NZ beat India by 40 runs
Auckland, Feb 9 : A spirited New Zealand riding on the fine bowling by Neil Wagner beat India by 40 runs on the fourth day of the first Test at Eden Park here on Sunday.
Set for a target of 407 runs for a victory, India were all out for 366 despite a grand knock of 115 by Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli's 67.
Kiwi bowler Neil Wagner made all the difference taking four wickets.
Wagner took two key wickets in the post-lunch session to close the chapter for India. Wagner scalped Virat Kholi and Shikhar Dhawan and then took the wickets of Zaheer Khan (17) and skipper MS Dhoni (39).
A dramatic fourth day was on cards for spectators as India need 320 runs more to win the first Test against New Zealand after the homeside collapsed dramatically in their second innings at 105.
Chasing 407 for victory, India were 87 for 1 at stumps at the end of third day. But Kiwi bowling spoiled the Indian party.
Neil Wagner in the Test has bowled aggressively for New Zealand and picked up four wickets while Tim Southee and Trent Boult scalped three wickets each.
India skipper MS Dhoni after the loss praised his bowlers though.
"The bowlers bowled fantastically well to get us back. One of the best that I have seen our bowlers bowl especially on a good wicket. They kept it tight and bowled wicket-taking deliveries at the same time. They need to continue doing that. When you go and not look at what you want to achieve at the end, you can slowly graduate into bigger goals," said Dhoni at the post match presentation.
New Zealand 503/10 (121.4)
India: 202/10 (60)
New Zealand 105/10 (41.2)
India 366/10 (96.3)
--IBNS (Posted on 10-02-2014)
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