India climb to No.1 rankings after brushing aside New Zealand by 178 runs

The second test match between India and New Zealand ended on four day as India won by 178 wins to win the match and the series at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. This time is not spin duo who did the damage but the pace department for India did a commendable job on a surface little assistance or sideways movement from the pitch. New Zealand on day 4 battled hard led by opener Tom Latham who top scored with 74 runs and showed application on a surface that has just enough for the bowlers to keep them interested.

The new ball could not provide breakthroughs for India as it was Mohammad Shami with the old ball who exhibited exceptional display of reverse swing bowling on a surface at Eden Gardens. Once Latham was dismissed by off spinner Ravi Ashwin, the other batsmen could not hang around as Shami prove to be potent with the old ball. It was all-around effort from the Indian bowling lineup that setup yet another win to take to no.1 rankings in ICC rankings for test teams.

Shami showed great skills with older ball to outfox kiwi batsmen who had no answer to his spell on the day 4 of the test match. He did remove Santner and BJ Watling in no time to see New Zealand placed at 156 for 6 with India needing four wickets. Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked the wicket of Jeetan Patel while Jadeja also picked Mathew Henry to see New Zealand fold for 197 runs in 82nd over.

New Zealand were always going to be in further scrutiny after captain Kane Williamson was ruled of the game due to injury. India continued their winning streak in test cricket as they now sit at the top of ladder in the ICC Test Team Rankings to knock Pakistan to second position. India has plenty of cricket at home that seem that make them sit in the no.1 place for a much longer period.

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