India 217/10 & 170/10 (73 ov)
New Zealand 249/10 & 140/2 (45.5 ov)
New Zealand won by 8 wickets
Player of the match: Kyle Jamieson
A rain-curtailed final but that didn't stop us from being entertained by some excellent Test cricket. New Zealand took the early driving seat as they won the toss and restricted India to 217 after a washed-out Day 1. The Indians came back fighting as well to the pressure back on New Zealand but the 30-run lead provided by New Zealand's tail might have been the pivotal moment in this game.

The rain made its return on Day 3 and 4, to wash out another day and leave this match hanging finely in the balance. Looking back at the second innings, it's not too hard to understand what went wrong. India under Kohli's leadership have never needed a second invitation to go for a victory. It's something that epitomizes Kohli, the sportsman, and this Indian side that has been number one in Test cricket.

Alas, today wasn't their day. Nothing to take away from New Zealand. They stepped out in the moments that mattered and were the superior side in this one-off contest. Should it have been a one-off contest? That's a learning for the organizers. At the moment, the nation from down under are on top of the world. They'll head back with the mace and their first ICC title. Certainly a mammoth occasion for the country. 

Much to look forward to for the Indian team. They'll look to put this disappointment behind them quickly and move forward to a five-match series against England in a month's time. 

On the other hand, a calm and collected skipper, with experienced players and some giants in their side. A keeper that wouldn't leave the field despite a finger dislocation and a fast-bowler that continues to steam in with two broken toes. This New Zealand side epitomized hard work and the nice guys of cricket finally have their hands on a trophy.

On that note, its time for the nice guys from our coverage to sign off as well! This is Pratyush Rohra, bidding you adieu on behalf of my co-commentator, Prashanth Satish, and the rest of us from Sportskeeda! Thank you for joining our coverage. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you! Good morning to the New Zealand fans! Good night, India. We'll hopefully have our hands on an ICC trophy again, soon enough! 
The players collect their medals and wait for their skipper, to lift the mace. There go the fireworks, and Williamson carries the mace to the celebratory boards and to his players. After all the heartbreak in recent years, New Zealand are finally crowned ICC World Test Champions. A sweet sweet moment for them, doing it in the country where they suffered a defeat from the barest of margins. Many congratulations to them!
Kane Williamson: Special feeling to get one under the belt after losing a couple of close ones. I'd like to thank Virat and the Indian team. The heart that our team showed was commendable. It's hard for me to saw, but it's a special feeling. It's the first time in our history that we've come away with the title and it was hard work. I also want to make note of the 22 players we utilized to get to this point. They all played a big part, including the support staff, it's a special achievement to be savored. It's a special achievement that will be celebrated and remembered. We know we don't always have the stars and have to rely on bits and pieces to stay competitive in the game. We showed a lot of heart and commitment to the style of cricket. We had to stay strong to our game and it's not always easy in a final against any time. It's a fickle game and we respect that. Throughout the six days, it ebbed and flowed and no one really had the upper hand for six days. A great viewing for the fans and everybody at home as well. Batting in the first innings was tough going, they're an incredible side. A lot of heart from the batters to apply themselves and from the tail to get us a lead. It was a very sporting surface, and having only four days of cricket, there was always a chance of a result. Ross is very experienced and very calm in those situations. It was nice to be a part of the partnership and be there till the end. Fantastic day of cricket, we'll all reflect on it. Also a special feeling we've never had before. 
(On BJ Watling) He's a leader in a group and epitomizes what this team is about. A scrappy performance which is close to his heart, because he's a scrappy player. Great to lead the team and a fantastic career we'll be acknowledged for a long time. A great occasion to celebrate, a great game of cricket, and obviously a great career which we'll celebrate.
Virat Kohli: Big congratulations to the team. They showed great consistency and heart. Great credit to them to put us under pressure and take the win. It was difficult to get some consistency after the first day was washed out. This morning was the difference when the Kiwi bowlers executed their plans to perfection and didn't allow us to score any runs regularly which really pushed us back in the game. Not really(On announcing the team early). We need to have a fast bowling all-rounder to change our team and we've played our cricket in the same way. We came to the conclusion that this is our best side and also gave us batting depth, we've been successful with this combination. He's(Jamieson) is a quality cricket and coming up well in international cricket. Really good areas with the ball and he's a gutsy batsmen as well when he gets the opportunity. I've played with him at RCB and he brings the same attitude there as well.  He's had a great game and thoroughly deserves the man of the match. It's great for the game. This format will definitely help Test cricket be exciting. Teams will go for wins, as you saw in this game as well. It's a long summer ahead but we've got a squad to do something really special. 
Kyle Jamieson (Player of the match): It's a massive moment for our country. To have something of this context in Test cricket it's surreal to be standing here at the moment. We knew we had a big first hour on the final day and wanted to see how things panned out. We knew it was going to be a tough task against this Indian side. The skipper shows a lot of faith in me. It's nice to have the ball first up and play my part in the game. Always nice to contribute. The work that Trent, Wag, and the other guys do, I just ride on the back of their effort. Kohli's obviously a world-class player and to go up against him was awesome. 
Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson are sharing a chat as we wait for the presentation ceremony.
BJ Watling: Feeling ecstatic at the moment. It's been a lot of hard work over a long period of time for our team and to get over the line like that is pretty special. Chasing a total on a wicket that was offering, I think it was fantastic from Ross and Kane to finish it off, two of our greatest players. No, didn't think I'd end up being a WT Champion. It's a fantastic setup and exciting for the game. It puts a lot of the onus on the game, which is a line and I'm just pretty stoked to get over the line. I'd like to thank my mum. She has been a huge help through tough times. My wife Jess, two boys, Miller and Hudson. It's been a long time away from home. We've had a pretty special group, and I'm extremely happy to end it on a high. We've got a special group and this was a great way to finish.
Ross Taylor: It's still sinking in but the journey has been amazing and it's been a couple of years coming. A lot of rain over the last couple of days but the way the team fought from day one, to be out there with Kane in a crucial situation for a little bit, it's something I'll never forget. This would have to be the highlight of my career, to say we're world champions. At the start of my career, we felt we probably didn't have the side to do this but the way the team stuck together was brilliant. This one is for the fans. They've stuck with us through thick and thin and I am sure there are a few Kiwis waking up who will be very proud. It wasn't easy at the start but Kane kept telling me it would get easier. This is a class Indian side that never kept the pressure off. There was a lot of pressure but it was nice to be standing up to it. The 2019 World Cup was something that was very tough for us at the time but this one makes it up. This was something I'll never forget.
Tim Southee : Sounds pretty good. The hard work that goes in behind the scenes for two years, it's quite pleasing that we are the WTC champions. It was about consistency in selection and in cricket, with the attitude of never giving up. It's satisfying to achieve what we've achieved. It's not just been effort for the last two and a half years, but it's quite pleasing. The change room was a lot calmer knowing the two batsmen(Williamson and Taylor) were in the middle. It might have been the most difficult 139 runs we've had to get but those two made it really easy. You're always trying to get better and improve and it's no different for me. I've enjoyed being a part of this group. The boys push each other on and off the field, so it's a pretty special time. (On BJ Watling) We started this tour wanting to send him off on a good note, he's a class player. He's one of our champions players and he's given everything to the team. I'm very happy for him.
Handshakes all around as India congratulate the victorious Kiwi side. Heart-warming scenes in the middle as the New Zealand team appreciates their crowd at the Bowl. It's 5:40 am in New Zealand, time to declare this day as a national holiday? The players don't care one bit about that. They're the ICC WTC Champions and are returning down under with the mace! 
That's it then! Almost poetic that it's Ross Taylor hits the winning runs alongside Kane Williamson. The small section of the Kiwi fans is elated and so is that dressing room. All smiles in the middle from the two batsmen and it's New Zealand, crowned as the inaugural WTC Champions!
45.5 Mohammed Shami to Ross Taylor, NEW ZEALAND ARE THE WTC CHAMPIONS! What a moment, the inaugural WTC champions. Full and angling into the pads, Taylor whips it away uppishly to the deep square leg fence for a boundary. They erupt in joy!
45.4 Mohammed Shami to Ross Taylor, good length ball comes back in from outside the off stump, Taylor shoulders arms to leave this one alone
45.3 Mohammed Shami to Kane Williamson, back of a length and angling in. Williamson drops this one into the ground and takes off for a quick single.
45.2 Mohammed Shami to Kane Williamson, BEATEN! Good length ball outside the off stump, shapes away late. Williamson tries to guide it in the gap but gets beaten on the outside edge
45.1 Mohammed Shami to Kane Williamson, good length ball just outside the off stump, Williamson watches it closely and defends it out under his eyes
The New Zealand fans are in excellent spirits and the dressing room is out on the balcony as well now. Big smiles on the faces, why shouldn't there be? They're on the cusp of being the inaugural WTC champions. Bumrah completes that over for Ishant and New Zealand are just one hit away.
135 /2 score
cricket bat icon Kane Williamson
51 (86)
cricket bat icon Ross Taylor *
43 (98)
cricket ball icon Jasprit Bumrah
0 /35
44.6 Jasprit Bumrah to Ross Taylor, length ball zips back in from outside the off stump, Taylor leaves it alone through to the keeper
44.5 Jasprit Bumrah to Ross Taylor, full-length ball angling into the stumps, Taylor turns this one away to the short mid wicket fielder
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