India run down Black Caps

  • Last Updated: September 3 2012, 13:18 BST

Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni shared in an unbroken 96-run stand to guide India to a five-wicket victory over New Zealand in the second Test to seal the two-match series 2-0.

MS Dhoni: 48 not out for India

Kohli, who scored 103 in the first innings, made an unbeaten 51 while Dhoni finished on 48 not out as India cruised to their victory target of 261 in the final session of the fourth day in Bangalore.

Dhoni finished things off with a four and a huge six off the first two balls of a Jeetan Patel over as India secured the fifth-highest fourth innings chase in their history.

Earlier, New Zealand, starting the penultimate day on 232 for nine in their second innings, added 16 for their final wicket before they were dismissed for 248 when Patel was caught behind off the bowling of Zaheer Khan for 22.

That left India with a testing target to claim victory but openers Virender Sehwag (38) and Gautam Gambhir (34) put on 77 for the first wicket in under 12 overs to give the hosts a flying start.

Sehwag smashed seven fours and a six off just 32 balls before he was the first wicket to fall when he was bowled by Patel.

New Zealand then claimed a second scalp six runs later when Gambhir edged Trent Boult to Ross Taylor at first slip, the left-hander having faced 58 balls and struck seven fours.

That left two new batman at the crease in Cheteshwar Pujara and Sachin Tendulkar but they continued the good work of the openers with an unbroken 64-run stand before the teams were forced off for an early tea due to rain.

At that point India were well on course for victory on 147 for two and needing 114 more runs to win.

However, New Zealand battled back at the start of the final session to leave the outcome of the match back in the balance.

Tendulkar fell for 27, bowled by Tim Southee, and then Patel (three for 68) made a double breakthrough to send back Pujara for 48 and Suresh Raina for a duck as India slipped from 152 for two to 166 for five.

That put New Zealand right back in the contest, but Kohli and Dhoni got India back on track before finishing off the contest in rapid fashion with 22 runs coming off the final seven balls of the match.

India captain Dhoni heaped praise on man of the match Kohli but also lauded his bowling attack, and in particular spin duo R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha, who between them claimed 13 of the 20 New Zealand wickets to fall.

Dhoni said on Sky Sports 3: "Our spinners were brilliant and I think that's one of the main reasons we have won this game, of course our batting in both innings was superb as well and we're all quite happy with the performance.

"I think Ashwin and Ojha bowled together as a very good club and they were well supported by Umesh Yadav and Zaheer Khan."

He added of the successful run chase: "I think Virat batted really well. There's two ways of getting out of trouble, one is to fight through it and the other is to soak up the pressure and I think Virat really did that in both innings in the match.

"I think he's got a brilliant temperament and he'll just need to keep working on it."

Kohli said: "The New Zealand team came back strongly in the match, getting four quick wickets, and it was a tricky situation when I went into bat but me and MS both decided we'll take it 10 runs at a time and try to see the team through, and the plan worked for us."

Despite the loss, New Zealand captain Ross Taylor was pleased with the way his team responded from their heavy opening Test defeat, which saw them lose by an innings and 115 runs.

"We showed a lot of character and fight to come back from a terrible Test match in Hyderabad but full credit to India, they played pretty well under pressure," said Taylor, who was optimistic of his side's chances today until Kohli and Dhoni joined forces.

"We always knew we were close but the way Kohli and Dhoni went out and batted was outstanding and took the game away from us," he said.