Christchurch. The star-studded Indian team once again proved to be the ‘Kagzi lion’, which the New Zealand disciplined team defeated in the second and final Test within 3 days on Monday by 7 wickets to clinch it 2-0 in the series.
Chasing India’s target of 132 runs, New Zealand won by scoring 132 runs for 3 wickets in 36 overs. Earlier, the Indian team went on to play ahead of 90 for 6 wickets on Monday morning and their second innings was reduced to 124 runs within 1 hour.
While batting, Mohammed Shami was hit by the ball and he did not come out to bowl, which made New Zealand’s path easier. Openers Tom Blundell (55 off 113 balls) and Tom Latham (52 off 74 balls) laid the foundation for an easy win by sharing 103 runs for the first wicket.
By winning this series, New Zealand scored 120 points in the ICC World Test Championship and have a total of 180 points. India, however, topped West Indies, South Africa and Bangladesh with 360 points.
India won the T20 series 5–0 on the New Zealand tour but after that Virat Kohli’s team faced a clean 0–0 in the ODI series and 0–2 in the Test series.
This performance of India proved once again that no matter how good his record on paper is, but when the ball swings and seams, his batsmen collapse. The team faced a similar situation in England in 2014 and 2018 and now in New Zealand.
The problem more than the margin of defeat of the series is that the Indian batsmen knelt without struggling. In 4 innings of the 2 match series, India took just 4 fifties and during this time, the technique of almost all the players including Ajinkya Rahane, Mayank Agarwal, Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Prithvi Shaw against the seam and swing ball were questioned.
The biggest shock for India was the performance of Captain Kohli, who could score only 38 runs in 4 innings. India’s lower order failed once again on Monday and the team lost 34 wickets adding 34 runs. Rishabh Pant was given a chance over Wriddhiman Saha but he once again disappointed.
The Indian batting order shattered like cards in front of the stormy bowling of Tim Southee (3 wickets for 36 runs) and Trent Boult (4 wickets for 28 runs). Hanuma Vihari (9) was the first batsman to be out in the morning. He made a catch behind the wicket on a ball going off the leg side.
Pant also then caught the wicketkeeper BJ Watling off Bolt’s ball. He played only 19, 25, 12 and 4 runs innings during this series. Mohammad Shami (5) was dismissed by Southee while Jasprit Bumrah (4) was runout.