The New Zealand cricket team is all set to lock horns with India in the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final 2021. The ICC WTC final match between India and New Zealand will begin on June 18 at The Rose Bowl cricket stadium in Southampton, England. New Zealand was the first team to book a place in the final of the ICC World Test Championship. At the conclusion of the tournament, New Zealand finished on the 2nd spot in the ICC World Test Championship points table.
During their journey to the ICC World Test Championship final, New Zealand played 5 bilateral Test series. In 11 matches, New Zealand won 7 and lost 4. The Kane Williamson-side faced Sri Lanka, Australia, India, West Indies, and Pakistan during their road to the finale of the ICC World Test Championship. Here we will relive New Zealand’s journey in the ICC World Test Championship tournament and take a look at New Zealand’s road to the ICC World Test Championship final.
New Zealand’s Road To The ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Final 2021
New Zealand Halts Sri Lanka At 1-1 In Away Series
New Zealand started their ICC World Test Championship journey with a tie in a Test series against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka defeated visitors New Zealand in the first Test but the Kane Williamson-side bounced back with a superb victory in the 2nd Test. In the first Test, New Zealand were bowled out for 249 in the 1st innings and 285 in the 2nd innings. Sri Lanka scored 267 in the 1st innings and won the match by 6 wickets after chasing 268 runs target in 2nd innings.
In the 2nd Test, New Zealand bowled out Sri Lanka for 244. With centuries by Tom Lathan (154) and BJ Watling (105), New Zealand scored 431-6 in the 1st innings. Later, New Zealand bowled Sri Lanka for 122 and won the match by an innings and 65 runs. BJ Watling was awarded player of the series for scoring 183 runs in two games.