IND vs NZ, 2nd Test: Chasing a meager 132-run target for victory, New Zealand got to the finish line with the loss of three wickets
Kane Williamson, New Zealand captain:
“Outstanding feeling. Fairly sporting surfaces in both Tests. Bowlers had to put it in the right areas, but this pitch played well on all the days, even though history suggests it flattens out. I don’t think the end result shows how tight that match was. We saw how many times the ball beat the bat. Jamieson’s a very exciting talent and contributed incredibly well with both bat and ball in both games. He’s tall and gets bounce which is very helpful in these conditions. Great progress for him. The guys had to be disciplined, and the wicket was doing enough, but the fast outfields did allow runs, and it was important to hang in there. A few heavy learning curves, a few good bits, and the two games here have been opportunities to take something from it.”
Virat Kohli, India captain:
“I think it was a matter of not having enough intent in the first game. We played well in the first innings here with the bat. It was a combination of us not having the right kind of execution and New Zealand playing well. Batsmen didn’t do enough for the bowlers to attack. It’s disappointing as a side when the batsmen don’t back up the effort of the bowlers. We need to go back, understand what went wrong and move forward. We are not a side that thinks about the result of the toss. We are not going to take excuses from this tour, just the learning. In the ODIs, it was good to see the youngsters stepping up with Rohit not being available and me not getting runs. We need to accept we were not good enough, take it on the chin and move on.”
Kyle Jamieson, Player of the Match:
“It’s been a pretty surreal couple of weeks, just to be part of the group and win a couple of matches feels good. Pitch conditions obviously help and trying to find the fuller length and making decisions more often about the length and sometimes natural variations take over. It’s certainly time that I work on a lot on my batting, especially batting lower down the order and in both tests the partnerships down the order have made a difference. Having had a small taste of Test cricket, it’s important to work on things and come back better.”
That’s Game, Set & Match New Zealand.
A second consecutive hammering for India, who suffer back-to-back series whitewash on the tour after getting blanked in the ODIs (3-0). A complete batting failure for Virat Kohli & Co, who could score more than 200 just once in four innings across the two Tests and had no answer to the Kiwi duo of Tim Southee and Trent Boult. Also, it’s the first series defeat for India in the World Test Championships. They don’t play any Tests until November this year, which will give second-placed Australia to catch up with India’s 360 points.
Brief scores: India 242 (Hanuma Vihari 55; Kyle Jamieson 5-45) & 124 (Trent Boult 4-28) lost to New Zealand 235 (Tom Latham 52; Mohammed Shami 4-22) & 132/3 (Tom Blundell 55, Tom Latham 52) by seven wickets.