New Zealand captain Tim Southee has expressed disappointment at the two-match Test series against Pakistan ending in a draw. Bad light played a part in both Tests as the hosts escaped with a draw, leaving the Kiwis a bit frustrated. In the first Test, New Zealand needed 77 runs for victory with nine wickets in hand when the game was called off. In the second Test, the Kiwis were only one wicket away from victory, despite Sarfaraz Ahmed’s brilliant ton. However, Pakistan’s last-wicket pair of Naseem Shah and Abrar Ahmed hung on to secure a draw for the hosts.
New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee has admitted that India are a very dangerous batting lineup and that the Kiwi bowlers will have to be on top of their game to do well. New Zealand will face India in the World Test Championship (WTC) final in Southampton from June 18. Expressing his admiration for Team India opener Rohit Sharma at a virtual press conference, Southee added that there are others who can make a difference as well.
With less than two weeks to go for the World Test Championship Final, cricket fans are eagerly awaiting the summit clash between the top two ranked sides. Senior players like Pujara, Rahane, Ashwin, who only play test match cricket, have compared the WTC Final to be an equivalent of a World Cup Final. No doubt players from both the sides will look to give their 100 percent when they take the field. For now, we’ll have a look at a few of the match ups that we can expect from the match -
Unlike the Dunedin Test, which was completely dominated by the Kiwis, the Hamilton Test was much more competitive. Yet, New Zealand found their way out through troubled situations, and registered a five-wicket triumph to clinch the series 2-0