Cricket: India’s whitewash in New Zealand
They may be the champions of ODIs and Twenty20 but India couldn’t stand up to the pressure of playing Test matches against New Zealand.
New Zealand defeated top-ranked India by seven wickets in the second Test, following up their 10-wicket win in the first to sweep the series.
Needing only 132 runs to win after dismissing India for 124 in its second innings, New Zealand were marched toward that total by openers Tom Latham (52) and Tom Blundell (55), who put on 103 for the first wicket.
India arrived in New Zealand unbeaten in seven matches in the Test Championship and atop the standings. New Zealand, in contrast, was coming off a crushing 3-0 Test series defeat in Australia which made light of their Test ranking of No. 2.
But New Zealand showed again how formidable they can be in their own conditions. They have now won six consecutive Test series at home.
New Zealand bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee didn’t let the Indian batsmen breathe. And despite some good innings by Mohd Shami, Indian batting side couldn’t stand a formidable score.