New Zealand leapfrog Australia and India to claim top spot in WTC standings | Cricket News

Feb 7, 2024

New Delhi: new zealand reached the peak of world test championship (WTC) after a spectacular 281-run win over South Africa on Wednesday.
Won in the first test Mount MaunganuiNot only strengthening New Zealand's bid to reach a second WTC final but also showcasing their strong cricket credentials.

The Kiwis, who won the inaugural WTC title, thrashed South Africa with a stellar performance, taking them to the top of the rankings with an impressive 66.66 points percentage.

This remarkable climb saw them surpass previous WTC finalists, India and AustraliaTo claim pole position in the current cycle.

Despite playing only three Test matches in the current WTC cycle, New Zealand's excellent record, which includes a series draw against Bangladesh and a decisive win over South Africa, underlines their dominance in the longest format of the game.
Following the conclusion of the first Test against South Africa, Australia dropped to second place, while India slipped to third.

In contrast, South Africa's defeat pushed them to seventh in the rankings, with Bangladesh, Pakistan and West Indies ahead of them.
led by captain kane williamsonTwin centuries of and Rachin RavindraWith the double century, New Zealand has made a strong position till the end of the third day's play.
On the fourth day, when the Bay Oval was overcast, New Zealand fast bowler Kyle Jamieson troubled South Africa's target by taking two important wickets after lunch.
Spinner Mitchell Santner joined the attack and bundled out South Africa's innings for 247 runs, ensuring New Zealand's emphatic victory.
(With inputs from ANI)

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