India wins by 5 wickets and series 2-0
Mon, 03 Sep 2012 11:57p.m.
The BlackCaps just could not hold off the bats of India in the final cricket test in Bangalore.
In-form batsmen Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni combined for a 96-run unbroken stand to help India defeat New Zealand by five wickets on the fourth day of the second test to complete a 2-0 series victory.
When the tourists took a quick three wickets after the weather enforced early tea break, things started to look brighter for the BlackCaps.
Set a target of 261, Kohli and Dhoni put the chase back on track after India had slipped from 155-2 to 166-5 after tea when they lost Sachin Tendulkar, Cheteshwar Pujara and Suresh Raina in quick succession.
But the BlackCaps couldn't stop India's momentum as the partnership of Dhoni and Kholi worked hard, Kholi batting up a test 50, bringing a huge response from the home crowd.
Kohli, who had scored 103 in the first innings, remained unbeaten on 51with nine fours while Dhoni followed his first innings 62 with 48 not out that comprised three fours and two sixes.
Needing five runs to win, India finished in style smacking a six into the stands, the Indians finishing on 262 for five taking out the series 2-nil.
India won the first test in Hyderabad by an innings and 115 runs.
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