"Black Caps" defeat "Men in Blue" by eight wickets at the final cricket match to clinch the first ICC World Test Championship at Southampton, England.
New Zealand have defeated India by eight wickets to win the inaugural World Test Championship final at Southampton.
Set a victory target of just 139 in 53 overs, New Zealand finished on 140-2 with more than seven overs left after the match was extended into the reserve sixth day, Wednesday, after two days' play were completely washed out.
India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin reduced New Zealand to 44-2 after removing both openers.
But New Zealand captain Kane Williamson (52 not out) and Ross Taylor (47 not out), the team's two most-experienced batsmen, shared an unbroken stand of 96 to seal victory.
SCENES in the New Zealand dressing room! 🎉— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) June 23, 2021
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Kiwi pacers flatten India's batting order
The real damage was done by New Zealand's all-pace attack, with India dismissed for just 170 in their second innings earlier on Wednesday despite a rare sunny day in this match at the Hampshire Bowl providing the best batting conditions of the entire game.
Tim Southee took 4-48 in 19 overs, with Rishabh Pant (41) the only India batsman to manage a score above 30 in the innings.
This final marked the culmination of a two-year cycle of series to determine Test cricket's first official world champions.
New Zealand's position and consistency in the ICC rankings:— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 23, 2021
1st in Tests
1st in ODIs
3rd in T20Is#Cricket