New Zealand will collide with India in the upcoming World Test Championship final on 18th June. Both teams will be eager to win their 1st ever World Test Championship trophy. New Zealand qualified for the final after emerging victorious over Pakistan and West Indies. Their qualification was confirmed after Australia canceled their tour of South Africa, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. New Zealand has beaten India on 12 occasions in the Test format. Over the years, New Zealand bowlers have bowled some brilliant spells against the Indian Test side. That said, here are New Zealand’s 3 best bowling performances against India in the Test format:
3. Tim Southee (7/64)
Tim Southee ran riot against the Indian Test team in the 2nd Test of the 2012 Test series between India and NZ. Batting first, NZ posted a total of 365 on the board. In reply, New Zealand restricted India to a total of 353. Tim Southee was the chief architect behind India’s downfall in the 2nd Test. In just 24 overs, Southee scalped 7 wickets for New Zealand, conceding only 64 runs in the end. Unfortunately, Southee ended up on the losing side. India won the 2nd Test of the 2012 Test series by 5 wickets.
2. Simon Doull (7/65)
Simon Doull bowled brilliantly in the 2nd Test of the 1998 Test series between India and New Zealand. Owing to Doull’s exploits with the ball, New Zealand managed to restrict India to a total of 208. In 24 overs, Doull scalped 7 wickets for the Kiwis, conceding just 65 runs in total. New Zealand needed 213 runs to win the 2nd Test of the 1998 Test series. In the end, New Zealand went on to win the Test match by 4 wickets.
1. Richard Hadlee (7/26)
Richard Hadlee derailed the Indian batting lineup in the 3rd Test of the 1976 test series between India and NZ. Thanks to Hadlee’s fantastic bowling, New Zealand restricted India to just 81. Hadlee scalped 7 wickets for NZ in just 14 overs, conceding only 26 runs in total. In the end, New Zealand went on to win the Test match by an innings and 33 runs.