WTC Final India vs New Zealand highlights
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India vs New Zealand highlights, WTC Final: Williamson, Taylor lead NZ to World Test Championship title

India vs New Zealand, WTC Final Test highlights, Reserve Day: New Zealand beat India by 8 wickets to win the World Test Championship title.
By, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2021 11:19 PM IST

WTC Final India vs New Zealand highlights: Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor put on a solid partnership as New Zealand chased down the 139-run target to beat India by 8 wickets and lift the inaugural WTC title. Ravichandran Ashwin gave India a glimmer of hope by sending back both the New Zealand openers but it was not enough. Indian batsmen performed poorly on the reserve day as they could only add 106 runs for the loss of 8 wickets. New Zealand were set a target of 139 runs to win the first-ever Test Championship after bowling out India for just 170. Due to poor weather, the game entered the reserve day.

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  • JUN 23, 2021 11:19 PM IST

    Winning moment

  • JUN 23, 2021 11:18 PM IST

    Southee speaks

    "Pretty special moment. Word coming to mind is consistency - through selection and performances. Never giving up. There's a lot of heart in this side. Dates back a lot further than the last couple of years. Pretty special feeling," said Tim Southee

  • JUN 23, 2021 11:16 PM IST

    What a performance by New Zealand

    Who would have thought that a result was possible after more than two days of play washed out completely. Even before the start of the reserve day's play (today) the most likely result was a draw. But this New Zealand team thought otherwise. They bowled in the right areas. Southee, Jamieson were obviously helped by some ordinary shots by the Indian middle and lower order but once they bowled them out for 170 it was always going to be there game. Ashwin removed the NZ openers but Williamson and Taylor, how many times have they done it for New Zealand? Simply superb from the Kiwis. The nice guys can emerge on the winning side, they sure can.

  • JUN 23, 2021 11:10 PM IST

    NZ win WTC title

    That's it, New Zealand have won. Ross Taylor hits the winning runs and what a shot that was. A booming flick shot for a four. The New Zealand players in the balcony are jumping in joy. We have the winners of the inaugural World Test Championship and it's NEW ZEALAND!

  • JUN 23, 2021 11:01 PM IST

    Ishant walking off

    Ishant Sharma is walking off the field. Looks like he hurt his finger while attempting to stop that one on his follow through.

  • JUN 23, 2021 10:58 PM IST

    Fifty for Williamson

    FOUR! Williamson pulls it away to the boundary and that will be his fifty. What an innings this has been from the captain. New Zealand need only 6 runs to win the match and the WTC title.

  • JUN 23, 2021 10:52 PM IST

    Williamson starts to score quickly

    FOUR! Whipped away by Williamson and what timing, no stopping that one. You just get the feeling that Williamson and Taylor have just decided to finish this off a bit quickly now. New Zealand need 14 more.

  • JUN 23, 2021 10:45 PM IST

    NZ need 28 runs in 12 overs

    Another over goes by, New Zealand take 2 runs. They need 28 runs in the last 12 overs. Shouldn't they be attacking a bit more? Taylor and Williamson maybe don't wanna take any chances

  • JUN 23, 2021 10:32 PM IST

    Drinks Break

    New Zealand's score has reached 104/2 and Bumrah is going to bowl the first over after the break.

  • JUN 23, 2021 10:23 PM IST

    100 up for New Zealand

    Taylor hit a four off Bumrah to take NZ's score past 100. They now need less than 40 runs to win. It feels just like a matter of time before it happens.

  • JUN 23, 2021 10:18 PM IST

    Fifty partnership

    FOUR! Fifty partnership between Williamson and Ross Taylor, perhaps one of the most crucial 50 runs of their careers. Jadeja fires it on Williamson's pads, he gets bat on to it and the ball races away to the fine leg boundary.

  • JUN 23, 2021 10:13 PM IST

    Oh nasty

    Where did that came from? That took off from nowhere. That ball just climbed from a good length and hit Ross Taylor straight on the helmet. Bumrah just has a polite inquiry about Taylor's well being. The physio come in for a routine check up, doesn't look anything serious.

  • JUN 23, 2021 10:03 PM IST

    Glorious Williamson, NZ 89/2

    FOUR! Bring out the cameras, tell the youngsters to watch this in a loop. That is majestic from Williamson. Pitched up from Bumrah, Williamson drives it on the up with his high elbow and makes perfect connection. NZ need only 50 to win now.

  • JUN 23, 2021 09:59 PM IST


    Edged and taken... NO! It's dropped by Pujara at first slip. It was a sitter. Bumrah has his hands on his head. The rest of the fielders are shell shocked. Bumrah drew Taylor into a defensive push, got the outside edge only for Pujara to drop the catch. Is that it for India?

  • JUN 23, 2021 09:53 PM IST

    NZ need 55 more runs now

    FOUR! It's all too easy for New Zealand all of a sudden. Jadeja just drags it down and Williamson is quick to jump on the backfoot and cut it with disdain. It looks like one way traffic at the moment.

  • JUN 23, 2021 09:47 PM IST

    Pant has left the field

    Rishabh Pant has just left the field and we hear Ian Bishop saying in the commentary that he is feeling unwell. Sso Wriddhiman Saha is on as the substitute keeper.

  • JUN 23, 2021 09:42 PM IST

    Bowling change

    First sign of Ravindra Jadeja in the second innings and perhaps Virat Kohli's last throw of the dice to prize out a wicket in this WTC final.

  • JUN 23, 2021 09:38 PM IST

    Taylor cuts it for four, NZ 69/2

    FOUR! Poor from Ishant. It was short, it was wide and it sat up for Taylor to cut it through cover point for an easy boundary. India have been loose since the drinks and Williamson and Taylor have taken full advantage of it.

  • JUN 23, 2021 09:32 PM IST

    Williamson joins the party

    FOUR, Williamson finally manages to find the gap. He hit it straight to the fielder twice or thrice in this over but this time he makes good contact and more importantly finds the gap. No stopping that one. NZ 64/2

  • JUN 23, 2021 09:27 PM IST

    Taylor showing his class, NZ 60/2

    Two boundaries in the over and both from Ross Taylor's bat. After the drinks break, Taylor has hit three fours in 10 deliveries. Was there a message from the dressing room?

  • JUN 23, 2021 09:24 PM IST

    Taylor breaks the shackles

    FOUR! First runs in 25 balls and it's a boundary from Taylor's bat. Short and wide from Shami, Taylor does well to just open the face of his bat to cut it past gully. Fifty up for New Zealand.

  • JUN 23, 2021 09:18 PM IST

    NZ 46/2, drinks break

    Hat-trick of maidens. Two-in-row from Ashwin, one from Shami in between. This is superb stuff from India. They are putting immense pressure on New Zealand's two most experienced batsmen - Williamson and Taylor. The umpires signal for a drinks break.

  • JUN 23, 2021 09:14 PM IST

    Slow run-rate

    NZ have scored only 46 runs in 21 overs that they have played. Great display of bowling by the Indian bowlers.

  • JUN 23, 2021 09:09 PM IST

    NZ nearing 50

    NZ are inching towards the fifty mark with Williamson and Taylor on the crease. They would hope that their most capped players can take them to victory in this match.

  • JUN 23, 2021 08:58 PM IST


    Ashwin has picked up another wicket. He has sent Conway back to the pavilion. NZ 44/2

  • JUN 23, 2021 08:54 PM IST

    Late swing

    Shami's ball is swinging late and could prove to be dangerous. He has been the most effective bowler for India in Southampton.

  • JUN 23, 2021 08:49 PM IST

    Decision reversed

    DRS showed that the ball was missing the stumps. Reprieve for Williamson.

  • JUN 23, 2021 08:48 PM IST

    Another wicket

    Ashwin has picked up the wicket of Kane Williamson. The NZ captain was trying to sweep Ashwin but it struck the front left of the batsman. DRS has been taken.

  • JUN 23, 2021 08:38 PM IST


    India have their first wicket of the day. Ashwin has sent back Latham again. He tossed it up in the air and Latham stepped down the pitch. He missed the line and Pant did the rest. NZ 33/1

  • JUN 23, 2021 08:35 PM IST

    Problem for India

    India need wickets to get into the Test match and that what New Zealand are doing best to hold on to. They have reached 33 runs without the loss of any wicket.

  • JUN 23, 2021 08:29 PM IST

    Ashwin into the attack

    Virat Kohli has introduced Ashwin into the attack. He was the one to break the opening partnership in the first innings, can he do it again?

  • JUN 23, 2021 08:21 PM IST

    Post-Tea session begins

    NZ openers Tom Latham and Devon Conway begin last session of the match. Will they crush India's hopes or will India make a comeback?

  • JUN 23, 2021 07:57 PM IST

    Time for Tea

    New Zealand are batting at 19 runs for the loss of no wickets when they head for Tea. They need another 120 runs to win.

  • JUN 23, 2021 07:48 PM IST

    NZ are favourites

    47 overs are left and NZ need 125 runs with 10 wickets in hand. Any prizes for guessing who might be the favourite to win?

  • JUN 23, 2021 07:41 PM IST

    2 runs for Latham

    Tom Latham has got off the mark with a double of Ishant Sharma.

  • JUN 23, 2021 07:32 PM IST

    3 overs, 1 run

    Three overs and only one run has been scored. Sign of things to come?

  • JUN 23, 2021 07:25 PM IST

    Shami into the attack

    This time Shami will bowl with the new ball instead of Jasprit Bumrah in the second innings.

  • JUN 23, 2021 07:21 PM IST

    Tough job for Indian bowlers

    Indian bowlers will have a tough job at hand as they defend a target of just 139 runs. Ishant Sharma is bowling the first over.

  • JUN 23, 2021 07:10 PM IST

    NZ bowl out India

    NZ bowlers have bowled India out for just 170 runs. Southee gets the wicket of Bumrah at the end. NZ get a target of 139 runs to win the first-ever WTC.

  • JUN 23, 2021 07:02 PM IST

    Indian tailenders do much score much

    Indian tail lenders haven't been able to contribute much to India's cause recently. It has put India in trouble but can they change their approach in this game. It would be difficult to the quality of the opposition bowling attack.

  • JUN 23, 2021 06:57 PM IST

    Shami hits a boundary

    Mohammed Shami has contributed some useful runs for India. Any runs are bonus for them at this stage.

  • JUN 23, 2021 06:55 PM IST

    Ashwin also departs

    India are in big trouble now as eighth wicket has fallen with score reading 156/8. Ashwin edged one to the slips. India lead only by 124 runs.

  • JUN 23, 2021 06:50 PM IST


    Pant tried to heave Boult for a big one but edged it high up in the air. Nicholls had to run back some distance to take the catch. Big jolt for India.

  • JUN 23, 2021 06:41 PM IST

    Southee replaces Wagner

    Williamson has introduced Tim Southee into the attack instead of Wagner.

  • JUN 23, 2021 06:34 PM IST

    Pant and Ashwin taking on NZ bowlers

    Ashwin and Pant are not going to hold back when it comes to their batting. NZ are bowling short and they are taking it on.

  • JUN 23, 2021 06:26 PM IST

    Ashwin off the mark

    NZ have a strategy against Ashwin. They are bowling short to him with a leg-side field but Ashwin is not the one to back off. He is taking him on but it feels like a big trap set up by NZ.

  • JUN 23, 2021 06:16 PM IST


    Wagner has got the better of Jadeja. He bowled a delivery outside off and Jadeja fished for it and edged it to Watling. India 142/6

  • JUN 23, 2021 06:04 PM IST

    Reverse-sweep by Pant

    First ball that Wagner bowled, Pant was ready with a reverse-sweep. He took a single. Entertaining stuff from Pant.

  • JUN 23, 2021 06:03 PM IST

    What a delivery

    Jadeja was expecting a out-swinging delivery but Jamieson surprised him with an inswinging ball. Jadeja was completely flummoxed.

  • JUN 23, 2021 05:50 PM IST

    100 lead for India

    Pant and Jadeja have taken India's lead past 100. Next 100 runs will be crucial.

  • JUN 23, 2021 05:47 PM IST

    One run off Jamieson over

    Pant managed to take a single in the Jamieson over. Will there be an attacking approach from the Indian batters in this session?

  • JUN 23, 2021 05:42 PM IST

    Players out in the middle

    Jamieson is bowling the first over of the second session with Pant on strike.

  • JUN 23, 2021 05:02 PM IST


    India have lost five wickets when umpires called for Lunch. They are 98 runs ahead of New Zealand.

  • JUN 23, 2021 05:00 PM IST

    India lead reaches 98

    Jadeja and Pant have taken India's lead to 98. They both have scored quickly since Rahane's wicket.

  • JUN 23, 2021 04:48 PM IST

    Jadeja and Pant score quickly

    Both Jadeja and Pant are attacking batsmen, they score runs quickly in this session. India could be in a strong position if these two stay in the middle for the next 10 overs.

  • JUN 23, 2021 04:43 PM IST

    First runs for Jadeja

    Jadeja has got off the mark with a double of Wagner. In the next over, Jadeja clipped Boult for a boundary.

  • JUN 23, 2021 04:39 PM IST

    Ball missing the stumps

    NZ have lost a review as the ball was missing the stumps.

  • JUN 23, 2021 04:38 PM IST


    The ball from Wagner struck Pant's front leg as he was across. Wagner was interested and NZ took a review after the umpire turned down the appeal.

  • JUN 23, 2021 04:34 PM IST


    Rahane has again been dismissed in an unlucky way. He faintly gloved a ball down the leg-side. Rahane goes for 15. India 109/5

  • JUN 23, 2021 04:27 PM IST

    100 up for India

    Pant's misque in the next over got India past 100. India now lead by 71 runs.

  • JUN 23, 2021 04:26 PM IST

    India reach 99

    Rahane hit a beautiful leg glance which was stopped by the outfielder from going for a four.

  • JUN 23, 2021 04:11 PM IST


    Pant is showing intent. He has stepped down the pitch and hit Wagner for a boundary at long-off.

  • JUN 23, 2021 04:01 PM IST

    Can Pant fire again?

    Pant has scored his first boundary of the day. India needs Pant to deliver in the WTC final. He can change the complexion of the match single-handedly. But can do it again for India? Remains to be seen.

  • JUN 23, 2021 03:53 PM IST

    India in a spot of bother

    With two early blows on the last day of the WTC final, India need to steady the ship now as a score of at least 200 should be targeted.

  • JUN 23, 2021 03:50 PM IST

    Cheteshwar Pujara’s bad form continues

    This is his 6th consecutive score below 30 runs in Tests out of which 3 have been single-digit scores including this one.

  • JUN 23, 2021 03:45 PM IST

    Southee to Pant - FOUR

    First boundary for Rishabh Pant on this Test match. Short and wide, Pant cuts it through gully or a boundary.

  • JUN 23, 2021 03:41 PM IST

    WTC Final: Stats Alert!

    Kyle Jamieson dismisses Kohli for the 2nd time in the match. He becomes the 3rd NZ bowler to dismiss Kohli twice in a match after Trent Boult at Kolkata and Jeetan Patel at Indore both in 2016.

  • JUN 23, 2021 03:40 PM IST

    OUT! Pujara departs for 15

    WICKET! Kyle Jamieson is on fire. Pujara was doubtful, he was hesitant in the forward defence. A fine outside edge and Taylor takes the at first slip. IND: 72/4, lead by 44 runs.

  • JUN 23, 2021 03:28 PM IST

    WICKET! Jamieson gets Kohli

    The Kohli vs Jamieson rivalry continues. Indian skipper nicks a short of a length delivery outside off and gets caught behind by Watling. IND: 71/3, lead by 39 runs.

  • JUN 23, 2021 03:22 PM IST

    WTC Final: Kohli, Pujara look strong

    Captain Kohli and Pujara have been batting patiently against the Kiwi pacers under the sun. All they need is to keep batting, avoid any casualty and put up a solid stand. IND: 71/2, lead by 39 runs.

  • JUN 23, 2021 03:15 PM IST

    WTC Final: Most matches by Indian captain in Tests

    Virat Kohli: 61*

    MS Dhoni: 60

    Sourav Ganguly: 49

    Azharuddin: 47

    Sunil Gavaskar: 47

  • JUN 23, 2021 03:07 PM IST

    Great start to India on Reserve Day

    Kohli, Pujara get in action in the first over of the sixth day. They steal 4 runs from Southee's over. Both look good at the moment. IND: 68/2, lead by 36 runs

  • JUN 23, 2021 03:04 PM IST

    IND vs NZ, WTC Final: Play begins

    Indian captain Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara walk out to bat. India resume innings at 64 for 2, with a 32-run lead over New Zealand. Tim Southee begins the proceedings for New Zealand.

  • JUN 23, 2021 02:56 PM IST

    WTC Final: Kohli getting ready for the final day

    Captain Virat Kohli is out on the field and taking throwdowns. He will walk out to bat along with Cheteshwar Pujara with India at 64 for 2. Can he step up with a big innings today? Live action begins shortly at the Rose Bowl.

  • JUN 23, 2021 02:49 PM IST

    'It'll be a batting day today': Sunil Gavaskar

    It's a fabulous day out here today. The sight has been pretty depressing in the last four days. But with the sun out today, it was very cheerful. Today could be the batting day. The last four days we have seen, it's been pretty much the bowlers who have dominated with the overcast condition. But today, it will be a batting day.

  • JUN 23, 2021 02:40 PM IST

    Reserve Day session timings: Here's how they look like

    Session 1: 3PM to 5PM

    Session 2: 5:40 PM to 7:55 PM

    Session 3: 8:15 PM to 10:30 PM

  • JUN 23, 2021 02:31 PM IST

    IND vs NZ WTC Final: Pitch Report

    "Nicest day we've had throughout the Test. Should be relatively easy for batting. Probably got a draw written all over it, but it's a funny old game," reckons Sunil Gavaskar and Simon Doull on Star Sports.

  • JUN 23, 2021 02:26 PM IST

    WTC Final Live: Southampton Weather Forecast

    Southampton weather prediction or Wednesday (AccuWeather)
    Southampton weather prediction or Wednesday (AccuWeather)

    No rain in Southampton today. Isn't it great news? Good weather means a lot of action guaranteed at the Rose Bowl

  • JUN 23, 2021 02:20 PM IST

    'Brilliant exhibition of seam and swing bowling from Shami': Shami

    "He is a great exponent of reverse swing bowling. As the match progresses in sub-continent the wicket becomes aggressive. That means the reverse swing is on offer for bowlers like Shami. It was s sensational spell from him yesterday. He was good, he was hitting the bat on third day evening but not getting the wickets. The reason he got four wickets yesterday because he changed the length and also not hesitated to hit a bouncer to Jamieson. He realised that Jamieson will be going to free his arms so he surprised with those short pitch deliveries. Brilliant exhibition of seam and swing bowling from Shami," said Laxman on Star Sports.

  • JUN 23, 2021 02:11 PM IST

    India aim have back-up runs on final day: Shami

    “We have to score as many as possible and then see how much time is left to put them in and decide accordingly. In conditions like England, anything can happen but we simply can’t have a pre-plan in mind that we can get them out in this many overs. You need time to get 10 wickets and some solid plans in place. But first, we need to enough back-up runs,” Shami on India's batting.

  • JUN 23, 2021 01:59 PM IST

    8 years to India's WCT 2013 triumph

    In 2013, MS Dhoni led India to a nail-biting win over hosts England and clinched the Champions Trophy. After 8 years, once again the Indian team is here in England chasing an ICC Trophy. The likes of Kohli, Ashwin, Ishant Sharma were the part of the victorious Indian side. Can they do it again?

  • JUN 23, 2021 01:53 PM IST

    Shami's brilliance on Day 5

    Mohammed Shami was all-over on the fifth day of the WTC Final. The seamer ran through the New Zealand's middle order, starting with Ross Taylor's dismissal in the first session and then castling BJ Watling. After lunch, he hunted down Colin de Grandhomme and Kyle Jamieson give an edge to India over the Kiwis.

  • JUN 23, 2021 01:47 PM IST

    WTC final: What if the match ends in a draw

    Just to remind you, that in case if the final of the WTC final ends in a draw, both teams - India and New Zealand - would share the trophy. To extract a result, both sides have to come out with a plan. The one who performs loosens the grip, misses out in a chance to bet the World Test Champions.

  • JUN 23, 2021 01:35 PM IST

    All eyes on Virat Kohli

    It's going to be a tough task for the Indian captain as he will be expected to hold the fort against a potent Kiwi attack on the final day. Unlike the first innings, the conditions will be different and Kohli could be the gamechanger if India wish to force a result. He is currently unbeaten on 8 and a crucial innings is expected from the run machine.

  • JUN 23, 2021 01:24 PM IST

    Weatherman DK gives update

    'We are clear for the FINAL Day!' - says Dinesh Karthik from Southampton.

  • JUN 23, 2021 01:18 PM IST

    IND vs NZ WTC Final: Score Update

    India: 217 & 62/2

    New Zealand: 249

    India lead New Zealand by 32 runs

  • JUN 23, 2021 01:08 PM IST

    ICC WTC Final IND vs NZ Reserve Day Live

    Hello and welcome to the live blog of ICC WTC Final between India and New Zealand in Southampton. It's the final day of the match, (the reserve day rather) which is going to be a hell of an entertainer. The weather is clear, the sun is out and we will witness a full day's play. Skipper Virat Kohli, along with Cheteshwar Pujara, will walk out to bat and resume the innings on 64/2. India lead New Zealand by 32 runs.

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