New Zealand fast bowlers Tim Southee and Trent Boult seal their 100th Test win with a comprehensive 10-wicket victory over India.
The massive victory on the fourth morning at Basin Reserve ended New Zealand's run of three losses and India’s seven-match winning streak. India lost their final six wickets for just 47 runs as the pin-point planning and execution of Southee (5/61) and Boult (4/39) rip through the lower middle order to finish off the tail.
Boult led the slide with Southee burst through the opening to bowl India out for 191. The pair switched from their bouncers plan to look for more traditional modes of dismissals.
India started on 144 for 4, heavily relying on Ajinkya Rahane until all of 13 balls. Then, India stuttered to 162 for 7. Rishabh Pant and Ishant Sharma somehow pulled India out of it but yielded soon to set New Zealand a target of nine runs.
New Zealand was firmly in control in Boult’s second over. He took an edge from Rahane when he was on 29 and wicketkeeper BJ Watling completed an easy catch. In the next over, Hanuma Vihari was bowled by Southee.
Southee wrapped it up on the sixth delivery with the second new ball when Jasprit Bumrah was caught in the slips for a duck.
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