India seal series victory to regain number one spot


India wrapped up victory in the second Test against New Zealand, prevailing by 178 runs to secure the series and a return to being the number one side in the world.

After being briefly usurped by fierce rivals Pakistan, India moved back to the summit with this success on day four at Eden Gardens - another resounding win after their 197-run triumph in the series opener.

Set a record 376 for victory, the tourists made an assured start, reaching 104-1 before crumbling to 197 all out as India's attack took control.

Opener Tom Latham made a defiant 74 for the Black Caps, but a batting order shorn of star man and captain Kane Williamson through illness struggled to muster much support.

On a turning pitch in Kolkata, Ravichandran Ashwin (3-82) and Ravindra Jadeja (3-41) prospered while seamer Mohammed Shami was also impressive in returning 3-46.

Resuming on 227-8 with an already healthy lead of 339, the hosts added a further 36 in the morning session before the innings was wrapped up, Neil Wagner (1-45) and Trent Boult (3-38) the successful bowlers.

With the highest fourth-innings total at Eden Gardens standing at India's 325-3 in 1948, the Black Caps knew the size of the task and they managed to reach lunch unscathed at 55-0.

However, they lost Martin Guptill lbw to Ashwin for 24 in the first over of the afternoon session, and Henry Nicholls fell for the same score after edging Jadeja to slip.

Ross Taylor's poor trot continued, the stand-in skipper also pinned by Ashwin for just four, the same bowler then claiming the key wicket of Latham, who nicked behind.

Shami then came to the party, trapping Mitchell Santner (9) in front and uprooting the off stump of BJ Watling (1) with an absolute jaffa.

Luke Ronchi had battled hard for 32, but his resistance was ended when he played on from Jadeja and Jeetan Patel (2) was clean bowled in the next over by Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1-28).

Matt Henry (18) was well held by Virat Kohli at short cover to give Jadeja his third and although sub fielder Gautam Gambhir grassed a difficult chance off Boult at silly point, Shami induced a top edge from the same batsman, Murali Vijay claiming a simple chance as India celebrated their return to the summit.