India end 41-yr drought with historic series win in NZ (1)

Good  day to everyone.  India win Test series on Kiwi soil after 41 yrs.  With reference to NDTV Cricket, despite the draw today, India ended their long wait of 41 years to win a Test series in New Zealand after Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi-led side drubbed the Kiwis 3-1 in 1968.  India claimed their first Test series victory in New Zealand since 1968 after rain forced the third and final Test to end in a draw on Tuesday.

 

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Bad weather disrupted the final day of the last Test of the series at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, allowing the hosts to pick up a draw after being set an improbable target of 617 runs for victory.

As the visitors looked all set to register a 2-0 series victory, the weather refused to relent. The rain forced the teams off 30 minutes into the afternoon session with New Zealand 281 for eight, still 336 runs short, and play was finally called off at 4.31pm local time with 57.3 over remaining.

India won the first Test in Hamilton by 10 wickets, with the second Test at McLean Park ending in a draw after India batted for the final two days to save the game.

They were heading for another thumping victory in Wellington after making 379 in their first innings then bowling the Kiwis out for 197. Captain MS Dhoni declared India’s second innings at 434 for seven midway through the morning session on day four, leaving the New Zealanders a huge run chase they never looked likely to accomplish.

Ross Taylor was again the top scorer for the Black Caps with 107 following on from his first innings of 42. It was Taylor s fourth Test century and second in successive Tests after he scored 151 in the drawn second Test in Napier. Martin Guptill and James Franklin both scored 49 for the only other scores of note in the second innings.

The Indian bowlers Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh proved to be New Zealand’s nemeses, although part-time spinner Sachin Tendulkar’s introduction was rewarding. The little master took two wickets for 26 runs in his six-over spell before lunch.

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