New Zealand Triumph On Scintillating Day 6 In Southampton

New Zealand did it.

After the heart break of the 2019 ODI world cup, they can now call themselves the winners of the inaugural first Test world championship after completing a remarkable eight-wicket win over India on a tense sixth day.

A draw was the most likely outcome when play resumed, however New Zealand would go on to dismantle India's batting line up and complete an anything but simple chase of 139 while the threat of running out of time loomed.

Kyle Jamieson, who has taken to test match cricket like a fish to water, removed both Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara before their lead had passed 40.

Rishabh Pant, as he always seems to do, gave India hope with a punchy 41, before miscuing the ball to a diving Henry Nicholls.

The tail did not put up much of a fight, leaving India a fair few runs short of a score that would leave them in contention for victory.

Despite losing Latham and (shockingly) Devon Conway cheaply, Kane Williamson and the experienced Ross Taylor steered New Zealand home with all the poise expected of two stalwarts of international cricket.

Williamson, who overturned a rare false decision from Michael Gough early in his innings, finished 52 not out and Taylor, dropped by Pujara on 27, unbeaten on 47 as New Zealand won with seven overs to spare.

It saw New Zealand, with a population of 5 million, topple cricket's superpower India, with a population of 1.4 billion, and claim the biggest win in their history - their first triumph in a major global cricket tournament.

The action on the reserve day, needed because of all the time lost to the weather earlier in the match, also provided a fitting finale to the World Test Championship which was introduced in 2019 to provide greater context to the world's oldest and longest format.

Tim Southee said the following to TMS:

"The first World Test Championship winners sounds pretty good. There's been a lot of hard work gone into it.

We never give up, there's a lot of heart in this side so it's very satisfying to look back together on what we've achieved over the last few years."

Virat Kohli praised the kiwis in response:

""This morning was the difference. The Kiwi bowlers executed their plans to perfection. They put us under pressure. We were 30 or 40 short to put them under serious pressure in the last innings."

For now, however, we're going to take a breather after what has been a long (stressful) 6 days. All we can leave you with, isn't it nice to see Williamson, Taylor and Southee sharing a trophy? It has made our day.


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