India v New Zealand: World Take a look at Championship closing – pundit predictions & vote

Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson


A New Zealand side led by Kane Williamson (right) beat Virat Kohli’s India 2-0 in their most recent series, in New Zealand in 2020
Venue: Ageas Bowl Date: 18-22 June (reserve day on 23 June) Time: 11:00 BST
Coverage: In-play highlights, Test Match Special commentary and text coverage on the BBC Sport website and app.

India and New Zealand meet in the inaugural World Test Championship final on Friday.

At stake at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton is the honour of being crowned the best side in the world.

But who will win?

In one corner, India – cricket’s true superpower, backed by a nation of 1.4 billion people and led by an icon of the game and global superstar Virat Kohli.

In the other, New Zealand – a country with a population of fewer than five million, beaten finalists in the past two World Cup finals, but with a team who have just dispatched England with ease.

The BBC Sport and Test Match Special team gaze into their crystal balls to predict how this much-anticipated match will pan out…