India celebrated their 500th test in style when they overcame New Zealand’s final dogged resistance with mesmeric spin and masterful swing to claim the series opener by 197 runs on Monday.
— ICC (@ICC) September 26, 2016
New Zealand were always going to do well to manage anything more than delaying the Indian celebrations when they resumed on 93 for four in their pursuit of an improbable 434-run victory target on a track offering generous spin and bounce.
To their credit, they kept the home bowlers at bay for 50 overs on a turning day-five track before collapsing for 236 to give the hosts a comprehensive victory in the milestone test.
Ravichandran Ashwin claimed 6-132 to complete his 10-wicket match haul and prove why he is considered India’s premier spinner.
His spin partner Ravindra Jadeja was adjudged man-of-the-match for claiming six wickets and scoring 92 runs without being dismissed in either innings.
“A target of 430-odd on a fifth day wicket is very, very hard to get,” home skipper Virat Kohli told reporters.
“All your batsmen, right till number 10, have to bat really well (to achieve that). We knew it’s just a matter of being patient.
“Having batted on that wicket, and all the batsmen would vouch for this, you could not defend your way out of the game,” Kohli added.
When final day’s play began under an overcast sky, overnight batsmen Luke Ronchi and Mitchell Santner (71) continued their resistance against the in-form Indian spinners at Kanpur’s Green Park Stadium.
Kohli predictably began with spin from both ends but the batsmen mixed caution with aggression to defy their hosts.
Left-arm spinner Jadeja finally made the breakthrough when he induced Ronchi into an ill-timed slog against the turn and Ashwin pouched the skier at point.
The dismissal pretty much summed up a test in which India’s spin duo, who shared 16 of the 20 Black Cap wickets between them, combined to wreck New Zealand’s hopes of a result.
It was a tame end to Ronchi’s 102-run partnership with Santner, a defiant battle spread over 36 overs that proved the local spinners were not unplayable.
Ronchi hit nine boundaries and a six before his rush of blood to the head ended his innings on 80.
In a match dominated by the spinners, Mohammed Shami also displayed his reverse swing mastery and got one to jag back into BJ Watling’s pad before he uprooted Mark Craig’s middle stump with another swinging delivery.
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Craig will now return home to recover from a side strain. He was replaced in the squad by Jeetan Patel.
Santner completed his fifty but was then served a near unplayable ball from Ashwin, which pitched way outside the leg-stump, turned and bounced viciously to kiss the shoulder of the bat before nestling in Rohit Sharma’s waiting hands at silly point.
The off-spinner then trapped Neil Wagner leg before to seal the victory.
Kolkata hosts the second of the three tests from Friday.
“They are a good side, particularly in their home conditions and they showed that again,” said New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.
“As a unit, we want to be able to apply pressure for longer, which isn’t always easy in tihs part of the world against a side like India. But it’s certainly a challenge for us moving forward.”
Final scoreboard of the first Test between India and New Zealand in Kanpur on Monday:
India 1st innings 318 (M. Vijay 65, C. Pujara 62; T. Boult 3-67, M. Santner 3-94)
New Zealand 1st innings 262 (K. Williamson 75, T. Latham 58; R. Jadeja 5-73, R. Ashwin 4-93)
India 2nd innings 377/5 declared (C. Pujara 78, M. Vijay 76; M. Santner 2-79, I. Sodhi 2-99)
New Zealand 2nd innings (overnight 93/4)
T. Latham lbw b Ashwin 2 M. Guptill c Vijay b Ashwin 0 K. Williamson lbw b Ashwin 25 R. Taylor run out 17 L. Ronchi c Ashwin b Jadeja 80 M. Santner c Sharma b Ashwin 71 BJ. Watling lbw b Shami 18 M. Craig b Shami 1 I. Sodhi b Ashwin 17 T. Boult not out 2 N. Wagner lbw b Ashwin 0 Extras (lb2, nb1) 3 Total (all out; 87.3 overs) 236
Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Guptill), 2-3 (Latham), 3-43 (Williamson), 4-56 (Taylor), 5-158 (Ronchi), 6-194 (Watling), 7-196 (Craig), 8-223 (Santner), 9-236 (Sodhi), 10-236 (Wagner)
Bowling: Shami 8-2-18-2, Ashwin 35.3-5-132-6, Jadeja 34-17-58-1, Yadav 8-1-23-0, Vijay 2-0-3-0
Toss: India, who chose to bat
Man of the Match: Ravindra Jadeja
Venue: Green Park, Kanpur
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough, Rod Tucker, Anil Chaudhary, CK Nandan
Referee: David Boon
- India innings
- India: 50 runs in 12.3 overs
- 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 96 balls (Murali Vijay 25, Cheteshwar Pujara 27)
- India: 100 runs in 29.3 overs
- Lunch: India – 105/1 in 31 overs
- Murali Vijay: 50 off 119 balls (6 x fours)
- Cheteshwar Pujara: 50 off 84 balls (7 x fours)
- 2nd Wicket: 100 runs in 199 balls (Murali Vijay 42, Cheteshwar Pujara 56)
- India: 150 runs in 47.1 overs
- Tea: India – 185/4 in 59 overs
- India: 200 runs in 62.4 overs
- India: 250 runs in 78.6 overs
- 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 102 balls (Rohit Sharma 17, Ravichandran Ashwin 33)
- End Of Day: India – 291/9 in 90 overs (Ravindra Jadeja 16, Umesh Yadav 8)
- India: 300 runs in 92.6 overs
- Innings Break: India – 318/10 in 97 overs
- New Zealand innings
- New Zealand: 50 runs in 14.2 overs
- Lunch: New Zealand – 71/1 in 21 overs
- 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 98 balls (Tom Latham 19, Kane Williamson 31)
- New Zealand: 100 runs in 31.1 overs
- Tom Latham: 50 off 119 balls (5 x fours)
- Kane Williamson: 50 off 78 balls (5 x fours)
- 2nd Wicket: 100 runs in 183 balls (Tom Latham 43, Kane Williamson 52)
- New Zealand: 150 runs in 46.1 overs
- Tea: New Zealand – 152/1 in 47 overs
- End Of Day: New Zealand – 152/1 in 47 overs
- New Zealand: 200 runs in 68.2 overs
- Lunch: New Zealand – 238/5 in 85 overs
- New Zealand: 250 runs in 88.2 overs
- Innings Break: New Zealand – 262/10 in 95.5 overs
- India innings
- India: 50 runs in 15.4 overs
- 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 94 balls (Lokesh Rahul 37, Murali Vijay 14)
- Tea: India – 52/1 in 18.1 overs
- India: 100 runs in 26.6 overs
- 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 53 balls (Murali Vijay 30, Cheteshwar Pujara 21)
- Murali Vijay: 50 off 106 balls (7 x fours)
- India: 150 runs in 45.1 overs
- 2nd Wicket: 100 runs in 162 balls (Murali Vijay 48, Cheteshwar Pujara 46)
- Cheteshwar Pujara: 50 off 80 balls (8 x fours)
- End Of Day: India – 159/1 in 47 overs (Murali Vijay 64, Cheteshwar Pujara 50)
- India: 200 runs in 62.2 overs
- India: 250 runs in 77.6 overs
- Lunch: India – 252/4 in 81 overs
- India: 300 runs in 93.2 overs
- Rohit Sharma: 50 off 75 balls (7 x fours)
- 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 56 balls (Rohit Sharma 33, Ravindra Jadeja 17)
- Ravindra Jadeja: 50 off 58 balls (2 x fours, 3 x sixes)
- 6th Wicket: 100 runs in 111 balls (Rohit Sharma 50, Ravindra Jadeja 50)
- Tea: India – 377/5 in 107.2 overs
- Innings Break: India – 377/5 in 107.2 overs
- New Zealand innings
- New Zealand: 50 runs in 19.6 overs
- End Of Day: New Zealand – 93/4 in 37 overs (Luke Ronchi 38, Mitchell Santner 8)
- New Zealand: 100 runs in 43.5 overs
- 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 140 balls (Luke Ronchi 37, Mitchell Santner 13)
- Luke Ronchi: 50 off 83 balls (5 x fours, 1 x six)
- New Zealand: 150 runs in 54.2 overs
- 5th Wicket: 100 runs in 207 balls (Luke Ronchi 70, Mitchell Santner 31)
- Mitchell Santner: 50 off 149 balls (4 x fours, 2 x sixes)
- New Zealand: 200 runs in 71.3 overs
- Lunch: New Zealand – 205/7 in 73 overs
|4||Virat Kohli (C)|
|8||Wriddhiman Saha (W)|
New Zealand Squad:
|3||Kane Williamson (C)|
|7||BJ Watling (W)|