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India clinches the series against New Zealand in style

  • First win for India under Dravid’s watch
  • Ajaz, Agarwal, Shreyas and Ashwin impress
  • Highest margin of victory registered by India

Mumbai: India triumphed over New Zealand in the second five-day match to clinch the series 1-0. New Zealand who were 140 for 5 at the end of the third day had crumbled for 167 all out. Ashwin and Jayant Yadav had taken four wickets each. New Zealand were bundled out for a mere 62 runs in their first innings.

New Zealand could save the first match thanks to the resistance put up debutant Rachin Ravindra. In the second test, New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel created history by claiming all the ten wickets in India’s first innings. He was the third bowler in cricket history to do this feat ending his effort with 10 for 225. One of the other two bowlers to do the magic of bagging all the wickets in the innings was Indian spinner Anil Kumble. Among the batsmen, Indian opener Aggarwal made a wonderful 150 in the first innings and 62 runs in the second. This a signal to the selectors who would be deciding the team for the South African tour very soon.

The form of two batsmen Rahane and Pujara is a matter of worry for Indian selectors. With youngsters such as Shreyas, who scored a century on the debut in the first test, Rahane cannot effort to relax.

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