New Zealand became the first World Test Cricket Champion after Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor won by eight wickets against India on the sixth and final day of the Hampshire Cup.
Despite some fears of a weather-affected match that would require the Kiwis to reach 139 in 53 wins and reach their target in 45.5 overs after the Kiwis beat India by 170 runs – one and four days were completely wiped out – the day’s reserve ended in Sunny Southampton.
Ravichandran Aswin, Captain Williamson (52nd) and Taylor (47th) shared an improper partnership with 96 wins, knocking out Tom Latham (9) and Devon Conway (19). An LPW dismissal from Aswin was canceled by Taylor Cheteshwar Pujara for a 26-run slip.
Williamson – dropped late by Jaspreet Bumra at the age of 45 – Taylor hit fifty off 86 balls before smoking four winners, claiming the New Zealand World Test Championship title and the winner’s check for 1. 1.2 million. England lose in 50-a-side World Cup final at Lord’s.
Tim Southee (4-49), Trent Bolt (3-39) and Kyle Jamieson (2-30) have already overtaken India, but at one point it looked like New Zealand could go down the path of beating Saudi Arabia, with Virat Kohli’s men 82- in Rishabh Bandh (41). They led by 50 points at 4.
Bandh was ultimately the seventh man in the middle of India, losing his last five wickets in 28 matches, with Bolt and Saudi hitting two each on the same tour.
Jamieson made two important first shots after India took a 32-2 lead at 32-2, with Virat Kohli (13) and Pujara (15) trailing 2-6 in seven overs.
Jameson has now taken 46 wickets in eight Tests for New Zealand – it would have been 47 if Southee had not bombed Garden – and finished the final with 7-61 in 46 overs.
Kohli is said to have hoped to play a key role with the bat on the deciding day, but added only five points to his total of eight at night before laughing off Jamieson’s rising ball stumps – box office back caps BJ Watling – for the second time in the game kidnapping Jameson Kohli.
Pujara cut off a ball and tried to let Taylor slip as India fell 72-4 – and if the Saudis had not blocked a regular chance to get the ball out, Jamison would have scored again after 10 points.
The ball continued to block, with Ajinkya Rahane (15) and then Ravindra Jadeja (16) crushing the folds for four stitches after Rahane bowled the ball to the side of the leg for a ball.
The ball fight with the heartbroken Neil Wagner was a spectacular observation as the Indian took pleasure in charging the New Zealand gem organizer.
Jadeja also pulled some good shots, but his run was a bit sketchy, although it was New Zealand wicketkeeper Watling who was bad when Williamson tried to scare the Indian star.
Watling, who was retiring after that test, was hit by Williamson’s midpoint throw on the ring finger of his right hand, which later revealed the 35-year-old had been displaced.
Watner did not show any ill effects from his injury when he continued to catch Jadeja after lunch, after Wagner forced Tenba to play at a full range, he went through after a series of short balls.
Jadeja’s dismissal sparked India’s 142-5 fall, with the ball out – 23 – year – old Henry Nichols caught on the run after Bolt sent off – a hammer blow to India’s chances.
Aswin (16) Bolt slipped two balls after the ball was out, while Saudi Mohammed Shami (13 of 9) flew orally and grabbed Bumra (0)’s pocket in the regular seat in the 73rd and final sleeve.
Winwis gave New Zealand an 84% chance of winning at this point, but there was still time for twists and turns with Aswin’s confusing kick and Conway LPW as the Kiwis lost 33-0.
Ashwin gave Williamson a sweep at the start of his innings, but the Black Caps captain’s review paid off, showing the ball off the post and going past the foot stump.
With 55 points needed, Bumra was the frustrated pitcher when Pujara dropped Taylor in the first seat.
Bumra then smashed Taylor on the helmet, which rose from a long back – and the entire New Zealand camp may have had a headache in the morning as they celebrate a successful victory team, which was sealed when Taylor knocked Shami on the square foot.
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