IN­DIA RE­CLAIMS TOP TEST SPOT AFTER NZ-SE­RIES WIN

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

IN­DIA’S bowlers pro­pelled the hosts to a com­pre­hen­sive 178-run win over New Zealand in the sec­ond Test yes­ter­day, to clinch the se­ries and re­claim the top spot in the world rank­ings. Chas­ing 376 runs for vic­tory, New Zealand were bowled out for 197 in the fi­nal ses­sion on the fourth day in Kolkata, with In­dia’s Mo­hammed Shami, Ravichan­dran Ash­win and Ravin­dra Jadeja tak­ing three wick­ets each. Shami claimed the fi­nal wicket of Trent Boult, spark­ing cel­e­bra­tions in the In­dian team who take an unas­sail­able 2-0 lead in the three-match se­ries, after win­ning the first Test in Kan­pur. The vic­tory also sees In­dia jump back to the top of the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil (ICC) Test rank­ings after start­ing the se­ries just one point be­hind archri­vals Pak­istan. Shami and Bhu­vnesh­war Ku­mar, who took five scalps in the first in­nings, shared 12 wick­ets be­tween them on a two-paced track at Eden Gar­dens that of­fered the seam bowlers of both sides great help. In­dia skip­per Vi­rat Kohli paid trib­ute to his bowlers, but also praised wick­et­keeper and bats­man Wrid­dhi­man Saha, named man of the match for his un­beaten half-cen­turies in both in­nings against New Zealand’s ag­gres­sive seam­ers. “Saha was bril­liant, he’s the best keeper in the coun­try, he’s do­ing a great job in Test cricket,” Kohli said. “That hun­dred in the West Indies re­ally im­proved his con­fi­dence, he un­der­stands how to bat with the tail now,” he said of Saha’s re­cent per­for­mance in the Caribbean.

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