India back at No. 1
KOLKATA, India (AP):
New Zealand collapsed to 197 all out on day four of the second Test against India in Kolkata yesterday losing the match by 178 runs.
The hosts have now taken an insurmountable 2-0 lead in the three-match series and also regained the ICC world No.1 Test ranking, moving ahead of Pakistan.
Spinners Ravichandran Aswhin (3-82), and Ravindra Jadeja (3-41) took three wickets apiece, while pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1-28), and Mohammed Shami (3-46) also chipped in. The Black Caps lost seven for 62 and collapsed in the final session.
With this win, Virat Kohli has now led India on an unbeaten streak of 12 Tests, stretching to Sri Lanka last year. It augurs well for the Indian team that they have won the first two Tests of a long home season, with upcoming challenges against England and Australia.
"We just want to win every game we play. It doesn't mean that we take the foot off the pedal in Indore (third Test starting October 7). We don't drop intensity there, and we don't drop our character or our vision to win a Test match for the country," said Kohli.
Chasing an improbable 376, New Zealand reached 135-3 at tea with opener Tom Latham (74) scoring his ninth Test 50. He put on 49 runs with Henry Nicholls (24), but the floodgates opened after the break when Ashwin dismissed Latham.