India seal Innings victory against New Zealand
India defeated New Zealand by an innings and 115 runs in the 1st Test Match at Hyderabad.
MS Dhoni called it right when he enforced a follow on to New Zealand after they were bowled out for just 159 runs in their first innings and New Zealand were 279 runs behind. He sited one of the reasons as the weather and he was absolutely right in his prediction. Almost the entire day was lost on the third day of the Test in Hyderabad when a heavy downpour took place, India had New Zealand following on in their second innings at 41 for 1.
The only way New Zealand could have saved the Test match was due to rain and even the fourth days play started a bit late being affected by weather. After McCullum (42) and Williamson (52) who were removed by Yadav and Ojha were the only two decent performers for New Zealand who took the score to 98-2 as other batsmen fell like as if they were in hurry to go back to the pavilion and take rest as Ashwin’s flighted off-breaks,top-spinners & his special “carrom” ball’s were too much for the Kiwi batsmen to handle.
The Black Caps showed no sign of giving a fight back to the Indian spinners Ojha and Ashwin and it was clearly seen on the fourth day in their batting display. Even captain Taylor could not do it for the team as he went away just for 7 runs as only Flynn 11 and keeper Van Wyk 13 reached the double digit scores other than the top 3. It was but all over for New Zealand as R.Ashwin finished with yet another 6 wicket haul and along with spinner Ojha 3-48.
This Test match was a dream come back for Cheteshwar Pujara as he announced his arrival back with a magnificent 159 runs in his name.
Even as fast bowlers Zaheer Khan and Umesh Yadav kept things tight and did not let the kiwi batsman lose it was India’s spinners, Ashwin’s 12 for 85 earned him Man of the Match award supported well by Ojha 6-92 took 18 wickets between them as India defeated New Zealand won by an innings and 115 runs even though almost 1 full day was lost they won it in just 4 days with 1 full day to spare.
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