New Delhi: The final match of the first World Test Championship being organized by the ICC is to be played in Southampton on 18 June. Now only a few days are left for this historic final match to be played, but on Sunday, the New Zealand team gave a big blow to the Indian team before this historic final match.
New Zealand's team beat England at home for the first time in 22 years with an 8-wicket win against England in the second Test at Edgbaston on Sunday, beating India in the ICC Test rankings for Tests. They have become the number 1 team.
The Kiwis now have 123 rating points and have occupied the first position, while the Indian team is now in second place with 121 rating points. Along with this, the third-ranked England team has also lost a place and has reached the fourth position with 107 points, while Australia has gained one place and has reached the third position.
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While, the Indian team had secured the first position in the Test rankings by defeating England 3-1 at home, but now the Kiwi team has regained it again. It is worth noting that in the final match of the Test Championship, whichever team wins first place.
New Zealand's team made 6 changes in the second match of the series against England and won by 8 wickets on the strength of their young players. The Kiwi team had earlier done the job of defeating England at their home in 1999.
However, the first Test match of the series played at Lord's was drawn after rain interruption, after which in the second Test, England's team batted first and scored a mammoth score of 303 runs. In reply, the Kiwis scored 388 runs and took a lead of 85 runs. England's team batted very poorly in the second innings and lost their 7 wickets for just 76 runs and the remaining 3 wickets could only take a lead of 37 runs.
England's team made 122 runs in the second innings. The target of 38 runs in front of the Kiwi team, chasing it, New Zealand team scored 41 runs in 10.1 overs the loss of 2 wickets and won an easy 8-wicket victory. In the second match, Kane Williamson was not playing in this match due to injury and Tom Latham was captaining the team in his place.