The two years of journey that started with 9 teams has finally ended today with one team crowned the champions of the red-ball format. Kane Williamson and New Zealand defeated India in the WTC final and won the championship against all odd.
It is truly a testament to the abilities of NZ players as it looked like the game will be drawn. However, a phenomenal bowling performance followed by terrific batting helped the Kiwis lift the WTC trophy.
This has been quite the month for the New Zealand players so far. First, they dominated England in two back-to-back Test matches. And continued their red hot form to defeat Virat Kohli and co, in a closely fought battle.
New Zealand have finally ended their trophy drought by winning WTC final
This is the first ICC trophy for the black in over two decades. They had one ICC trophy under their belt up until now. It was way back in 2001 when the black caps won the ICC Champions Trophy.
Fast forward to 2021, the Kane Williamson led side has done it again. While this was a complete team effort, the NZ bowlers deserve a special praise for this match.
In the first innings, Kyle Jamieson picked up a five-wicket haul and held team India to a low score. In the second innings, it was the Tim Southee and Trent Boult show, who never let the Indian batsmen settle on the pitch.
It is true that constant interruptions by rainfall might have broken the concentration of both teams in the WTC final. But at the end of the day, new Zealand won the game fair and square.
Now, it’s time to celebrate as the duo of Williamson and Ross Taylor played the role of anchors in the decisive innings of the match. The former scored a half-century while the latter played a knock of 47 runs not out.
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