Source: News Bharati English04 Oct 2016 11:53:41
Kolkata, October 4: Neutralizing New Zealand in the second Test at Kolkata, India bowled out the Black caps batsmen for 197 in the 2nd innings to win the match by 178 runs. New Zealand batsmen needed to score 376 runs in the final innings to claim victory. However, they were all out on the fourth day to lose the match in the favour of Kohli’s men.
Host India also won the three Test match series by 2-0. Indian wicket keeper Wriddhiman Saha claimed the man of the match award for his important pair of half centuries and quality glove work. The third and final Test starts in Indore on Saturday.
The victory not only gave India a 2-0 series lead with one to play, but also ensured the team would climb back to the top spot in the Test rankings. It was life coming full circle for India. This was the 13th consecutive Test it had gone unbeaten at home – the last defeat coming at the very same Eden Gardens against Alastair Cook’s England in December 2012.
Wriddhiman Saha had added 58 not out to his first-innings 54 not out to end with the highest aggregate for the match and help set New Zealand a daunting target of 376. Mohammed Shami then broke through the lower order in the final session with reverse swing as New Zealand was bowled out for 197 in 81.1 overs.
When it came out to bat in the first session faced with a target no team had ever chased at the Eden Gardens, and five and a half sessions left in the match, New Zealand needed its best start in the series. A whipping delivery went across Nicholls, took the edge and nestled into Ajinkya Rahane’s hands. When Ashwin got one to drift beautifully and beat Taylor’s bat, you got the sense that it was now a matter of time only.
Tom Latham was a rock for the BLACKCAPS at the start of the second innings, guiding his team through to 100-1 and maintaining a glimmer of hope that the visitors could pull off a miracle. While no shooting stars appeared, that certainly wasn’t the fault of Latham, who made things as tough as possible on the Indian bowlers.
Opener Latham played superbly for his 74 and together with Martin Guptill (24) and Henry Nicholls (24), helped the visitors to 104-1 mid way through the second session. However, wickets would fall periodically throughout the afternoon, with R Ashwin, Mohammad Shami and Ravindra Jadeja claiming three wickets a piece to eventually dismiss the BLACKCAPS for 197. India’s bowling attack brought that aspect spectacularly to life, taking out seven wickets in 27.1 overs to demolish the visiting side by 178 runs.At tea, New Zealand was 135 for 3. In the space of half an hour, a Shami reverse-swing burst opened the floodgates. The most important strike was made by Ashwin, who once again provided the breakthrough at the start of the session. This time, it was Latham, done in by a tossed up off-spinner that turned and took the edge.
Matt Henry and Neil Wagner held out in a ninth-wicket stand that took up 52 balls, but Jadeja won the battle of patience, Henry driving straight to Virat Kohli at short cover for a sharp catch. Shami fittingly hammered the final nail, ending the last-wicket resistance with the second new ball just when people had begun to wonder if New Zealand could, after all, take it to the final day.