The 2019-2021 ICC World Test Championship is a new edition of Test cricket organized by ICC. It started on 1st August 2019 with the first Test of the 2019 Ashes series, and finished with the Final at the Rose Bowl, Southampton in June 18th, 2021.
A total of 9 nations participated in this tournament ( South Africa, West Indies, India , Australia, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka). All of the teams have played six series.
On 2nd February 2021, due to the Covid pandemic, Australia postponed their away series against South Africa, resulting in a guaranteed berth in the final for New Zealand. On 6th march 2021, India also confirmed its participation in final, after beating England by 3–1 in a home test series. Australia missed out on a place in the final due to points deduction for a slow over rate.
So the table topped two teams India and New Zealand faced each other in Southampton, England on final.
On the day of final New Zealand captain Kane Williamson (ICC ranked 2nd best Batsman) won the toss and chose to bowl first.
Unfortunately due to heavy rain on the very first day the test got postponed and ICC decided to make this series a six-day play.
On the second day, India got a fresh start with Rohit Sharma’s 34(68) and Shubman Gill’s 28(64). Second day finished with Kohli’s (C) well played knock of (44) and Ajinkya Rahane’s (VC) (28). End of the day India scored 146 runs for 3.
The third day of the final test, India packed in 217 runs in just 92.1 overs. At the centre of the action was Kyle Jamieson who picked his fifth five-wicket haul to send India packing. Tom Latham(30) and Devon Conway(40) gave a great start to New Zealand with the partnership of 70 runs on the board. Ashwin took the first wicket of Latham on 30 (104),and great catch caught by Kohli on the short area. Then Ishant Sharma took his first wicket by taking Conway’s 54(153) wicket by giving an easy catch to Mohammad Shami on the left of mid on area. Devon Conway’s wicket will help India breathe a little easy. At the end of the day New Zealand scored 101 for 2 wickets in 49 overs. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor were batting on 12(37) and 0(2) respectively when bad light forced early stumps.
On the fourth day of the test , play was abandoned even before it could start due to relentless rain in Southampton.
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Fifth day was very crucial for India and New Zealand. Resuming on 101/2, the Kiwis played out the first hour of the day safely, before Ishant and Shami got into the act to have NZ 135/5 at the lunch interval. With the second new ball, Ishant and Shami continued the good work and bowled out New Zealand for 249, with a 32 runs lead. In response, India lost Shubman Gill early, he trapped by Southee’s in swinger ball and out on LBW for just 8(33), then Rohit Sharma tool the session a long but failed to do that because of Tim Southee’s in swinger ball and out on 30(81) but eventually managed to inch to a second-innings lead. Virat Kohli 8(12)* and Pujara 12(55) took India to 64/2 after 30 overs, meaning India lead by 32 runs by the end of the day’s play.