On the fifth day’s wicket, the off-spinner went wicketless in 36 overs with disastrous consequences. Despite the cushion of 457 runs, India failed to finish off the Proteas on the final day. An awkward turn of events
Before India ended their second overseas tour in a row with only defeats and misses, they briefly flirted with disaster on the final day before the second Test ended in a draw at the Basin Reserve on Tuesday.
Despite his team being painfully crushed by New Zealand, India skipper MS Dhoni on Tuesday attempted to put up a brave front, saying it was "quite a good performance" by his team in the Test matches.
Virat Kohli hit his sixth Test ton while Brendon McCullum became the first Kiwi to score a triple on Day 5 of the second Test at the Basin Reserve in Wellington as the match finished in a draw. With this, the hosts win the two match series 1-0.
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was ruing one dropped catch that cost them a potential series-levelling victory over New Zealand in the second Test that ended in a draw on Tuesday.
Kiwi skipper Brendon McCullum’s record-breaking knock and stand with Watling runs India pacers to the ground on a flat pitch and marks a stunning Test turnaround for the hosts.
The cricketing cliche of taking each ball on its merits and then switching off to deal with the next was never more appropriate on Monday as Brendon McCullum and BJ Watling batted New Zealand into a strong position in the second test against India.
New Zealand got to 571 for six at stumps thanks to Brendon McCullum's first 250 plus score and a record partnership between him and BJ Watling on Day 4 of the second test at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.
India's brilliant first day in the second Test at the Basin Reserve had much to do with demonstrating they had learnt from the past. Ishant went on to capture a career-best innings haul with support from Mohammed Shami, as India's pacers never loosened their grip.
New Zealand skipper left India toiling after they dropped him twice, scoring an uncharacteristically patient unbeaten century to ensure his team averted an innings defeat on the third day of the 2nd Test at the Basin Reserve on Sunday.
New Zealand's spectacular fightback in the ongoing second Test was helped to an extent by dropped catches but Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara on Sunday defended his teammates, saying their fielding has been "fantastic" for most part of the trip.
Skipper Brendon McCullum brought up his 9th Test ton and BJ Watling got a patient 50 to give New Zealand a slender lead on Day 3 of the second Test at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.
Elated after scoring his maiden Test hundred, Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane on Saturday thanked retired legends Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid for inspiring him and helping him become a better player.
Ajinkya Rahane underlined his talent by scoring his maiden Test century to guide India to a solid first innings lead on day two of the second Test at the Basin Reserve on Saturday.
India's good day in the field continued as Zaheer Khan reduced the hosts to 24/1 at stumps after Ajinkya Rahane's maiden ton got India to 438 on Day 2 of the second Test at the Basin Reserve at Wellington.