New Zealand defeats India by 7 wickets to sweep Test series

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New Zealand beat India by 7 wickets to sweep Test Series 2 – 0: India lost the second Test by seven wickets in less than three days. Thus New Zealand completed a memorable Test series sweep.

The India captain Virat Kohli was left depressed and mortified as India lost the second Test in three days. The match was played on Monday in Christchurch. The day was started at 90 and were all out for 124 by India. Then New Zealand chased down the required 132 to win for the loss of three wickets on 36 overs. The match ended as a disappointing tour for India and Kohli. New Zealand won the first Test early by 10 wickets on day four. The series was wrapped up by New Zealand with ease.

New Zealand defeats India by 7 wickets to sweep Test series

As of now, New Zealand is unbeaten in their last 13 home Tests. They won 9 out of them. The records of them in the last decade are as follows – Played: 39; Won: 20; Draw: 13; Lost: 5.

In this latest series, on the traditional New Zealand green wickets, India managed scores of 165, 191, 242 and 124. The scores reflect the low contribution from Kohli of 2, 19, 3 and 14.

Kohli came to New Zealand as the world’s top Test batsman. Kohli had oozing charm as he described New Zealand as the “nice guys” of cricket.

During the series, Kohli lost his top ranking to Australian cricketer Steve Smith. When Kane Williamson went for three in the first innings of the second Test the pressure was quite evident when he gave the New Zealand skipper a very animated send-off.

Further evidence of frustration was found when he was caught on camera yelling an obscenity at a group of New Zealand supporters on Sunday.

Swing Attack

The end came quickly for India on day three as Tim Southee and Trent Boult put him in agony with their inswing and outswing variety deliveries that targeted both sides of the stumps.

In Southee’s second over, Hanuma Vihari was the first to fall. Vihari turned a legside delivery too fine and BJ Watling dove to his left. This brought Vihari’s doom.

Five balls later there was no addition to the score. India’s other overnight batsman Rishabh Pant was caught behind off a Boult delivery that swung away.

Tom Blundell caught Mohammed Shami for five at the deep mid-wicket. Jasprit Bumrah was run out when trying to give the strike to Ravindra Jadeja, unbeaten at 16.

Most of the dismissals were done by Boult and Southee. Boult took four for twenty-eight. Southee took three for thirty-six. The swing pair accounted for 25 of the 40 Indian wickets in the series. 

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There were enough seam and swing available for India to keep the opposing team guessing. But, Bumrah and Umesh Yadav were unable to apply consistent pressure. Whereas, Mohammed Shami was hindered by a sore shoulder.

New Zealand glided through a century before losing three wickets.

Latham seized his 18th half-century and second of the Test. He was caught off by Yadav for 52. Kane Williamson had a short stay for five and Blundell went for fifty-five.

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