The ICC World Test Championship final will be played between June 18-22 in Southampton. The Kiwis enter the final as the top-ranked Test team after their Test series win against England while India are placed at number two.
The winner of the final will be considered as the best team in Test cricket at the moment. Previously teams like West Indies and Australia reigned in the format but they were not recognized with something like this. Thus the tournament is an effort to praise the teams for their performances in the format.
Both India and New Zealand played some fantastic cricket to get to the final. New Zealand beat teams like India, West Indies, and Pakistan to reach the finals. They became the first team to reach the final after Australia postponed their tour to South Africa over COVID-19 concerns.
India, on the other hand, beat teams like England and Australia after losing to the Kiwis to kickstart their World Test Championship campaign.
India vs New Zealand WTC Final- Match Prediction
India and New Zealand first played against each other in a bilateral series in 1975/76. Since then they have had a friendly relationship off the pitch but they played with a competitive approach on the field. In the last Test series played between the two teams New Zealand best India 2-0 which started India’s WTC campaign.
Total Matches Played-59
India Won- 21
Average First Innings Score- 337
Average Second Innings Score-280
Average Third Innings Score- 262
Average Fourth Innings Score- 187
Who Will Score Most Runs-Virat Kohli/Cheteshwar Pujara
Who Will Take Most Wickets-Jasprit Bumrah/Ravichandran Ashwin
Who Will Score Most Runs- Kane Williamson/Ross Taylor
Who Will take Most Wickets-Trent Boult/Tim Southee
Who Will Win The Match-Match Prediction
India have an overall better record against the Kiwis. However, the ICC World Test Championship final is an altogether different ball game with the pressure to win for both teams is paramount. What works to New Zealand’s advantage is that they have played two competitive games heading into the final.
India, on the other hand, has found enough time to prepare themselves for the big final. They have played an intrasquad game with their batsmen and bowlers getting a good hitout in the park. Thus, New Zealand holds the edge over India in the final.
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