Captain Virat Kohli and his team could not win over the New Zealand team in the first match of the ICC World Test Championship. The win in the opening of the two-match took the Black Caps 1-0 up in the series. Tom Blundell and Tom Latham took just ten deliveries to chase a target of nine runs. This time New Zealand registered its 100th Test victory. The match was arranged in Wellington.
Indian captain Virat Kohli after the match said the loss of the toss, “turned out to very important”.
“Day 1, the toss did turn out to be very important. But at the same time, we take a lot of pride in being competitive as a batting unit, and we were just not competitive enough. I don’t think we put their bowlers under enough pressure. Anything over 220-230 and we would have been talking a different language,” he added.
India could manage only 47 runs, on Day 4 as Trent Boult and Tim Southee ran through the Indian batting line-up in the first session. On the other side, Tim Southee removed Jasprit Bumrah for a duck and claimed his 10th five-wicket haul in the most extended format of the game.
India lost for the first time in the ICC World Test Championship. Tim Southee was the man of the match as he took a total of nine wickets that set up the victory for the hosts. New Zealand won the toss and invited India in overcast conditions.
Ajinkya Rahane was the top-scorer for India in the first innings with a fighting knock of 46. Kane William scored 89 runs, but it was the last three wickets that created the major difference between the two sides. Indian skipper Virat Kohli could only manage a total of 21 runs in the match. Both the teams will travel to Christchurch for the second Test, starting on Saturday.