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ICC Test World Cup final between India and New Zealand to be held from today at Southampton

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New Delhi, June 17
   The final match of ICC Test World Cup between India and New Zealand will begin tomorrow at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Southampton, United Kingdom. The team that wins will create history by becoming the first team to lift the World Test Championship trophy.
 India may not have played a Test match in England in the lead up to the World Test Championship final, unlike opponents New Zealand. However, they surely have more experience of playing at the Hampshire Bowl here than their opponents.
 India have featured in two Test matches in Southampton, both against England, and although they lost both of them, the experience could hold them in good stead against the Kiwis, who have not played a single match at the venue.
 This is also the first time the two teams will face each other at a neutral venue. Overall, India have a superior record against New Zealand in Test cricket.  The two teams have played 59 Test matches with India winning 21 and losing 12. But 16 of India’s wins have come at home, in 34 Tests.
 In New Zealand, India have lost 10 and won only five of the 25 Tests they have played. While there had been sun in the lead-up to the Test, bringing smiles on the faces of Indian spinners, but rain is predicted over the next five days. (Source:india.gov.in)