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Virat Kohli hugs Kane Williamson. Image-TOI

Last Update on: June 28th, 2021 at 07:41 pm

New Zealand seamer Kane Williamson has said that India had an equal chance going into the final day of the World Test Championship final and that any result was possible on the sixth day despite India losing the key wickets of Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara.

Going into the sixth day, the World Test Championship final was on a knife-edge with India leading by just 32 runs in the second innings and eight wickets at their disposal.

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Virat Kohli and Kyle Jamieson (Image Credit: Twitter)

However, New Zealand wrestled the initiative decisively by claiming the wickets of Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara in quick succession courtesy of Kyle Jamieson.

Williamson reckoned that the Indian team counterattacked after the dismissals of Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara to give themselves a fair shot at the title.

“For us it was very much going in the day, expecting every result was realistic and trying to do as well as we could. Nothing different from the last few days and see how games unfurl and opportunity arises. It was great to take early wickets on that, that set up more chances of result on that day. India team counter-attacked after that, India had a fair shot too. Surface was offering to bowlers. It was intense for us,” Kane Williamson told India Today.

Ultimately, it did not pay off as India kept losing wickets at regular intervals to eventually get bowled out for a mere 170, setting New Zealand a target of 138 in 53 overs.

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New Zealand lost both their openers cheaply during their run-chase but the cool-and-collected Kane Williamson, who scored an unbeaten half-century and the experienced Ross Taylor ensured that there were no further hiccups as the BlackCaps coasted to an eight-wicket win to claim the maiden ICC World Test Championship title.

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