New Zeland made a comfortable win in both the test and whitewashing the No.1 team in the test by 2-0 and also grabbed 120 ICC Test Champion points.
India needed magic from Ravindra Jadeja, Rishabh Pant, Hanuma Vihari if they wanted to have made a comeback in the match but the Men in Blue couldn’t have the best start and they lost two batsmen in the first four overs Hanuma Vihari and Rishabh Pant.
India Men in Blue struggled and able to make only 124 on the scorecard thus making a total target of 134 to the hosts. Trent Boult picked four wickets for 28 runs followed by Tim Southee three wickets for 36 runs in the second innings.
New Zeland had won the toss and had chosen to bowl India in the first innings able to make only 242 runs with three batsmen scoring half-centuries Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari
India needed quick wickets to get back to the winning side however New Zealand won the match by 7 wickets comfortably.
Bumrah has given the indication of his coming back to the form with the vicious inswinger to dismiss Tom Blundell who was batting on 55.
Bumrah had said that despite him not taking enough wickets, he’s happy with his bowling. “I just focus on the process. Some days you get wickets, some days you don’t. I am happy to be back, playing all formats.”
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India Squad Playing –
Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
New Zealand Squad Playing –
Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult
Kane Williamson | New Zealand captain: Outstanding feeling. Fairly sporting surfaces in both Tests. Bowlers had to put it in the right areas, but this pitch played well on all the days, even though history suggests it flattens out after doing a bit initially. I think therein lies the value of the 30-40 run partnerships. I don’t think the end result shows how tight that match was. We saw how many times the ball beat the bat. A fantastic series from outside and the way the guys stuck in. India are a world-class side and to beat them is quite satisfying. Jamieson’s a very exciting talent and contributed incredibly well with both bat and ball in both games. He’s tall and gets bounce which is very helpful in these conditions. The runs he scored in the backend of both games were very valuable. Great progress for him. The guys had to be disciplined, and the wicket was doing enough, but the fast outfields did allow runs, and it was important to hang in there. A few heavy learning curves, a few good bits in this summer, but these are all part of it. You’re always trying to improve and the two games here have been opportunities to learn too.
Virat Kohli (2/2): We are not a side that thinks about the result of the toss. Yes, it did give a bit of extra advantage to the bowlers in the first two hours of each Test, but as an international side playing so well over two, three seasons, you are expected to go out and execute in those conditions. We were not able to do that this time. We are not going to take excuses from this tour, just the learning and the mistakes we committed and try and improve as we move forward. The t20s were pretty good. In the ODIs, it was good to see the youngsters stepping up with Rohit not being available and me not getting runs. Those are a few positives, but as a Test team, we were not able to play the kind of cricket we wanted to. We need to accept we were not good enough, take it on the chin and improve those things.
Tim Southee is the Player of the Series for taking 14 wickets.
Kyle Jamieson | Player of the Match: It’s been a pretty surreal couple of weeks, just to be part of the group and win a couple of matches feels good. Pitch conditions obviously help and trying to find the fuller length and making decisions more often about the length and sometimes natural variations take over. It’s certainly time that I work on a lot on my batting, especially batting lower down the order and in both tests the partnerships down the order have made a difference. Having had a small taste of Test cricket, it’s important to work on things and come back better.
Captains winning most Tests after opting to field:
13 G Smith (19 Tests)
11 S Waugh (11)
10 C Lloyd (17)
09 K Williamson (13)*