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India clinch NZ series, climb to No.1 ranking in Tests

By The Assam Tribune

KOLKATA, Oct 3: India pulled off a brilliant all-round performance to trounce New Zealand by 178 runs in the second Test to clinch the series with an unassailable 2-0 lead which also propelled them to the top of the ICC rankings dethroning arch-rivals Pakistan, here today.

Virat Kohli�s men wrapped up the series-deciding victory on the Fourth day of the match after setting the Black Caps a mammoth target of 376 runs to chase.

The visitors showed some spark to start with but their chase floundered in the post-tea session and the side was bowled out for 197 in 81.1 overs in what was India�s 250th home Test.

The home team had earlier finished its second innings at 263 in 76.5 overs.

Following Rohit Sharma�s 82-run knock yesterday, Wriddhiman Saha also picked up his second successive half-century of the match by scoring a 120-ball 58, laced with half a dozen fours.

Faced with an improbable chase, New Zealand were off to a confident start before things went downhill in the final session of the day.

Opener Tom Latham top-scored for them with a 148-ball 74, which included eight hits to the fence.

His innings gave New Zealand some hope of springing a surprise but off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin put paid to any such eventuality in just the second over after tea, inducing an edge off his bat which was comfortably taken by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha.

Besides Latham, Luke Ronchi was the only one to play an innings of significance, accounting for 32 runs (60 balls, 4x4).

However, rest of the Black Caps� line-up failed to apply itself on the tricky track, exploited well by both the pacers and spinners.

Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were the top Indian wicket-takers with hauls of 3/82 and 3/41 respectively. Among the pacers, Mohammed Shami grabbed 3/46 in a fine concerted bowling performance.

The two teams will now move to Indore for the third Test starting October 8 which would be followed by a five-match ODI series.

Having extracted reverse swing with the old ball, Shami cleaned the tail after new ball was taken in the 80th over.

Trent Boult was the last wicket to fall today when he tried to pull a bouncer but instead top-edged to Murali Vijay, who completed a clean catch.

New Zealand desperately missed skipper and batting talisman Kane Williamson, who was ruled out of the match owing to illness.

SCORECARD

India 1st innings: 318 all out

New Zealand 1st innings: 204 all out

India 2nd innings (Overnight 227/8 in 63.2 overs): W Saha not out 58, B Kumar c Nicholls b Wagner 23, M Shami c Latham b Boult 1. Extras: (B-10, LB-1, W-3) 14. Total: (all out in 76.5 overs) 263. Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-24, 3-34, 4-43, 5-91, 6-106, 7-209, 8-215, 9-251. Bowling: T Boult 17.5-6-38-3, M Henry 20-2-59-3, N Wagner 15-3-45-1, J Patel 8-0-50-0, M Santner 16-2-60-3.

New Zealand 2nd innings: T Latham c Saha b Ashwin 74, M Guptill lbw b Ashwin 24, H Nicholls c Rahane b Jadeja 24, R Taylor lbw b Ashwin 4, L Ronchi b Jadeja 32, M Santner lbw b Shami 9, BJ Watling b Shami 1, M Henry c Kohli b Jadeja 18, J Patel b Kumar 2, N Wagner not out 5, T Boult c Vijay b Shami 4. Extras: 0. Total: (all out; 81.1 overs) 197. Fall of wickets: 1-55, 2-104, 3-115, 4-141, 5-154, 6-156, 7-175, 8-178, 9-190. Bowling: B Kumar 12-4-28-1, Mohammed Shami 18.1-5-46-3, R Ashwin 31-6-82-3, R Jadeja 20-3-41-3. � PTI

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India clinch NZ series, climb to No.1 ranking in Tests

KOLKATA, Oct 3: India pulled off a brilliant all-round performance to trounce New Zealand by 178 runs in the second Test to clinch the series with an unassailable 2-0 lead which also propelled them to the top of the ICC rankings dethroning arch-rivals Pakistan, here today.

Virat Kohli�s men wrapped up the series-deciding victory on the Fourth day of the match after setting the Black Caps a mammoth target of 376 runs to chase.

The visitors showed some spark to start with but their chase floundered in the post-tea session and the side was bowled out for 197 in 81.1 overs in what was India�s 250th home Test.

The home team had earlier finished its second innings at 263 in 76.5 overs.

Following Rohit Sharma�s 82-run knock yesterday, Wriddhiman Saha also picked up his second successive half-century of the match by scoring a 120-ball 58, laced with half a dozen fours.

Faced with an improbable chase, New Zealand were off to a confident start before things went downhill in the final session of the day.

Opener Tom Latham top-scored for them with a 148-ball 74, which included eight hits to the fence.

His innings gave New Zealand some hope of springing a surprise but off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin put paid to any such eventuality in just the second over after tea, inducing an edge off his bat which was comfortably taken by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha.

Besides Latham, Luke Ronchi was the only one to play an innings of significance, accounting for 32 runs (60 balls, 4x4).

However, rest of the Black Caps� line-up failed to apply itself on the tricky track, exploited well by both the pacers and spinners.

Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were the top Indian wicket-takers with hauls of 3/82 and 3/41 respectively. Among the pacers, Mohammed Shami grabbed 3/46 in a fine concerted bowling performance.

The two teams will now move to Indore for the third Test starting October 8 which would be followed by a five-match ODI series.

Having extracted reverse swing with the old ball, Shami cleaned the tail after new ball was taken in the 80th over.

Trent Boult was the last wicket to fall today when he tried to pull a bouncer but instead top-edged to Murali Vijay, who completed a clean catch.

New Zealand desperately missed skipper and batting talisman Kane Williamson, who was ruled out of the match owing to illness.

SCORECARD

India 1st innings: 318 all out

New Zealand 1st innings: 204 all out

India 2nd innings (Overnight 227/8 in 63.2 overs): W Saha not out 58, B Kumar c Nicholls b Wagner 23, M Shami c Latham b Boult 1. Extras: (B-10, LB-1, W-3) 14. Total: (all out in 76.5 overs) 263. Fall of wickets: 1-12, 2-24, 3-34, 4-43, 5-91, 6-106, 7-209, 8-215, 9-251. Bowling: T Boult 17.5-6-38-3, M Henry 20-2-59-3, N Wagner 15-3-45-1, J Patel 8-0-50-0, M Santner 16-2-60-3.

New Zealand 2nd innings: T Latham c Saha b Ashwin 74, M Guptill lbw b Ashwin 24, H Nicholls c Rahane b Jadeja 24, R Taylor lbw b Ashwin 4, L Ronchi b Jadeja 32, M Santner lbw b Shami 9, BJ Watling b Shami 1, M Henry c Kohli b Jadeja 18, J Patel b Kumar 2, N Wagner not out 5, T Boult c Vijay b Shami 4. Extras: 0. Total: (all out; 81.1 overs) 197. Fall of wickets: 1-55, 2-104, 3-115, 4-141, 5-154, 6-156, 7-175, 8-178, 9-190. Bowling: B Kumar 12-4-28-1, Mohammed Shami 18.1-5-46-3, R Ashwin 31-6-82-3, R Jadeja 20-3-41-3. � PTI

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