NZ restore pride by thrashing India in first Test

New Zealand completed a comprehensive 10-wicket victory over India before lunch on the fourth day of the first Test at the Basin Reserve today (24) to give them a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

Tom Latham finished seven not out while Tom Blundell was two as they knocked off the nine runs needed for victory in just 10 balls after the visitors were dismissed for 191 in their second innings.

It was New Zealand’s 100th Test victory.

India lost their final six wickets for 47 runs as Trent Boult and Tim 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 five for 61.

The visitors, who had not lost any of their seven previous International Cricket Council (ICC) World Test Championship matches, had started the day on 144 for four, still 39 runs behind and staring at a potential first defeat.

The majority of their chances of setting a target they might be able to defend had rested with the last recognised batsmen Vice-Captain Ajinkya Rahane (25) and Hanuma Vihari (15) seeing out the first session unscathed.

Boult, however, put New Zealand firmly in control in his second over when he enticed an edge from Rahane when he was on 29 and wicket-keeper B. J. Watling completed an easy catch.

Vihari, who had not added to his overnight score, was bowled by Southee in the next over. Southee then had Ravichandran Ashwin trapped in front for four to reduce India to 162 for seven.

Ishant Sharma survived two chances when he was on six with Latham dropping him at forward short leg off Boult, while Southee grassed an easy catch at short cover off Colin de Grandhomme’s bowling nine balls later.

While Ishant took India past New Zealand’s first innings with a four off Kyle Jamieson, he was trapped in front by de Grandhomme for 12 in the next over and then 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 a duck.

The second match of the two-Test series starts at the Hagey Oval in Christchurch on February 29.

India 1st innings 165

2nd innings

P. Shaw c Latham b Boult 14

M. Agarwal c Watling b Southee 58

C. Pujara b Boult 11

V. Kohli c Watling b Boult 19

A. Rahane c Watling b Boult 29

H. Vihari b Southee 15

R. Pant c Boult b Southee 25

R. Ashwin lbw Soutee 04

I. Sharma lbw de Grandhomme 12

M. Shami not out 02

J. Bumrah c Mitchell b Southee 00

Extras: (w2) 02

Total: (all out, 81 overs) 191

Fall: 1-27, 2-78, 3-96, 4-113, 5-148, 6-148, 7-162, 8-189, 9-191

Bowling: Southee 21-6-61-5, Boult 22-8-39-4, de Grandhomme 16-5-28-1, Jamieson 19-7-45-0 (2w), Patel 3-0-18-0

New Zealand

1st innings 348

2nd innings

T. Latham not out 07

T. Blundell not out 02

Extras: 00

Total: (0 wickets, 1.4 overs) 09

Bowling: Sharma 1-0-8-0, Bumrah 0.4-0-1-0 

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