New Zealand cricket since last month’s mortify as they defeated by 3-0 in Australia, Kane Williamson’s side delivered the perfect response to their critics with a 10-wicket win over India in the first test. New Zealand won its 100th match since they began to play Tests in 1930. The victory came against india a team unbeaten in their last 9 tests and one that had won all 7 of their previous World Test Championship matches.
The comeback of senior players of New Zealand`s side Tim Southee and Trent Boult and the debutant Kyle Jamieson proved crucial against the tourists also the world’s top-ranked test side who played well in home ground and demolish playing away.
Virat Kohli’s side lost their final six wickets for 47 runs as Boult and Southee combined to rip through the lower middle order and then finish off the tail. Southee completed his 10th five-wicket haul in tests with 5-61. Tom Latham finished 7 not out while Tom Blundell was on 2 as they knocked off the 9 runs needed for victory in just 10 balls after the visitors were dismissed for 191 in their second innings.
Tim Southee awarded with the man of the match he said that “It was a great win and to beat a quality Indian side is very pleasing, Kohli held his hand up and conceded his team had not been good enough but added that it was only one defeat.
“Some people might want it to be the end of the world, but it’s not. For us it’s a game of cricket,” he said. “We lost and we move on, we keep our heads high.”
Ishant Sharma took 5-68 in New Zealand’s first innings after returning from a torn ankle ligament and was especially effective when they reduced the Kiwis to 225-7 on day three. India had started the day on 144-4, still 39 runs trail, and their hopes of setting a decent target rested with the last recognized batsmen — vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari seeing out the first session unscathed.
But Boult, in his second over, got Rahane when he was on 29 and wicketkeeper BJ Watling completed an easy catch. Vihari had not added to his overnight score of 15 when he was bowled by Southee in the next over. Southee then had Ravichandran Ashwin trapped in front for four to reduce India to 162-7.
After taking India past New Zealand’s first innings with a 4 off Jamieson, Ishant (12) was then trapped in front by Colin de Grandhomme in the next over before Southee had Rishabh Pant caught by Boult at fine leg for 25. Southee wrapped up the innings on the sixth delivery with the second new ball when Jasprit Bumrah was caught in the slips for 0.
Kohli said being dismissed for 165 in the first innings had been crucial. “As a batting unit we take pride in being competitive, but we weren’t,” he said “Even scoring 220-230 would’ve been good. That first innings put us behind and then the lead put us under more pressure.”
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28 March, 2020