Kane Williamson & Co become the first winners of the inaugural WTC which is a historical achievement for the New Zealand squad. After registering a scintillating victory, the New Zealand captain, Kane Williamson applauded his side for showing great determination in the marquee clash. Kane Williamson said that his team has shown a great heart in the summit clash & he also congratulated all the players for playing a crucial role in the massive win.
Captain Williamson & Ross Taylor played unbeaten knocks off 52 & 47 runs to beat India by eight wickets & clinch the inaugural WTC final at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Wednesday. “It’s a special feeling. It’s nice to get one under the belt. I’d like to thank Virat and the Indian team. The heart that our team showed was commendable. It’s the first time we have come away with a world title, and the 22 players who played a big part in getting across the line deserve all the appreciation. This will be remembered for a long time,” Williamson said in the post-match conference.
“We don’t always have all the stars, and we saw that in this match. We saw so much heart and commitment. We know how strong the Indian side is, in all conditions. It’s a fickle game, in a one-off final. It ebbed and flowed, no one really had the upper hand for six days, and I’m happy we’re on the right side of it,” he added.
Complete focus & sheer efforts on the Reserve Day helped the Black Caps to have an edge over India who fell cheaply in the second innings. New Zealand made complete use of its 32 runs lead & restricted India for 170 in the second innings to walk away with an average target of 139 runs. In the end, the kiwis’ batsmen showed great intent with the bat & ended up sealing a prestigious victory.
“It was certainly tough going in the first innings. The lower order played with more freedom and got us a lead that gave us an edge. Ross is obviously very experienced and calm in these situations and it was great to be with him right there at the end. BJ Watling – I don’t know if he’s retiring anymore actually,” said Williamson. “He’s a scrappy player, so this is a fitting end to a fantastic career for BJ Watling,” added Williamson.
Earlier Tim Southee scalped four wickets to bundle out India for 170 in the second innings on the Reserve day. Kiwi’s lead of 32 runs meant that they require just 139 runs in 153 overs to win the inaugural WTC Final trophy. Williamson & Taylor with great determination stitched 96 runs stand to chase the target & guide Black Caps to a comfy win.
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