India needed less than an hour of play on Monday morning to beat New Zealand's last 5 wickets and finish Test 2. Jayant Yadav took 4 wickets and R Ashwin took the final as India beat New Zealand by 372 throws, their biggest run-in win in a game Experimental cricket.
New Zealand, who were out by 62 points, scored 167 points in the second half as they lost their last 5 wickets for just 27 throws on the morning of the fourth day. He himself is in a difficult field in Mumbai, where the spinners ruled.
Although Ijaz Patel scored 14 wickets, New Zealand recognized the series as the hitters failed to take action against a high-quality Indian attack. Ijaz became the third bowler in Test cricket history after Jim Lacker and Anil Kumble to take all 10 wickets in one round, but became the first elite bowler to lose.
India continues its unbeaten streak at home
It was the 14th consecutive victory of the Indian Test series at home, a streak that runs to the record. In addition, India has won each of the 11 Test series contested for it under Virat Kohli at home.
India once again demonstrated its strength on the bench by clinching a winning streak over the World Test champions despite losing some of its regulars, including Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Jaspreet Pomrah and Muhammad Al Shami.
India have not lost a streak at home to New Zealand in 14 matches over the years. This is India's fourth consecutive win in a Test series over the Black Cabs at home, with India's last win in a Test match in 1988.
Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli started their partnership well, as India beat the World Test champions in a superb manner. In particular, Dravid began his stint as head coach, overseeing India's 3-0 sweep of New Zealand in the T20I series last month.
Mission accomplished in 45 minutes
New Zealand started Monday's match with a score of 140 out of 5. Rashin Ravindra and Henry Nichols started a solid match until Jayant Yadav took the lead earlier in the day.
Gayan then went on a mini tour where he had Kyle Jamison (0) and Tim Southey (0) in the same spot before returning to get Will Somerville.
R Ashwin capped matters by taking a wicket from Nichols, who was the only player on the New Zealand team to hit 100 balls or more in the Mumbai Test.
Ashwin was 66th in the India and New Zealand Test when he passed Richard Hadley's tally for most terrain in that competition. Ashwin also became the second Indian spinner after Anil Kumble to take home 300 wickets.
Mayank raise your hand because big guns fail
There was a lot of pressure on Mayank Agarwal as he was expected to be eliminated to replace Virat Kohli at XI as the captain missed the Kanpur test. However, Ajinkia Rahani's injury caused Mayank to hold onto his spot.
He provided nearly half of India's first entry into the Mumbai field, which provided a lot of support to the spinners. This was his first century of testing in two years when the opener happily hit him out of the air after crossing the 3-digit mark on the second day of the second test.
Mayank has dominated the New Zealand races, with the ability to leave the track and hit the big boys with ease. He joins the elite list of Indian hitters who scored over fifty starting points in a Test at Wankidi Stadium in Mumbai. He has imitated players like Chetan Chauhan (52, 84 in 1978), Sunil Gavaskar (205, 73 in 1978) and Chris Srikanth (71 in 1987, 65) after over fifty goals in the prestigious place.
India will now face South Africa in the third round of the series. The much-anticipated tour has been postponed and will now begin on December 26.
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