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All-round India thrash Kiwis

India pulled off a brilliant all-round performance to trounce New Zealand by 178 runs in the second Test to clinch the series with an unassailable 2-0 lead which also propelled them to the top of the ICC rankings dethroning arch-rivals Pakistan, here on Monday.

All-round India thrash Kiwis
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Kolkata

Virat Kohli’s men wrapped up the series-deciding victory on the fourth day of the match after setting the Black Caps a mammoth target of 376 runs to chase. 

The visitors showed some spark to start with but their chase floundered in the posttea session and the side was bowled out for 197 in 81.1 overs in what was India’s 250th home Test. 

The home team had earlier finished its second innings at 263 in 76.5 overs. Wriddhiman Saha picked up his second successive half-century of the match by scoring a 120-ball 58, laced with half a dozen fours. Faced with an improbable chase, Kiwis were off to a confident start before things went downhill in the final session of the day. However, rest of the Black Caps’ line-up failed to apply itself on the tricky track, exploited well by both the pacers and spinners. 

Record LBWs in India 
The Kolkata Test created a record for the maximum legbefore decisions in India (15). The previous record was 13 LBW dismissals at the Gujarat Stadium in Ahmedabad during the first Test match between India and South Africa in 1996. The overall record for most LBW dismissals in a Test came in the first match between West Indies and Pakistan at the Providence Stadium, Guyana in 2011 where 20 of the 40 wickets to fall were were LBW dismissals.

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