India seals series win against New Zealand, routs by 178 runs
The Kiwis started off confidently and in fact registered the best opening partnership in the series so far. Martin Guptill (24) and Tom Latham (31) were at the crease when the teams went in for the lunch
Kolkata: In the first innings , it was pacer duo which did the damage while in the seconds innings, it was spinners pair of Ashwin and Jadeja which provided an able support to them bringing a spectacular victory for India against New Zealand in the second cricket test match played at Eden Gardens here. The victory also sealed the series for India as well as the top spot in the ICC test cricket rankings.
Starting the fourth innings of the match on a promising note chasing the target of 376 runs, New Zealand team had its nine wickets tumbling for just 93 runs. New Zealand got out for 197 runs giving an emphatic 178 run win to India. At one stage , the Kiwis were 104 for one but the loss of the wicket of Nicholls saw the flood gates opened for Indian bowlers to sneak in.
Thanks to some incisive spin bowling by Jadeja and Ashwin, the visitors were nowhere to be matched and it was an abject surrender of the batting line up which was depleted a bit in the absence of Ken Williomson.
Earlier resuming from 227 for 8, the Indian team folded its second innings at 263 setting a tough but achievable target of 376 runs on the pitch with uneven bounce. Saha remained unbeaten in the second innings also with his second fifty of the match.
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The Kiwis started off confidently and in fact registered the best opening partnership in the series so far. Martin Guptill (24) and Tom Latham (31) were at the crease when the teams went in for the lunch. Immediately after lunch ,Guptill was dismissed by Ashwin and thereafetr the pair of Latham and Nicholls t0ook the score to 104 when the slide took off.
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Brief Scores at lunch on 4th day:
- India (1st inninings): 316
- New Zealand( 1st innings): 204 ( J S patel 47, Ross Taylor 36, Ronchi 35, Watling 25 Bhuvneshar kumar 5 for 48 , Shami 3 for 70
- India(2nd innings): 263 (Rohit Sharma 82, Virat Kohli 45 W Saha 58 not out, Henry 3 for 59 , Santner 3 for 60 and Boult 3 for 38)
- New Zealand (2nd innings): Latham 74, Ronchi 32 R Jadeja 3 for 41, Shami 3 for 46 ,R Ashwin 3 for 82