New Zealand Vs India, 2nd Test: New Zealand beat India by 7 wickets
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New Zealand Vs India, 2nd Test: New Zealand beat India by 7 wickets

New Zealand won the two-Test series played against India 2–0. New Zealand won by 7 wickets on the third day of the match played in Christchurch. On the third day, playing ahead by 90 runs for 6 wickets, the entire Indian team was piled on for just 124 runs in the second innings. New Zealand had a target of 132 runs to win, which was won by the hosts after losing 3 wickets.

New Zealand openers got off to a great start in the second innings. Tom Latham was dismissed by Umesh Yadav for 55 off 74 balls while Tom Blundell was bowled by Jaspreet Bumrah. He scored 55 off 113 balls. Captain Kane Williamson returned with 5 runs off Bumrah's catch to Ajinkya Rahane.

Now, time for the match summary. After being asked to bat first, India started well on the back of a fine half ton from Shaw. After the dismissal of Shaw, the Indian middle order faltered which included skipper Kohli's wicket too. Pujara and Vihari batted well for their half tons and took India closer to 250. It was Kyle Jamieson who ripped the Indians apart with a fifer and he got support from Tim Southee and Trent Boult as the duo picked 2 each.

The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, starts by saying that it was a matter of not having enough intent and feels that the inability of not winning the important phases didn't help. Tells that their bowlers could not bowl in the right areas for a longer time while the Kiwis executed their plans well. Feels that the batters didn't give enough runs for the bowlers to attack. Tells that it happened in South Africa too and here as well. Feels that they need to go to the drawing room and figure out what went wrong. Adds that the toss do play major roles but adds that they are not a side that gives excuses. Says that they are only taking learnings from this game. On the entire tour, the Indian skipper says that they had a very good T20 series and even in the ODIs, they did well but got outplayed by the Kiwis. And in this series, they failed to play the brand of cricket they wanted to play.

New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson, says that it is an outstanding feeling. Feels that the pitches were sporting for both the games as the bowlers had to bowl on right lines and lengths. Adds that he is really excited seeing Kyle Jamieson and credits him to do so well in his very first series. Credits him for his contributions with both bat and ball. Praises Blundell too and feels that the ball was doing enough and he hung in well. Feels that they got to learn a lot from this series. Finishes off by saying that they are looking forward to their next series when they take on their neighbors, Australia.

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