ICC World Test Championship Final, 2021

India vs New Zealand - Final

Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton

Date: 18 June-23 June, 2021

New Zealand 140/2

RR: 3.05 | New Zealand beat India by 8 wickets

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Tom Latham stumped st Rishabh Pant & b Ravichandran Ashwinstumped st Rishabh Pant & b Ravichandran Ashwin94100
Devon Conway lbw Ravichandran Ashwinlbw Ravichandran Ashwin194740
Kane Williamson not out not out 528980
Ross Taylor not out not out 4710060
Henry Nicholls
BJ Watling
Colin de Grandhomme
Kyle Jamieson
Neil Wagner
Tim Southee
Trent Boult
Extras 13 (b 0, lb 11, w 0, nb 2)
Total 140 (2 Wkts, 45.5 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
33-1 (Tom Latham,13.3), 44-2 (Devon Conway,17.2),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Ishant Sharma6.2 2 21 0 3.39
Mohammed Shami10.5 3 31 0 2.95
Jasprit Bumrah10.4 2 35 0 3.37
Ravichandran Ashwin10 5 17 2 1.70
Ravindra Jadeja8 1 25 0 3.13
Rohit Sharma0 0 0 0 0
Shubman Gill0 0 0 0 0
Cheteshwar Pujara0 0 0 0 0
Virat Kohli 0 0 0 0 0
Ajinkya Rahane0 0 0 0 0
Rishabh Pant 0 0 0 0 0

The New Zealand players are ready near the trophy, waiting for their skipper to come and lift it. Here comes Williamson and he does so. Very well deserved. A fitting end to Watling’s career. With that, the coverage of this Final also comes to an end. Hope you enjoyed our company. Cricketing action though does not end, there is a T20I game going on between Sri Lanka and England. You can catch all the action by switching tabs. Till then, take care and goodbye!

Williamson says it is a special feeling, he thanks Virat and his team and he is proud of the heart his team showed to win the game. Adds it is a huge moment for his country, he has been there for a short while but they have put in a lot of hard work and this will be celebrated and remembered. Mentions they do not have the stars but they have quality players and they held strong in this game and they had to. Adds no one had the upper hand for a long time but it was a really good last day for them. Ends by saying it was tough, they did not give them much and it was tough going but the batters showed a lot of heart and the lead was very important in the first innings. Finishes by saying Ross Taylor is always calm and it is good to be in a partnership with him. Says Watling is an amazing player, rises to the occasion when his side is in trouble and it is an end of a superb career.

Virat Kohli starts by congratulating New Zealand and feels they put in a massive effort to squeeze a result and they deserved it. Adds it was difficult to get momentum on Day 3, they did well with the ball but then the Kiwi bowlers did really well and put a lot of pressure on them and they were 30 to 40 runs short. Adds they need to have a fast bowling all-rounder but he feels this is their best side and had there been more game time, the spinners might have had more of a say. Also says Jamieson is a quality cricketer and is good with both bat and ball, he has the same attitude in franchise cricket too and is a really good player. Ends by saying this tournament is great for the game, Test cricket is the heartbeat of cricket and it is a great move and it is only going to get more exciting. Finishes by saying they are looking forward for the next series.

Kyle Jamieson, Man of the Match, says it is a massive moment in his career and to be standing up there is pretty surreal. Mentions they wanted to see how things pan out in the first hour, they wanted to land the ball in the right areas and see what happens against a quality Indian batting line-up. Adds it is good to have the ball in hand it is even better to get a couple of wickets. States he is pleased to get Virat twice, he is pleased to have spent time with him in the Indian T20 League and it was a joy to play against him here.

BJ Watling, says, he is proud to be here and to win this game is another feeling. States chasing a total like that on a wicket which was offering a lot was special. Mentions it is extremely exciting for the game to have a final like this in this format and he is pleased they got over the line. Also says his mom has been a huge help to him and so has his wife and his two boys, it is tough being away from them but it is all worth it. Ends by saying, the team has supported him a lot and he has enjoyed every moment.

Tim Southee says it sounds pretty good, and it is even better as we are crowned as the World Test Champions, with all the things going on the back it is a truly amazing feeling. Also says that, the two experienced guys in the middle, brought it home. Adds as an international sports person he would always look to improve in the future. Mentions this group of players are truly amazing and special. Says, Watling truly deserves it and he feels good for him as he ends his career on a high.

Ross Taylor says he is proud of the way the team fought. Adds Kane has been sensational. Adds this is a big highlight in his career and he thanks for their support and he hopes they have made them proud. Mentions it wasn’t easy to start but it got easier, the Indians never gave up and put a lot of pressure on them but he is happy they get over the line. Adds he is pleased he could see it till the end. Also says the 2019 WC was tough to digest but he is pleased they could win this.

They just needed to chase something under 140 in a little less than 2 sessions and they have done it in style. Their two most reliable players, Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson rose to the occasion.

Despite all of that, this game still seemed like heading towards a draw but a whole-hearted performance from all the Kiwi bowlers helped bowl India out within 80 overs.

Then with the bat, they went about things slowly, Conway set things up at the start with a fifty. There was a mini collapse in between but their skipper along with the tail helped his side take a lead. A slender one but still a handy lead.

The Kiwis are well-deserved winners one has to say. They won the toss on Day 2 after the first being washed out and elected to bowl, they weren’t at their best as India dominated Day 2 but they came roaring back on Day 3. From 2 down for around 150, they bundled India out for just under 220. Jamieson was the star with a fifer.

What a victory for the Kiwis! What a team! THEY ARE THE WORLD TEST CHAMPIONS! Just unbelievable, after all the rain and all the time we lost, a result has still been possible. Absolutely brilliant!

45.5
4
Mohammed Shami to Ross Taylor, FOUR! Flicked away! It is Rosco to start the party for New Zealand. A full length ball, around middle, Ross Taylor flicks it away through mid-wicket for a boundary. NEW ZEALAND ARE THE FIRST WORLD TEST CHAMPIONS. THEY WIN BY 8 WICKETS!
45.4
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Mohammed Shami to Ross Taylor, Outside off, left alone.
45.3
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Mohammed Shami to Kane Williamson, A length ball, on off, Williamson works it towards third man for a quick single. 3 to win.
45.2
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Mohammed Shami to Kane Williamson, Play and a miss! A length ball, outside off, Williamson look to guide it towards third man, but misses.
45.1
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Mohammed Shami to Kane Williamson, A full length ball, on off, Williamson defends it out.
44.6
0
Jasprit Bumrah to Ross Taylor, Outside off, left alone. 
44.5
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Jasprit Bumrah to Ross Taylor, On off, nudged to mid-wicket,
44.4
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Jasprit Bumrah to Ross Taylor, A length ball, on off, kept out.
44.3
2
Jasprit Bumrah to Ross Taylor, Two More! A length ball, on off, Taylor guides it towards third man for a couple. 4 more to win.
44.2
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Ishant Sharma to Ross Taylor, A full length ball, on off, Taylor defends it back to the bowler. Ishant Sharma gets hit on his finger. As he makes his way off the field.
44.1
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Ishant Sharma to Ross Taylor, Play and a miss! A length ball, outside off, Taylor loosk to defend it but misses.
43.6
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Mohammed Shami to Kane Williamson, FOUR! SMACKED! This also brings up the FIFTY for the skipper. He has done his job here. A length ball, on off, this time he pulls it away through mid-wicket for a boundary. 7 more to win.
43.5
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Mohammed Shami to Kane Williamson, In the air....Dropped! A full length ball, on off, Williamson looks to heave it away but gets the top edge. The ball flies over the third man region. Bumrah is running towards the ball, but is unable to get a hold of it. The batters take a couple.
43.4
0
Mohammed Shami to Kane Williamson, A full length ball, on off, Williamson defends it back to the bowler.
43.3
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Mohammed Shami to Kane Williamson, A length ball, down the leg side. Kane Williamson flicks but misses.
43.2
2
Mohammed Shami to Kane Williamson, A full ball, on middle, Kane Williamson pulls it through square leg for a couple. 12 more to win.
43.1
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Mohammed Shami to Kane Williamson, A length ball, outside off, Williamson hits it uppishly towards point.
42.6
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Ishant Sharma to Ross Taylor, Outside off, Williamson slashes but misses.
42.5
3
Ishant Sharma to Kane Williamson, Three more! Shorter and outside off, Williamson guides it through point for three.
42.4
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Ishant Sharma to Kane Williamson, FOUR! Angled into te pads, this is whipped thorugh mid-wicket for another boundary. Runs needed below 20 now.
42.3
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Ishant Sharma to Kane Williamson, On middle, blocked.
42.2
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Ishant Sharma to Kane Williamson, On middle, this is worked to id-wicket. 
42.1
3
Ishant Sharma to Ross Taylor, Three more! Short and outside off, Taylor looks to cut but this goes off the bottom edge down to third man for three.
41.6
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Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, FOUR! Whipped through! Williamson skips down the track and gets to the pitch of it. He whips it through mid-wicket and the ball races away to the fence.
41.5
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Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, On off, kept out.
41.4
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Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, Once again Williamson is solid in defense as this is bowled on the stumps.
41.3
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Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, Another one on middle, kept out.
41.2
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Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, On middle, kept out.
41.1
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Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, Down the leg side, Wiliamson looks to flick but misses.
40.6
0
Ishant Sharma to Ross Taylor, A length ball, on off, Taylor drives it back to the bowler. Again, Ishant Sharma ends up on the ground but this time he was stopping the ball.
40.5
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Ishant Sharma to Ross Taylor, A length ball, on off, Taylor defends it to cover.
40.4
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Ishant Sharma to Ross Taylor, Ohh...what a beauty! A length ball, around off, swinging away. Taylor looks to defend but misses as the ball beats the outside edge.
40.3
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Ishant Sharma to Ross Taylor, Full and on off, Taylor flicks it through square leg for a couple. 28 more to win.
40.2
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Ishant Sharma to Ross Taylor, A length ball, on off, Tayloe defends it to mid off. While, Sharma falls over on the ground in the process.
40.1
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Ishant Sharma to Ross Taylor, Play and a miss! On a length, outside off, Taylor looks to smash it on the off side, but misses.
39.6
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Ravindra Jadeja to Kane Williamson, Solid from Williamson. Loopy ball, on middle, Williamson prods and defends it onto the pitch.
39.5
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Ravindra Jadeja to Ross Taylor, Floated around middle, Taylor nudges it to mid-wicket for a single. 30 more to win.
39.4
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Ravindra Jadeja to Ross Taylor, Loopy ball, on off, Taylor defends it with a straight bat.