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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Test Cricket: India Beat New Zealand To Win Test Series 2-0!



India made the highest successful chase of 262 runs in Bangalore yesterday to beat New Zealand by five wickets on the fourth day of the second and last cricket Test match. As anticipated eagerly the match was a tight and swinging encounter with both the teams fighting very hard till the end. India won the two-Test Series 2-0 and this makes it the third win in successive Test series against New Zealand played both at home and in New Zealand.
From a third day lead of 244 runs with the last pair standing New Zealand added 16 more runs to give India a target of 261 to win with almost two days remaining. It was unfortunate that JS Patel who shaped up well to add quite a few more runs by striking the ball lustily was given out by the umpire that turned out to be a wrong decision. Only yesterday a very high standard of umpiring was highlighted as one more positive aspect of this wonderful Test.
Indian openers Gambhir (34) and Sehwag (38) blasted away to 77 runs in just 12 overs looking to be in a mood for some match practice for the forthcoming one-day international series against New Zealand and later the ICC World Cup Twenty20-2012. Wayward and inconsistent bowling by the Kiwi pacers egged them on. Though they gave the right momentum for a successful chase they could not convert their knocks into big ones and fell in quick succession to rash shots. As Pujara and Tendulkar fiddled nervously with the ball New Zealand seemed to have come back into contention. After the duo added 69 runs India looked to be in command at 147/2 when rains interrupted and tea was taken.
Pujara fell for a well made 48; Southee bowled Tendulkar (27) again through the gate and Suresh Raina earned the distinction of making the sixth duck in Test cricket. Reduced to 165/5 the match was again in balance and New Zealand needed just one more wicket to expose the Indian tail and make way for a tremendous hard-fought victory. But as usual, the ever dependent top class Virat Kohli and skipper consistent Dhoni started playing admirably to take the score to 262/5 to craft a memorable triumph and a series win. Kohli (51) played his fifth successive Test innings of fifty or more runs against any country and Dhoni (48) achieved his fourth successive Test innings of 45 or more runs against New Zealand. The unbroken match winning partnership of 96 between Kohli and Dhoni was the third highest for India in the fourth innings.The Final Scorecard:
Virat Kohli was rightfully awarded the man of the match while R Ashwin won the man of the series award. Now make way for the limited over encounters!
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