New Zealand registered a thrashing 8-wicket win over India and pulled off a win in the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) title at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Wednesday. With just three runs needed for the win, Ross Taylor smashed Mohammed Shami towards the square-leg fence for a boundary to wrap up the win for New Zealand. Ross Taylor remained unbeaten on 47 while New Zealand skipper was not out on 52 as the Kiwis chased down the target of 139 runs with eight wickets in hand.
It was another heartbreak for the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli under whom India suffered another defeat in a big ICC knockout game. Previously, India suffered a loss in the Champions Trophy final in 2017 and the semi-final of the 50-over World Cup in 2019 with Kohli as the captain of the side.
In the match, India got bundled out for 217 after being sent in to bat by Kane Williamson after the first day’s play was washed out due to rain in Southampton. Rain again made its presence felt in the summit clash as even on Day 4 the play was called off without delivering a single ball.
New Zealand posted 249 runs in their first innings, taking a lead of 32 runs. In reply, India suffered a dramatic collapse on the final day of the match and was bundled out for 170. Chasing 139 for the win, Williamson and Taylor steered their team home comfortably as New Zealand won their first major ICC trophy.
Meanwhile, New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham took to Twitter to apologize for teh disgusting behavior of Kiwi fans. It all started when one of the Indian fans took to Twitter to praise the Kiwi after their win over India. One of the Indian fans had tweeted, “Congratulations NZ cricket team for winning WTC finals 👏 BTW what type of Celebration this is ? Disgusting ! Never expected this from NZ peoples 😑.”
Congratulations NZ cricket team for winning WTC finals 👏
BTW what type of Celebration this is ? Disgusting ! Never expected this from NZ peoples 😑 pic.twitter.com/yaW0OATDiL
— KingKp (@KAMLESH32169951) June 24, 2021
Meanwhile, the tweet went viral and it also caught the attention of Jimmy Neesham and quote tweeting it, he wrote: “Yes, I apologize for this absolutely disgusting behavior. How dare people checks notes wave their t-shirts around.”
Yes I apologise for this absolutely disgusting behaviour. How dare people *checks notes* wave their t-shirts around https://t.co/zjSDFrZ8RW
— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) June 24, 2021