New Zealand on Wednesday scripted history as they defeated India by eight wickets in the inaugural World Test Championship final at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. Chasing a 139-run target to win the marquee event, skipper Kane Williamson (52*) and senior batsman Ross Taylor (47*) stitched together a brilliant partnership, which was also aided by a couple of drop catches, and took the trophy home.
On the sixth and final day, India had yet another batting collapse with only 170 runs in their second innings leaving New Zealand with a rather easy target.
Tim Southee (4/48) did the early damage with his swing bowling, Neil Wagner (1/44) bowled those hard "rib cage" overs coming round the stumps and Trent Boult (3/44) with his ability to bring it back into the left-hander made it for amazing few hours of Test cricket.
And then, India's nemesis Kyle Jamieson (2/30), who again got his "bunny" Virat Kohli, third time in three Tests and twice in one to make it an icing on the cake.
Rishabh Pant fought for two and half hours for his 41 but it was more intent and less content as a cavalier devil may care approach didn't get him too many runs.
For India, R Ashwin took both the wickets in the last innings, however, it wasn't enough as the other bowlers were not able to rise to the ocassion.
India: 217 and 170 all out in 73 overs. (Rishabh Pant 41, Rohit Sharma 30; Tim Southee 4/48, Trent Boult 3/39, Kyle Jamieson 2/30).
New Zealand: 249 and 140 for 2 in 45.5 overs. (K Williamson 52 not out, R Taylor 47 not out; R Ashwin 2/17).