India becomes No.1 again after winning test series
India again ranks no. 1 in ICC test ranking
India becomes No.1 again after winning test series:- India has defeated New Zealand by a winning score of 178 runs in the second Test at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
While, chasing the daunting target of 376 runs, New Zealand had been bowled out for 197. With this win, in fact series win, India is now back at number one position in the ICC Test rankings.
However, they will be officially overtaken Pakistan at the end of the third and the final Test.
After showing some resistance early on, New Zealand could not further finish the day they would have wanted to. It was once again a much disciplined bowling by the Indian team that set up the win.
New Zealand began on a positive note
India resumed the day’s play on a score of 227 for eight. After adding 36 runs, the home side was bowled out for a score of 263 in their second innings.
With getting a first innings lead of 112 runs, India set Kiwis a daunting target of 376.
Wriddhiman Saha also once again remained unbeaten after his half-century.
However, New Zealand’s chase had begun on a positive note and by the lunch break were 55 for none with Martin Guptill and Tom Latham sharing 55 runs for the opening wicket.
However, after the lunch New Zealand straightaway lost the wicket as Ravi Ashwin trapped Guptill (24) leg before.
After the decent opening stand, New Zealand then found another good partnership between Latham and Henry Nicholls. The duo added 49 for the second wicket to further keep New Zealand in contention.
Ravindra Jadeja had then provided his side with a vital breakthrough when he had removed Nicholls (24).
And that triggered the batting collapse for New Zealand. Kiwis had kept on losing wickets as India maintained firm grip over the match.
At one stage with score reading 104 for two, it looked like New Zealand will push this Test match to its fifth and last day. But it was not the case. As the trio of Ashwin, Jadeja and Mohamamd Shami struck in tandem. For just 93 runs, New Zealand had lost last eight wickets.
Ross Taylor, the New Zealand skipper managed to score just four runs before Ashwin had managed to trap him leg before. Latham showed some resistance as he braved not just Indian bowling, but as weather as well. But, later became the victim of Ashwin and fell on an individual score of (74). His knock comprised of eight fours.
Shami, Jadeja and Ashwin has scalped three wickets each while Bhuvneshwar, after his five-wicket haul in the first innings, chipped in with a wicket.
Saha was adjudged man of the match for his twin unbeaten fifties and superb glove work behind the stumps. With this win India now leads the three-match series 2-0, with one Test to go.