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India vs New Zealand 2016: 2nd Test - India won by 178 runs

Updated: 03 October 2016 18:48 IST - Published: 30 September 2016 00:55 IST
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END OF THE TEST: (India won by 178 runs)

Hence, another Test match has been won in a convincing fashion by India, as their as well as Kohli's unbeaten run in Test cricket continues. Kohli has now been undefeated as captain for 13 Tests in a row, and he will be backing himself to continue this run, given that 11 more Tests are to be played this season. That said, we would also like to mention that it has been our pleasure to being the live action to your mobile/computer screens through the live ball-by-ball commentary, and we hope that you enjoyed the coverage as well. The third Test begins on October 8 in Indore, which would also be the first Test to be played at the Holkar Stadium. We'll be back for the LIVE coverage of the final Test of the series as well, but until then, it's a warm goodbye from your commentators, Kaushal Raj, Aadya Sharma and Kislaya Srivastava.

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Virat Kohli: "It was a brilliant Test wicket apart from the uneven bounce here and there. It's a wanted venue in India. It was an all-round performance. The bowlers did well, especially Shami and Bhuvi. Those extra runs by Saha were very important. Saha is the best keeper in the country and he is doing a great job in Tests: is wonderful behind the stumps and can bat. He backs himself and can bat with the tail. Backs himself to play his shots. That hundred in the West Indies really helped his confidence and he has been a revelation for the side."

On the No. 1 Test Ranking:

"To keep playing consistent cricket is our objective, and if we do that, with a long home season, we have a control of the No. 1 ranking. We have played really good cricket for the last one and a half years. We want to keep doing that and show character when needed."

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Ross Taylor: "India did well. Saha got crucial runs and got them over the line. To be honest, I expected the pitch to play differently. But guess, with time, it will get better and better. Anytime you have a 112-run deficit, you are under pressure. The stand between Rohit and Saha took it away and it was difficult to get back."

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"I am very happy about winning the series and getting my first MoM award. When I was out there, I was thinking about defending the good balls and hitting the bad balls. I didn't score in the Kanpur match and so took my time in the beginning. Hence, I watch the ball upto the last minute and use soft hands," says Wriddhiman Saha, the man of the match.

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MAN OF THE MATCH: Wriddhiman Saha for his twin fifties in the match.

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The Jana Bankable Player of the Match award goes to Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

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Another clinical performance by the Indians in what was their 250th Test match at home. On a difficult pitch, that assisted seamers more than spinners, the Indian fast bowling duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami bowled magnificently, both with the new ball as well as with the old ball. Wriddhiman Saha's fifties in each innings definitely make him a contender for the Man of the Match award, while Ashwin and Jadeja did their usual job of picking up wickets at regular intervals.

What this victory also means is that India have climbed to the top of the Test rankings and have dethroned Pakistan, who were the incumbent No. 1 side when this Test had begun. We'll be back shortly with updates from the presentation ceremony.

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81.1 Shami to Boult, OUT! India win by 178 runs! Digs this one short, Boult, expecting a fuller delivery is caught in his crease. The ball creeps up onto him on pitching. It gets a thick leading edge off his intended pull and soars in the air, finally nestling in the hands of Murali Vijay positioned at second slip.

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Here's Bhuvi's partner-in-crime, Shami, who will look to finish things with the new ball.

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So the Kiwis survive the first over by Bhuvneshwar, although the Indian asked plenty of questions through his swinging deliveries. Let's see if they survive another.

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80.6 Bhuvneshwar to Wagner, no run, this one is closer to Wagner, who tries to find some wood on his bat to make contact. The ball sneaks past.

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80.5 Bhuvneshwar to Wagner, no run, can't get his radar right, hurls it away from the stumps. It swings further away after pitching.

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80.4 Bhuvneshwar to Boult, shuffles across and dabs the delivery to long leg to safely get off strike.

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80.3 Bhuvneshwar to Wagner, 1 run, full outside the off stump, guided to deep backward point for a change of ends.

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80.2 Bhuvneshwar to Wagner, 2 runs, this one swings into the left hander, who gets a thick edge off his bat to square leg.

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80.1 Bhuvneshwar to Boult, 1 run, swings this one into the batsman, who somehow manages to fend it away to square leg.

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Yes, here's Bhuvneshwar with the new ball!

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Alright, the second new ball is due now. Will Kohli take it and bring back Bhuvneshwar to have a final assault at the Kiwis?

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79.6 Shami to Wagner, no run, safely defends the fullish delivery back to the bowler.

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79.5 Shami to Wagner, no run, angles it into the batsman, who manages to poke it away.

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79.4 Shami to Wagner, no run, gets a thick edge off his sheepish poke, which lands just short of the fielder at second slip. Close!