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India vs New Zealand 1st Test: Kiwis Turn Turtle, Succumb To Innings Defeat As Ashwin And Ojha Dominate

By on August 26, 2012

India 438 (Pujara 159, Dhoni 73, Patel 4-100) beat New Zealand 159 (Franklin 43* Ashwin 6-31) & 164 (Williamson 52, Ashwin 6-54) by an innings and 115 runs…

Even the rain gods couldn’t save New Zealand’s batsmen from looking woeful. It rained for more than an hour but to the relief of the Indian players and the Sunday crowd, play was underway two hours after the scheduled start.

The reluctant Kiwis took to the field and 100 minutes later it became clear why they would have preferred the rains to continue.

It took India only 61.5 overs in 235 minutes of play – 24 minutes after the tea break – to wrap up the Kiwi innings and record a comprehensive innings and 115-run win to go one-up in the first of the two-match series at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium.

The visitors were bowled out for 164 with off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin doing the most damage with his second six-wicket haul in the match.

He finished with figures of six for 54 to add to his six for 31 in the first innings. These are the best figures for an Indian bowler against NZ in Tests.

The Kiwi resistance crumbled after 100 minutes of play when umpire Steve Davis ruled McCullum leg before to Umesh Yadav. The dashing opener, who shook his head in disbelief as he walked back to the pavilion, should consider himself a bit unlucky as it looked like the ball had hit the bat before striking the pads.

McCullum had stayed at the crease for 174 minutes and faced 130 balls while making 42 (3×4). This was the much-needed breakthrough for the Indians as the spinners took over and the visitors lost their last seven wickets for 26 runs.

Ashwin cleaned up Ross Taylor (7) and then Ojha got the prized wicket of Williamson.

The Kiwi batsman was beaten by a ball that turned and bounced and he edged to slip, where Virender Sehwag pulled off a brilliant one-handed catch. Williamson, who had looked good in the first innings too before perishing while trying to cut Ojha, recorded the highest score for any New Zealand batsman in the match. His 52 (4×4) came off 163 balls in a 197-minute stay at the wicket.

Thereafter, there was no stopping the Indians as Ashwin got rid of Daniel Flynn (11; 54b 1×4) and the dangerous James Franklin (5; 17b, 1×4), who had made an unbeaten 43 in the first innings.

Source: Times of India

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