Tim Paine | Australia captain Tim Paine issued an apology after Team India lost against New Zealand in WTC final
Australian captain Tim Paine and Indian captain Virat Kohli  |  Photo Credits: AP
- India suffered a crushing defeat in the WTC final
- New Zealand won the title match by 8 wickets
- Kangaroo captain has reacted on India’s defeat
Like many legendary cricketers, Australia’s Test captain Tim Paine also predicted the victory of Virat Kohli-led Team India in the final of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC). However, India’s hopes were dashed and New Zealand, captained by Kane Williamson, managed to clinch the title. New Zealand performed extremely well on Wednesday (23 June) i.e. on Reserve Day and surprised everyone. By the way, New Zealand had the upper hand in the match from the beginning.
Indian team made 217 and 170
The title match played at the Ageas Bowl Stadium in Southampton, England was affected by rain. New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl first and India scored 217 runs in the first innings. Answer New Zealand took a lead of 32 runs after scoring 249 runs. At the same time, the Indian team could only make 170 in the second innings and New Zealand got the target of 139 runs on the basis of first innings lead. New Zealand took a comfortable win by losing two wickets and Tim Paine was proved wrong at the same time. In such a situation, Penn has apologized.
Pen said this on Team India
Let us tell you that before the WTC final, Tim had said that my guess is that India will win easily, provided they give their best. At the same time, Penn has now apologized for his prediction and said that if everyone makes a mistake, then I have also done it. He praised the New Zealand team fiercely. Penn told Newstalk ZB, ‘We are all proven wrong at some point. I had a slight encounter with Kiwi fans, so I thought I should admit my mistake in front of the media.
‘Kiwi team showed a great game’
Paine said that I think the New Zealand players played a great game. It’s always great to see the way Kiwi players play. I respect the feat accomplished by the players of a small nation on the international stage. Notably, with the win of the WTC, the Kiwis ended their two-dosh ICC title drought. New Zealand had previously won the 2000 ICC Knockout Trophy.
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