New Zealand rejected their bridesmaid by clinching the First World Cup (WTC) with an eight-wicket victory over India in an exciting final on Wednesday.
The team of Kane Williamson, who was beaten in the final of the last two 50 overs for 50 overs, became Test cricket’s first official world champion after suffering from bad weather in a match on his reserve day.
“It’s definitely a very special feeling. After a few relatives (in ICC finals), it’s nice to get one under my belt,” Williamson said during the presentation ceremony.
“I was a part of (New Zealand cricket) for a short time, but it’s a very special feeling. For the first time in our history, we won a world title.”
All three results seemed possible when India resumed the last day at 64-2 in their second innings with captain Virat Kohli and the tough Cheteshwar Pujara in the middle.
Kyle Jamieson was the main breaker in India’s first innings and the towering seam bowler returned the sixth morning.
The 6 ‘8 “(2.03m) bowler sacked Kohli and Pujara in his consecutive over but was denied a third wicket when Tim Southee dropped Rishabh Pant on a second slip when the batsman was five.
It threatened to be an expensive procrastination as Pant made counter-attacks with a typical aggressive beat of 41.
It cost Williamson an inspired bowling change to end the chaos with Trent Boult (3-39) removing Pant and Ravichandran Ashwin in the same over.
Southee (4-48) slipped off the tail while India, who scored 217 in the first innings, folded for 170 in the second.
New Zealand chased 139 to win from 53 overs, but Ashwin turned down both opening batsmen to give new excitement to the game.
More drama ensued when Williamson, who made 52, was not out, judged early in his innings as Ashwin. Williamson immediately reviewed and overturned the decision.
He got another life when Jasprit Bumrah dropped a skier.
Taylor, whose 47 did not include the winning margin, was dropped by Pujara in the slips when the batsman was 26.
The final was the culmination of a two-year cycle of the WTC, launched in 2019 to create the pinnacle of Test cricket.
New Zealand’s victory was also a fitting farewell to their wicketkeeper BJ Watling who retired after this match.
India captain Virat Kohli blamed his team’s batting for their defeat last morning.
“The Kiwi bowlers carried out their plans to perfection and still put us under pressure and did not allow points for the points ladder.
“I think in the end we fell 30-40 runs short of putting them under serious pressure in the last innings.”
Jamieson, who scored his fifth wicket in his eighth Test, is the referee of the match.
New Zealand took home the ICC Test Championship strip and pocketed $ 1.6 million.