India vs New Zealand, second test: New Zealand beats India in three days, wins the series 2-0
CHRISTCHURCH: An Indian team full of stars received a reality test from a disciplined New Zealand side that completed a memorable sweep of the series with a seven-win win within three days in the second Test here Monday.
New Zealand pursued a modest victory goal of 132 in just 36 overs after India's second inning doubled by 124 in less than an hour on the third day.
Tom Latham (52 of 74 balls) and Tom Blundell (55 of 113 balls) had a good batting session as Mohammed Shami He did not play after lunch due to a ball impact injury while batting.
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Some 120 solid points brought the New Zealand count to 180, even when India remained at the top with 360 points courtesy of its series victories against the humble West Indies, exhausted South Africa and Bangladesh below par.
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The good feeling of a 5-0 T20 series victory seemed like an ancient story, since the beginning of a dream became a virtual nightmare for virat Kohli The group that has always prided itself on acting abroad.
However, a look at India's performance abroad indicates that every time the ball swayed and sank, the reputation shattered. It happened in England in 2014 and 2018 and now New Zealand has exposed them once again.
Beyond the margin, the form of surrender will once again pursue the current Indian team, which leaves this part of the world with many unanswered questions.
It is not only about the technique of some of the best players against moving deliveries, but also about their mentality when subjected to the bomb.
There were only four and a half centuries in four entries in this series with techniques from some of the players like Ajinkya Rahane, Mayank Agarwal against sewing and swing, leaving much to be desired.
The 38 races of Skipper Kohli in four innings were one of the biggest setbacks for the visitors of the series.
Prithvi Shaw is a work in progress when it comes to making decisions about deliveries in the fourth stump and, of course, the short ball, which the Kiwis used freely to get rid of it from the beginning of practice games.
Kohli's problems against sewing deliveries reappeared during the series, but there is little time to return to the drawing board with a tight schedule for the remaining part of the year.
Next time, India will play in England in 2021 and, therefore, some of the problems may persist without time in the meantime for a course correction.
On Monday, there was another lower order collapse since the last four wickets were for 34 races, but the lack of common sense of someone like Rishabh pants playing for his place on the side was daunting.
It was the pair of Tim Southee (3/36 in 11 overs) and Trent Boult (4/28 in 14 overs), which once again tormented the Indian batters, who were all at sea against quality bowling on a slightly challenging track.
In the morning, Hanuma Vihari (9) was caught by the side of the leg of an innocuous Southee birth.
On a track where it was almost impossible to defend, Pant was seen pushing and pushing defensively, something that is not his natural game. The result was a half blow in a delivery that went away and landed safely on the wicketkeeper's gloves.
The intention so commented was completely lacking in the Pant game and its approach defied logic. Especially after coach Ravi Shastri talked about how his aggressive batting scored on Wriddhiman Saha, but surely questions will be asked about whether scores of 19, 25, 12 and 4 justify his inclusion on a more successful stumper.