Jadeja, Ashwin script 197-run victory in India's historic 500th Test


India, who will face England in five Tests before Christmas, are therefore in position to push for a series victory when the second match against New Zealand gets under way in Kolkata on Friday.

Beginning the day at a precarious 93 for four, overnight New Zealand batsmen Luke Ronchi (80) and Mitchell Santner (71) frustrated the Indian bowlers for only about 20 overs by adding 65 runs in the morning session but that only delayed the inevitable.

The two wickets in successive overs, pegged New Zealand back and they were on the verge of a huge defeat.

The Black Caps raised hopes of a fight till the time Ronchi and Santner held fort but it all went downhill for them when the former played an extravagant slog sweep off Ravindra Jadeja, handing India the opening.

"The boys applied themselves well, there were a few moments where we were in a spot of bother", said India skipper Virat Kohli. "I'm sure the series is going to get more and more competitive as it goes on".

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Kohli predictably began with spin from both ends but the batsmen mixed caution with aggression to defy their hosts. Batting against Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja on a fifth-day pitch is always going to be hard for New Zealand.

But left-arm spinnner Ravindra Jadeja, who registered a five-wicket haul in the first innings, managed to break their stand when Ronchi mistimed a flatter delivery and was caught at point by Ravichandran Ashwin.

A small partnership of 36 runs ensured for the following wicket between Santner and BJ Watling (18), but an explosive spell from Mohammed Shami accounted for the latter, trapping him in front as he dealt another blow to the visitors by removing Mark Craig (1) with the very next ball.

Santner completed his fifty but was then served a almost unplayable ball from Ashwin, which pitched way outside the leg-stump, turned and bounced viciously to kiss the shoulder of the bat and nestle in Rohit Sharma's waiting hands at silly point.

The left-hander clobbered three sixes en route to his second Test fifty before breaking into a bat-twirling celebration. "It was a combination of many things but there is no doubt that India was the better team".