New Zealand completed a brilliant victory over no.1 ranked Team India in the second Test match of the series at Hagley Oval in Christchurch. The home side won the match by 7 wickets after chasing down the 132-run target and pocketed the series 2-0 and also got 120 points on the ICC World Test Championship table.
It was a clinical victory in which Trent Boult and Tim Southee got together to bundle out the Indian team for 242 and 124 runs in two innings. The touring side had a nightmare ending to their tour which had started off very well with a 5-0 victory in T20I series. But then Ross Taylor happened to them in ODIs and they lost that series by 0-3 and now go back home with more questions in mind.
India always tough opponents no matter the format: Ross Taylor
Taylor meanwhile was happy with his team’s performance and took to social media to share his joy. He called India a tough opponent no matter which format the two sides are playing in. He also mentioned that it was always great to have the Asian giants playing in New Zealand. However, he also took a funny dig at Indian captain Virat Kohli.
Ross mentioned that he was happy that he didn’t have to face Virat Kohli, who bowled one over of his medium pace as New Zealand neared a well-earned victory. Taylor posted a photo with the Indian team including Kohli with the caption reading, “Great to have India in New Zealand. Always tough opponents no matter the format. Very happy I didn’t have to face @virat.kohli to hit the winning runs though. #nzvind”
Trent Boult picked four wickets in the Indian second innings, while Southee picked three wickets as India crumbled for 124 runs, wasting the 7-run lead they earned through the hard work of their bowlers. Kiwi openers Tom Latham and Tom Blundell proved their worth as they both hit fifties to ensure New Zealand didn’t have much trouble in reaching the 132-run target.
Meanwhile, for India, it was a worry as their top order, in fact, their whole batting lineup failed badly in both the Test matches against bowlers who swung the ball and moved it off the surface of the pitch. It will be a concern when they travel to Australia for their next Test assignment later this year.
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