India beats New Zealand by 178 runs, pulls back Pakistan on No 2nd spot

Photo of Indian cricket team members celebrates their victory after defeating New Zealand in 2nd Test.

Kolkata: Host team today defeated New Zealand by 178 runs in their second Test match at Eden Garden during the ongoing three Test series, India reclaimed the No.1 spot in the Test rankings.

The Indian side leads series by 2-0 against the Kiwis, as they have defeated the visiting team in their first test earlier at Green Park stadium in Kanpur by 197 runs.

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With this win over the New Zealand, the host has captured the series in their name.

The Kiwis, chasing a target of 376, were skittled out for 197 in the post-tea session on the fourth day.

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For the tourists, opener Tom Latham (74; 148 balls, 8×4) and Luke Ronchi (32; 60 balls, 4×4) were the principal scorers.

Ravichandran Ashwin (3/82), Ravindra Jadeja (3/41) and Mohammad Shami (3/46) were the chief wreckers of New Zealand’s second innings.

Earlier on Monday, resuming at 227 for eight, India were all out for 263 in their second innings.

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Wriddhiman Saha remained not out with 58 (120 balls, 6×4). Bhuvneshwar Kumar scored 23 (51 balls, 2×4, 1×6).

Trent Boult (3/38), Matt Henry (3/59) and Mitchell Santner (3/60) were the prominent wicket takers for the visitors.

New Zealand had scored 204 in their first innings in reply to India’s 316.

India had won the first Test at Kanpur by 197 runs.

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