total score of 109. He added 37 runs for the fifth wicket with Rishabh Pant.
Indian innings faltered in the first session
The Indian team faltered in the first session of the sixth day. India started playing 64 for two on Wednesday and lost three wickets adding 64 runs in the first session. Cheteshwar Pujara (15), skipper Virat Kohli (13), Ajinkya Rahane (15) were dismissed cheaply. However, the team took a lead of 98 runs. India scored 130 for 5 in the second innings till the lunch break. Rishabh Pant was playing on 28 and Jadeja was scoring 12 runs.
Ravindra Jadeja became a victim of Wegener
Team India got the sixth blow in the form of Ravindra Jadeja. Jadeja stayed on the pitch for a long time but could not play a big innings. He scored 16 runs in 49 balls with the help of 2 fours. He was caught in his net by fast bowler Neil Wegner in the 63rd over. Wegener troubled Jadeja for a long time by throwing a continuous bouncer on the leg-stump and then putting a good length close to the off-stump, it was caught by wicketkeeper Walling. Jadeja’s wicket fell on a total score of 142. He shared a 33-run partnership with Rishabh Pant for the sixth wicket.
Pant-Ashwin got out in the same over
Kiwi fast bowler Trent Boult gave two blows to the Indian team in the 70th over. He made wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant a victim on the second ball of the over while Ravichandra Ashwin was sent to the pavilion on the fourth ball. Pant kept batting but he missed the half-century. He scored 41 runs in 88 balls. He hit 4 fours. Pant went ahead to hit and was caught in the slips by Henry Nicholls. At the same time, Ashwin tried to hit a drive and caught Ross Taylor in the slips. The wickets of both fell on the total score of 156.
Bolt sent Shami-Bumrah to the pavilion
India’s ninth wicket fell in the form of Mohammed Shami. Shami, who came to play after Pant’s departure, took an aggressive approach and scored 13 runs through three brilliant fours. He was dismissed by Team Saudi on the second ball of the 73rd over. After this, Saudi made Jasprit Bumrah a victim on the last ball of the same over. Saudi got both caught by Tol Latham. Bumrah returned to the pavilion without opening an account. He was the last batsman to be dismissed for India. At the same time, Ishant Sharma remained unbeaten on 1 run.
Shami-Ishant’s sharp bowler
Earlier, fast bowlers Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma bowled sharply. Both made 7 New Zealand players their prey in the first innings. Shami took four and Ishant took three wickets. At the same time, spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took two and Ravindra Jadeja took one wicket. Devon Conway scored the most runs for the Kiwi team. He played an innings of 54 runs. Captain Kane Williamson batted with patience and scored 49 runs. Apart from them, Tom Latham (30), Tim Southee ((30) and Kyle Jameson (21) also made important contributions.
India-New Zealand Playing XI
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wegner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.
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