New Zealand have won the first-ever ICC WTC trophy

first World test Champions New Zealand

In 2019, New Zealand has lost against England in the final of the ICC ODI World Cup. This is heart-breaking for most cricket fans just because of result has been declared based on controversial boundary count theory after consecutive super over tie. England emerged as the winner of ICC ODI World Cup (first-ever title for them), leaving New Zealand as the tournament runner. The New Zealand cricket team was disappointed as they are never been so near to getting their first-ever ICC tournament trophy.

New Zealand in the cricket world cup final 2019 (p.c- stuff.co.NZ)

Dreams come true

It is the only idiom that can express the feelings of the New Zealand cricket team as well as the kiwi cricket fans after winning the first-ever ICC WTC final.  Despite having one of the destructive and best teams in the world, the New Zealand cricket team unable to achieve any of the ICC trophies in the previous years.  After winning the first-ever ICC World test Championship, perhaps it will console them from the blistering memory of ICC ODI World Cup 2019.

NZ WTC Winners (P.C- ICC CRICKET)

Road to the final of ICC WTC

The journey to the final of ICC WTC has never been easy for both of the teams. After some remarkable victory against other teams made them eligible to play in the finals. India has won 12 matches out of their 17 matches (4 losses and 1 draw ) and finished in the top position. While New Zealand has won 7 matches out of their 11 matches ( 4 losses ) and finished in the second position of the point table.

Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin is the leading run-scorer and leading Wicket taker for India consecutively. Ashwin finishes as the leading wicket-taker in the first-ever ICC WTC also.  For New Zealand, the Skipper Kane Williamson is the highest run-scorer for them and the Vice-Captain Tim Southee is the leading Wicket taker for them.

India and New Zealand in ICC WTC FINAL (PC- ZEE nEWS)

Post-match analysis

Literally, the entire match was interrupted by rain and at one moment, we are not expecting a positive result from this match. But the sudden change of the momentum and the Reserve day made this happen. Here we will analyse every Innings of both of the teams.

Rain interrupted ICC WTC final (pc- Hindustan Times)

Toss

The skipper of the New Zealand team Kane Williamson had won an important toss for his team and in the rainy condition of Southampton, he chose to bowl first.

First innings of the Indian team

The first day of the ICC WTC final has been interrupted by rain and ICC declared the Reserve day will be played as per the rules.  On the second day of this test, team India has started beautifully with after 50 runs partnership for the first wicket. Both of the openers Shubman Gill ( 20 runs in 64 balls ) and Rohit Sharma ( 34 runs in 68 balls ) were looking so fine against the world-famous New Zealand pace bowlers. After that, back to back falling of the wicket of this duos put India under pressure. After the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara, India was struggling dangerously in the rainy condition of Southampton.

New Zealand celebrating after TAKING wiCKET IN ICC WTC (P.C- scroll)

Then Indian skipper Virat Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane created a strong partnership between them. Together they have added 61 Runs partnership for the 4th wicket. Rahane Has Fallen short for only one run from his half-century ( 49 runs in 117 balls ) while the skipper Kohli has scored  44 runs in 132 balls. After the departure of this two, the first innings of India has broken like a pack of cards. They have ended with a score of 217 only.

Kohli and Rahane in ICC WTC final (PC- SCROLL)

For New Zealand, Kylie Jamison was the leading wicket-taker in this innings. He has taken 5 wickets while the other wickets were divided among the Southee, Boult and Wagner.

First innings of New Zealand team

New Zealand is also started with a solid opening start just like India. Opener Tom Latham and Devon Conway have scored 70 runs in the opening partnership. After the wicket of Tom Latham, Team Skipper of the blackcaps, Kane Williamson has joined In the party with Devon Conway and together they have added another 31 runs in the scoreboard for the third wicket. Devon Conway has scored a beautiful 54 runs in 153 balls with the help of 6 boundaries. Just like Rahane, Williamson also scored 49 runs in 177 balls.

Kane Williamson and devon Conway in ICC WTC (pc- cricket world)

After Conway’s departure, New Zealand has also struggled against the Indian bowlers and after the wicket of Colin de Grandhomme, their score was 162/6 only and trails by 55 runs with four wickets in hand. But again the bowlers of New Zealand acted as a saviour for them. The innings of Tim Southee (30 runs in 46 balls) & Kylie Jemison ( 21 runs in 16 balls ) helped the Kiwis to finished with a total of 249 with a lead of 32 runs.

For India, Mohammed Shami has taken 4 wickets in exchange for 76 runs. Ishant took 3 wickets while Ashwin and Jadeja took 2 wickets and 1 wicket respectively.

2nd innings of the Indian team

Trailing by 32 runs, the Indian batting side was struggling from the beginning as they lost their first wicket in just 24 runs on the scoreboard. Only Rishabh pant could manage to cross the 40 Run mark. He has scored 41 runs in 88 balls with the help of four boundaries. Rohit Sharma has also scored 30 runs in 81 balls. India has finished in just 170 runs in the second innings and set the target of only 139 runs for the Blackcaps with the remaining 53 overs in hand.

In the second innings of India, New Zealand pacer Tim Southee took 4 wickets in exchange for 48 runs. Left-arm seamer Trent Boult has taken 3 wickets in exchange for 39 runs. Jamison and Wagner have taken 2 wickets and 1 wicket respectively.

New Zealand bowlers in ICC WTC final (P.C- ICC cricket)

2nd innings of Newzealand team

By chasing only 139 Runs in 53 overs, New Zealand has lost two early wickets of Tom Latham and Devon Conway in only 44 runs on the scoreboard. But then, the two most experienced batsman in the New Zealand National side, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor batted excellently and finished the game with style. Williamson has scored unbeaten 52 runs in just 89 balls while Taylor has scored unbeaten 47 runs in 100 balls. They scored 96 runs partnership together and comfortably achieved the target in stipulated over. They defeated India by 8 wickets India final score was 140/2.

Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson in ICC WTC final (P.C- sportskeeda)

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Awards and recognitions

  • Winner- New Zealand

After winning the first-ever ICC World test Championship, New Zealand was awarded 1.6 million USD ( almost 12 crore INR ).

ICC WTC trophy (P.C- free press journal)
  • Runner up – India

As the runner up of ICC World test Championship, India was awarded USD 800000 ( almost 6 crore rupees).

Indian team after losing the ICC WTC final (P.C- Outlook India)
  • Man of the final – Kyle Jamieson (New Zealand)

Kylie Jamieson has been awarded the man of the final for his outstanding all-round performance in the ICC WC final. He took a total of 7 wickets in 2 innings in exchange for 61 runs only (5/31 in 1st innings and 2/30 in 2nd innings). In the first innings of New Zealand, Jamison has scored a quickfire 21 runs in just 16 balls also.

man of the match Kyle Jamieson ICC WTC (p.c- cricket addictor)
  • The highest scorer of the tournament – Marnus Labuschagne (AUS)

 The highest scorer of this ICC World test Championship is Marnus Labuschagne from Australia. He has scored 1675 runs in just 13 matches averaging at 72.82 with the help of 5 centuries and 9 half-centuries.

Marnus Labuschagne (p.c- sportzpari)
  •  Highest wicket taker of the tournament – Ravichandran Ashwin (IND)

Ravichandran Ashwin has taken 71 wickets in 14 matches with an economy of 2.82 only.

Ravichandran Ashwin in ICC WTC (p.c- India today)
  • Highest catches of the tournament – Tim Paine (AUS) { wicket-keeper } & Joe Root (ENG) {Fielder}

The highest catch record held by Australian Skipper Tim Paine. He took 63 catches in 14 matches. England Skipper Joe Root has taken 34 catches in 20 matches and held the record for most catches in ICC WTC (not being a wicketkeeper).

Tim Paine and Joe Root (p.c- stuff.co.NZ)

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