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Comprehensive India reclaim number one rank with series-clinching win at Eden Gardens

Mohammad Shami (right) celebrating the wicket of BJ Watling at Eden Gardens
Mohammad Shami (right) celebrating the wicket of BJ Watling at Eden Gardens
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India 316 & 263 (Sharma 82) beat
New Zealand 204 & 197 (Latham 74) by 178 runs
Second Test, Kolkata, day four

A comprehensive bowling performance from India bowled New Zealand out for 197 runs in their second innings of the second Test in Kolkata on day four and secured a 178-run win, thereby clinching the pole position in the ICC rankings.

Earlier in the day, Wriddhiman Saha scored yet another fifty in the match to help India score 263 before being bowled out in the second innings, setting the Black Caps a target of 376 runs.

India resumed batting on 227 for eight. Saha (58 not out) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (23) hit a few boundaries early in the day and went on to post a stand of 36 runs.

Kumar and Mohammad Shami (1) fell in quick succession but Saha stayed unbeaten and completed his fifty, pushing India’s score to 263 runs in 76.5 overs.

Chasing a target of 376 runs to win, New Zealand openers Tom Latham (74) and Martin Guptill (24) began steadily with a 55-run opening stand and took the team safely to lunch.

Four balls into the post lunch session, Guptill was trapped LBW by Ravichandran Ashwin (3-82).
Latham continued his vigilant approach and was given good support by Henry Nicholls (24), with whom he shared a 49-run stand.

Just after New Zealand went past the three-figure mark, Ravindra Jadeja (3-41) and Ashwin dismissed Nicholls and Ross Taylor (4) in the space of eight overs to leave the visitors at 115 for three.

Latham, who earlier west past a fifty, took New Zealand safely to tea with the score reading 135 for three.

The fall of Latham’s wicket in the second over of the third session turned the game in India’s favour.
A little while later, Shami (3-46) struck twice in successive overs to remove Mitchell Santner (9) and BJ Watling (1).

Luke Ronchi (32) and Matt Henry (18) offered brief resistance but Jadeja dismissed both of them as India bowled New Zealand out for 197 runs in 81.1 overs to wrap up a 178-run comprehensive win.

This win took India to the first rank in the ICC Test team rankings while also giving them an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Saha took home his maiden man of the match award for his twin unbeaten fifties.

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