The last week was an exciting one for the cricket fans in India and New Zealand as the two sides achieved new milestones on the tour. India beat England in the final test to clinch the series 3-1 while the Black Caps beat Australia 3-2 to win the 5-match T20 Series.
India Reach the World Test Championships Final
Continuing their brilliant run in the test format, India defeated England in the 4th test in Ahmedabad by an innings and 25 runs. By doing so, they have become the No. 1 test team in the ICC Test Rankings.
With that, they have also booked a ticket to the Lords in June where they will play New Zealand in the inaugural World Test Championships Final. It will be a classic battle of the two of the best test teams in the world right now.
India, in a menacing form
The Men in Blue beat England in the last 3 test matches at home with quite a big margin. The third test was particularly intriguing as India sealed the victory within the first two days itself! They won comfortably by 10 wickets with Axar Patel bagging the Man of the Match award.
India and England will now move their focus to the limited-overs series, starting with the T20 International from March 12.
New Zealand beat Australia in the decider
Australia’s Tour of New Zealand started with the Black Caps winning the first two T20 matches to take a 2-0 lead. The Aussies staged a brilliant comeback after that to win the next two matches and level the series 2-2.
It all came down to the final match in Wellington where the hosts in a remarkable display of talent, won the match by 7 wickets.
Australia won the toss and chose to bat. In their efforts, they put up just 142 runs on the board while losing 8 wickets, courtesy of some splendid bowling by Ish Sodi and Trent Boult.
In response, the Kiwis won the game comfortably by the 16th over, thanks to Martin Guptill’s 71 off 46 deliveries. Devon Conway and Glen Phillips also played respectable innings to contribute to the win.
Sri Lanka eyeing their first T20 series win in over a year
Meanwhile in the Caribbean, Sri Lanka will be looking to win the final game of the 3-match T20I series against the West Indies.
The Lions won the second T20 by 43 runs, thanks to some incredible batting and bowling. Batting first, Sri Lanka put up 160 runs on board with Danushka Gunathilaka and Pathum Nissanka scoring 56 and 37 respectively.
In bowling, PWH de Silva and Lakshan Sandakan took 3 wickets each at an economy rate of under 4.50.
The likes of Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard (who hot six sixes in an over in the first T20I) went cheaply in this innings.
The final T20 match will be played on Sunday in Coolidge.