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New Zealand crowned ICC WTC winners, skipper Williamson hits unbeaten fifty

New Zealand players celebrating their victory in the ICC WTC final against India in Southampton on June 23, 2021. Photo: ICC

Southampton, June 23 (MNN) Skipper Kane Williamson steered New Zealand to victory in the inaugural ICC World Test Championship final by defeating India by eight wickets as they scored 140 runs for the loss of only two wickets in their second innings here on Wednesday.

Skipper Kane Williamson on 52 off 89 balls and Ross Taylor on 47 off 100 balls took the New Zealand ship to the victory harbour on the last day of the Test match. Taylor hit the match winning run.

Tom Latham scored 9 off 41 balls before he was stumped by Rishabh Pant on Ravichandran Ashwin’s bowling. Devon Conway was lbw by Ravichandran Ashwin when he had made only 19 in 47 balls.

India were earlier in the day bowled out for only 170 runs in their 2nd innings.

Earlier, India had scored 130 for 5 at Lunch in their second innings on Wednesday, even as Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson bagged two wickets each to keep them on their toes.

The wickets of Rohit Sharma (30) Shubham Gill (8) had fallen on Tuesday while Cheteshwar Pujara (15) Virat Kohli (13) and Ajinkya Rahane (15) fell to the guiles of New Zealand bowlers during the day.

Rishab Pant at 28 and Ravindra Jadeja at 12 were holding the fort for India at Lunch.

India lead by 98 runs over New Zealand, who had gained a lead of 32 runs after their first innings.

At stumps on day five, India were 64/2 in 30 overs with a CRR of 2.13 in their second innings. Cheteshwar Pujara on 12 and skipper Virat Kohli on 8 were at the crease. But they departed when the play resumed on Wednesday morning.

While Shubham Gill and Rohit Sharma fell to Tim Southee balls, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli were sent back by Jamieson. Rahane was out on a Trent Boult delivery.

New Zealand had piled up 249 runs all out in 99.2 overs to lead by 32 runs after their first innings on the fifth day of the World Test Championship final against India here on Tuesday.

Mohammed Shami ended with four wickets while Ishant Sharma scalped three batsmen in the innings. Ravichandran Ashwin bagged two batsmen while Ravindra Jadeja got one wicket.

The first day of the match on June 18 was totally washed out by rain while other days have been disrupted either by rain or bad light.

Monday’s washout meant that the match was extended into the designated reserve day of June 23.

Weather forecast for the fifth and potential sixth days of the Test significantly improved.

Brief scores: India — 217 and 170

New Zealand — 249 and 140 for 2

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