After more than two years of grief and heartbreak, New Zealand shrugged off memories of losing the 2019 FIFA World Cup, beating India by eight wickets to finish the Hampshire Bowl’s first World Test Cup (WTC) in Southampton.
Pursuing a modest 193 runs on the sixth day of the test, hated by rain, New Zealand suffered several early blows. Openers Tom Latham (9) and Devon Conway (19) left early, reviving India’s hopes of victory.
The experienced skipper duo Kane Williamson and Ross Taylorhowever, he dropped anchor as the kiwis approached the closure. Williamson scored an undefeated 52, while Taylor added 47 * to his name as New Zealand eventually raised the bat.
After the defeat, the captain of India Virat Kohli congratulated the New Zealand side for putting on an impressive show during the test. Kohli also acknowledged that India has 30 to 40 tracks to give Kiwis a challenging goal.
“First of all, congratulations to Kane and his team. They showed great consistency and cordiality and achieved results in three days. They put pressure on us throughout the test and did extremely well to win. It was difficult to get momentum on Day 2 and we did really well with the ball in the first innings, “Collie said.
“This morning was the difference where their bowlers fulfilled their plans to perfection and did not give us opportunities to score points. We were not enough 30-40 to give them a good goal. I do not regret that I announced XI in advance, because you need from all sides, but we unanimously decided that these are the best XI we can take in the park, “he added.
Collie also praised Kyle Jamieson for winning the Man of the Match trophy in the tent clash. The rising pace, also a teammate of Koli in the Royal Challengers Bangalore, managed to cope with the Indian skipper in both passes of the test.
“Jamieson performs well in international cricket – good ball areas and he can also fight quite well. He had a great game and deserves the man’s award of the match.”
Emphasizing the importance of test cricket, Collie defined the longest format as the sport’s “heartbeat.”
“It’s great for the game (WTC) and the more importance is given to test cricket, the better it will be for international cricket. It’s a great move from ICC. Test cricket is the heart of the game. A long summer is coming and we really look forward to look forward to the next series, “Collie concluded.