India seal massive win
India beat New Zealand by an innings and 115 runs in the first Test against New Zealand at Hyderabad on Sunday.
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin spun a trap around the Kiwis who failed to negotiate him and his colleague Pragyan Ojha. They were bowled out for 159 in their first innings and from 138/3 at a point in their follow on before crashing to 164 all out.
India’s dominance was built on fine maiden Test ton from Cheteshwar Pujara who marked his return to the Test team after 20 months with 159 runs batting at the slot reserved by Rahul Dravid. He was supported by 50s from Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni as well as quick runs from Virender Sehwag and R Ashwin as India posted 438 before they were bowled out in their sole innings of the game.
NZ’s batsmen had a torrid time in the first innings with Brendon McCullum, Kane Williamson and James Franklin – the three batsmen who made a start failing to convert those scores into a 50. R Ashwin took 6/31 as NZ were bowled out for 159 in their first innings and were asked to follow on, trailing India by 279 runs.
NZ were better placed in their second innings with McCullum and Williamson adding 62 for the second wicket to take NZ to 92/1 at Lunch on Day 4. By Tea however, they were 146/6 as Pragyan Ojha and R Ashwin once again combined to trouble the batsmen.
6.5 overs after play resumed in the third session, NZ were bowled out in their second innings. They had collapsed from 138/3 to 164 all out, R Ashwin taking 6/54 to take his match haul to 12/85, the best figures by an Indian against New Zealand and enough to earn him the Man of the Match award.
18 of the 20 wickets to fall went to the Indian spinners while Umesh Yadav picked up the two remaining wickets, making this the first instance in Zaheer Khan’s 84 Tests that India has won a game without a wicket from him.