India vs New Zealand, Day 6: Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor during the WTC Final.© Twitter




New Zealand captain Kane Williamson led from the front, scoring a half-century to help his side defeat India in the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) Final, at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Wednesday. Having been set a target of 139 runs, New Zealand reached 140 for two in 45.5 overs, winning by eight wickets. Williamson slammed an unbeaten knock of 52 runs off 89 balls, consisting of eight fours. Meanwhile, Ross Taylor hit the match-winning boundary for the victors, also scoring 47 off 100 balls. Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin took two wickets for India, dismissing openers Tom Latham and Devon Conway. Earlier, India were bowled out for 170 runs in 73 overs, setting a 139-run target. Rishabh Pant top-scored for Virat Kohli’s outfit with 41 runs. Other than Pant, nobody from the Indian batting order could cross the 20-run mark in their second innings, courtesy of some good bowling by New Zealand. New Zealand bowlers began Day 6 on a strong note, with Kyle Jamieson taking the wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli. Trent Boult also took three wickets, with Tim Southee registered two dismissals. Meanwhile, Neil Wagner also took a wicket. (SCORECARD)

WTC Final Highlights Of India vs New Zealand, Day 6 From The Ageas Bowl, Southampton







  • 23:07 (IST)

    FOUR! NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 8 WICKETS AND CLAIM THE ICC WTC TITLE!!

    A poor delivery by Shami, and Taylor guides it off his pads to the square leg boundary for a four!!

    NEW ZEALAND ARE THE INAUGURAL WTC WINNERS!! WHAT A WAY TO WIN IT AND THAT TOO WITH ROSS TAYLOR AND KANE WILLIAMSON!!!

  • 23:03 (IST)

    No run, NZ: 135/2 | NEED 4 RUNS TO WIN, OVERS REMAINING: 8

    A good delivery by Bumrah, from outside off. Taylor leaves it alone. New Zealand need 4 more runs to win.

  • 22:59 (IST)

    HALF-CENTURY FOR KANE WILLIAMSON!

    A short delivery by Shami, and Williamson pulls it to the square leg boundary for a four!

  • 22:59 (IST)

    TWO RUNS! JASPRIT BUMRAH DROPS KANE WILLIAMSON!

    A length delivery by Shami, and Williamson edges it to Bumrah, who is running from backward point. But he drops it and lets it goes through is hands.

  • 22:56 (IST)

    Two runs

    A short length delivery by Shami, and Williamson tries to pull it. But he edges it to backward square leg for a double.

  • 22:55 (IST)

    No run, NZ: 125/2 | NEED 14 RUNS TO WIN, OVERS REMAINING: 10

    A good delivery by Ishant, and Taylor nicks it to beat the wicketkeeper. Goes towards fine leg. No run.

  • 22:52 (IST)

    FOUR! NEW ZEALAND ARE GETTING CLOSER TO A WIN!!!!!!

    A full length delivery by Ishant, and Williamson glances it in the air towards deep midwicket for a four! SHOT!

  • 22:50 (IST)

    Three runs

    A good delivery by Ishant, and Taylor gets a thick edge over the gully fielder. Jadeja prevents a boundary and throws it over third man. Three runs.

  • 22:49 (IST)

    FOUR! NZ: 115/2 | NEED 24 RUNS TO WIN, OVERS REMAINING: 11

    Jadeja tosses it up, and Williamson steps out. He smashes it through midwicket for a spectacular four!

  • 22:46 (IST)

    No run

    A full delivery by Jadeja, on the stumps. Williamson defends it with ease. No run.

  • 22:43 (IST)

    Two runs

    A good delivery by Ishant, and Taylor guides it off his pads towards deep backward square leg for a double.

  • 22:36 (IST)

    FOUR! NZ: 108/2 | NEED 31 RUNS TO WIN, OVERS REMAINING: 14

    A poor delivery by Bumrah. Williamson drives past extra cover for a four!

  • 22:30 (IST)

    No run, NZ: 104/2 | NEED 35 RUNS TO WIN, OVERS REMAINING: 15

    Jadeja tosses a length delivery, on middle stump line. Taylor gets an edge into the point region. No run.

  • 22:25 (IST)

    No run

    Jadeja tosses it up, towards off stump. Williamson defends it back.

  • 22:23 (IST)

    FOUR!

    Back of a length by Bumrah, down leg. Taylor stylishly flicks it to the fine leg boundary for a four!

    Patient batting by Taylor and Williamson at Southampton tonight!

  • 22:21 (IST)

    No run

    Back of a length by Bumrah, into the stumps. Taylor manages to direct it down the ground into the on side. No run.

  • 22:19 (IST)

    FOUR!

    Jadeja tosses it down the leg side, and Williamson lap-sweeps it to the fine leg boundary for a four! 

    HALF-CENTURY PARTNERSHIP FOR WILLIAMSON AND TAYLOR!

  • 22:16 (IST)

    No run, NZ: 92/2 | NEED 47 RUNS TO WIN, OVERS REMAINING: 18

    Back of a length by Bumrah, into the body of Taylor. He inside edges it to his thigh pad. No run.

  • 22:14 (IST)

    No run, Ross Taylor has been hit on the helmet!

    A length delivery by Bumrah, and it straightens. Taylor goes on the front foot and there is extra bounce on the ball. It hits him on the side of the helmet, and it breaks!

  • 22:10 (IST)

    Two runs

    A length delivery by Bumrah, into off stump. Taylor uses the face of his bat to glance it through square leg for a double! PRECISELY PLAYED!

  • 22:04 (IST)

    FOUR!

    An overpitched delivery by Bumrah, outside off. Williamson drives it to the left of short extra cover for a four!

  • 21:59 (IST)

    DROPPED!

    Bumrah sends a good delivery, and gets his line right. Taylor nicks it behind for Pujara at first slip, who fails to hold on to it. No run.

  • 21:54 (IST)

    FOUR!

    A short delivery by Jadeja, on off stump. Williamson cuts it to the left of cover point for a four! SMASHING SHOT!

  • 21:51 (IST)

    One run, NZ: 77/2 | NEED 62 RUNS TO WIN, OVERS REMAINING: 24

    Ashwin tosses it up, outside off. Taylor directs it into the covers for a single.

    New Zealand need 62 runs to win, with 24 overs remaining.

  • 21:45 (IST)

    One run

    A full delivery by Jadeja, onto leg stump. Taylor glances it into the square leg area for a single.

  • 21:41 (IST)

    No run, NZ: 70/2 | NEED 69 RUNS TO WIN, OVERS REMAINING: 26

    A length delivery by Ishant. Williamson leaves it alone. No run.

    New Zealand need 69 runs to win, with 26 overs remaining.

  • 21:40 (IST)

    FOUR!

    A short delivery by Ishant Sharma, wide. Taylor cuts it to the right of backward point.

    New Zealand need 70 runs to win!

  • 21:32 (IST)

    FOUR!

    Back of a length delivery by Shami, with a little bit of width. Williamson directs it between backward point and short cover for a four!

  • 21:28 (IST)

    FOUR!

    Ashwin tosses it up, wider outside off. Taylor drives it through the cover region for a four!

  • 21:28 (IST)

    FOUR!

    Ashwin tosses it up, on an off stump line. Taylor uses his wrists to smash it over wide mid-on for a four!

  • 21:24 (IST)

    FOUR!

    A short delivery by Shami, with not as much width. Taylor cuts it to the left of backward point for a four!

  • 21:15 (IST)

    No run, NZ: 46/2 | TARGET: 139

    A good delivery by Shami, full on middle. Williamson defends it back.

  • 21:07 (IST)

    Two runs

    Shami sends a good delivery, and Williamson works if off his hip to deep square.

  • 21:00 (IST)

    OUT! Devon Conway lbw b R Ashwin 19 (47)

    WHAT A DELIVERY!

    Ashwin tosses it straight through and beats the inside edge of Conway and its plumb. Williamson tells him not to review.

    In walks, Ross Taylor.

  • 20:57 (IST)

    Two runs

    Shami sends a good delivery and Williamson works it off his hip into the gap at square leg for a double.

  • 20:52 (IST)

    Three runs

    Ashwin tosses it up, and Williamson hits it into the gap at extra cover. Three runs.

  • 20:50 (IST)

    BIG APPEAL!!!

    A full delivery by Ashwin, and its turning down leg side. Williamson has been given out LBW on his weep. Its reviewed, and its missing! SAVED!

  • 20:46 (IST)

    FOUR!

    A poor delivery by Bumrah, in middle and leg. Conway pulls it between deep fine leg and deep backward square leg for a four!

  • 20:43 (IST)

    OUT! Tom Latham st Rishabh Pant b R Ashwin 9 (41)

    WHAT A DELIVERY!

    Ashwin tosses it up, and Latham tries to hoick it but is beaten in the air. He tried to direct it to leg side but messes it up. Pant does the rest.

    In walks, Kane Williamson.

  • 20:36 (IST)

    FOUR!

    A poor delivery by Bumrah, and he messes up the line and length. Conway goes forward to drive it for a four!

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