Tim Southee heroics give New Zealand comprehensive win over India

Pacer Tim Southee produced another brilliant spell of fast bowling as New Zealand beat India by 10 wickets in the first Test played at Basin Reserve in Wellington.

The match started with New Zealand captain Kane Williamson winning the toss and opted to bowl first in pacer-friendly conditions.

His decision proved to be as his bowlers were able to generate the kind of assistance to dismiss India for just 165 runs in 68.1 overs. For India, middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane played well and finished with the top-score of 46 runs off 138 balls with the help of five boundaries. Indian Captain Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari perished for low scores in the first innings.

For New Zealand, pacer Tim Southee was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed four wickets whereas debutant pacer Kylie Jamieson picked up four wickets.

In reply, New Zealand managed to post more than respectable 348 in the first innings. Captain Kane Williamson finished with the top score of 89 off 153 with the help of 11 boundaries. Ross Taylor, Tom Blundell, Kylie Jamieson and Colin de Grandhomme also chipped in with crucial runs for the side in the first innings.

For India, pacer Ishant Sharma was the pick of the bowlers and finished with figures of 5 for 68 in 22.2 overs. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin bowled well and claimed three wickets.

Leading by 183 runs going into India’s second innings, New Zeeland produced another impressive effort with the ball and once again dismissed the visitors for less than 200 runs, courtesy Tim Southee’s 10th fifer in the five-day format. Trent Boult also delivered an impressive performance to finish with four wickets to his name.

For India, opener Mayank Agarwal finished the innings with the top score of unbeaten 58 off 99 with the help of seven boundaries and one six.

Chasing just 9 runs to win the match, New Zealand openers Tom Blundell and Tom Latham completed a comprehensive win in the second over of the innings.

For his splendid nine wickets in the match,  Tim Southee was named man of the match for New Zealand.

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