Heartbreak for India as New Zealand clinch the World Test Championship

This is New Zealand’s second ICC title after 2000 Champions Trophy

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14 semi-finals and finals, yet only one championship, New Zealand’s luck ran out every time they got close to an ICC trophy. However, the fortunes seem to have turned as New Zealand have claimed the inaugural World Test Championship after beating India by 8 wickets.

Draw was the most likely result on Day 6 but Kiwi bowlers, as has been the case throughout the match, didn’t give Indian batters a sniff. Kyle Jamieson started India’s downfall, dismissing Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar in quick succession. Rahane too departed soon. India were tottering at 108-5 before Ravindra Jadeja and Rishabh Pant tried to resurrect the innings. They added 33 runs for the sixth wicket before Jadeja departed. Pant played few shots but Indian tail didn’t have the quality to stand up to the Kiwi pacers. India were bowled out for 170, giving New Zealand a target of 139 to win.

Apart from a brief moment when Tom Latham and Devon Conway departed in quick succession, New Zealand looked in complete command and cruised to victory by 8 wickets. Fittingly, New Zealand legends, Kane Williamson (52) and Ross Taylor (47) stayed unbeaten at the crease. The win must be a great relief for New Zealand after two heartbreaks in 2015 and 2019 World Cup finals.

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