Bangalore, Sep 4 (): India thrashed New Zealand 2-0 in the Tests after Young Virat Kohli and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni held their nerves under pressure scripting a comfortable five-wicket win over New Zealand.
India needed 261 to win, were 166 for five after losing three quick wickets – Tendulkar, Pujara and Suresh Raina at one stage. Dhoni made 48 runs from 60 balls with 3 fours and 2 sixes while an anchor role from Virat Kohli, who made 51 from 82 balls with 9 fours, kept India out of the trouble. Kohli and Dhoni made unbeaten 96-run partnership for the sixth wicket.
Earlier Pujara missed his half century by two runs and made 48 runs in 104 balls with 7 fours. Pujara walked in at number three and partnered with Sachin Tendulkar, stitched a partnership that took Indian total past 150-run mark.
Raina, who had pulled out India from a hole in the first innings with his magnificent 55, threw his wicket with a reckless shot as he was castled by Patel. At start of the innings, the openers gave a good start to India’s chase before being out in quick succession as India reached 88 for two at lunch.
Ashwin was declared the Man of the Series, took 18 wickets in the series at just 13.11 runs per wicket.
Kohli scored 212 runs in the series at an average of 106.00, hit a crucial century in the first innings to lift the team out of troubles.
New Zealand: 1st Innings – 365 (Ross Taylor 113, Kruger van Wyk 71, Guptill 53; ojha 5 for 99)
India: 1st Innings – 353 (Virat Kohli 103, M.S.Dhoni 62 Sehweg 43; Tim Southee 7 for 64)
New Zealand: 2nd Innings – 248 (Franklin 41, Ross Taylor 35; Ashwin 5 for 69)
India: 2nd Innings – 262 for 5 ( Kohli 51 n.o, Dhoni 48 n.o, pujara 48; Jeetan patel 3 for 68)
India won the second test.