NZ beat India in WTC Final

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    New Zealand have won the World Test Championship Final, beating India by 8 wickets in Southampton.

    Resuming its 2nd innings today on 64/2, India had a woeful showing with the bat.

    They added just 106 runs and were bowled out for 170, despite a fighting 41 from Rishabh Pant.

    Tim Southee took 4/48, while Trent Boult grabbed 3/39.

    Given New Zealand’s small first innings lead, the winning target was 139 runs off a minimum of 53 overs.

    Despite losing their opening pair early, the Kiwis were steadied and taken past the line by skipper Kane Williamson (52*) and Ross Taylor (47*).

    Speaking with Sky Sports after the match, Ross Taylor said:

    “It’s still sinking in. This journey’s been a long time coming and to be there at the end with Kane at the end in a pressure situation is something I’ll never forget. It has to be the highlight of my career, being able to say we’re world champions. It wasn’t easy out there but we knew we had to stick in and it would get easier. It’s a classy India side and they put us under real pressure.”