Team India crushed New Zealand by a massive margin of 372 runs at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai to capture the two-match series 1-0 on Monday.
Defending the target of 540 runs, Ravichandran Ashwin and Jayant Yadav picked four wickets each, while Axar got one in the fourth innings. Daryl Mitchell top-scored for the Black Caps with 60 runs while Henry Nicholls was dismissed on 44.
Earlier, Mayank Agarwal scored 150 runs in the first innings, while New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel became only the third bowler in Test history to take all 10 wickets in an innings. In the second innings, the hosts declared at 276/7 after bundling out the tourists at 62 in their first innings.
Largest victory for India (by runs):
- 372 vs NZ, Mumbai 2021*
- 337 vs SA, Delhi 2015
- 321 vs NZ, Indore 2016
- 320 vs AUS, Mohali 2008
“Good to finish the Test series on a winning note, came very close in Kanpur, but couldn’t take that last wicket. Credit to the team, they have pulled themselves back from tough situations, and were a bit disappointed at not finishing it off in Kanpur. Good to see the boys step up and take their opportunities, we were missing a few seniors, but the youngsters have taken their chances,” said India coach Rahul Dravid after the match.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Beating NO. 1 Test side in almost three days by the biggest margin in Home conditions is great! Congratulations Team India for beating the WTC champion in the #INDvNZ Test series. #NZvIND #CricketTwitter
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) December 6, 2021
Fantastic win for India. New Zealand played fabulously to save the first test match but India were just too good in Mumbai. Feel happy for Jayant Yadav who has waited for long for a comeback and Mayank Agarwal showed his class where most other batsmen struggled . #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/ZKpqZgofHp
— Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) December 6, 2021
India ko India main harana namumkin Hai! If World Champion and No.1 side can lose so comprehensively against India which was missing almost half of its regular players, you can imagine the strength of Test side.Congratulations 👏 to the players. #INDvNZ #NZvIND #CricketTwitter
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) December 6, 2021
14th consecutive Test series win at home. Enviable record. India is the modern day ‘final frontier’ for the teams across the world.
A gentle reminder that India were missing 6 players from the first playing XI for the first Test at Kanpur and 5 in Mumbai. #IndvNZ
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 6, 2021
Inevitable. This is a quality test side. Very very difficult to beat at home.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 6, 2021
Thanks for hosting us, India.
Congratulations on a well-deserved Test Series win.
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 6, 2021
INDIA WIN by 372 runs 👏👏
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 6, 2021
Virat Kohli becomes the first ever player to be a part of 50 Test wins, 50 ODI wins and 50 T20I wins.#INDvNZ
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) December 6, 2021
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) December 6, 2021
India win by 372 runs (biggest-ever win by runs) and win the series by 1-0
And back to number 1 in ICC Test Rankings#INDvNZ
— Subhayan Chakraborty (@CricSubhayan) December 6, 2021
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) December 6, 2021
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 6, 2021
What a victory for Team India! Winning by a mile. That is something else. Also, can I be part of the North Stand Gang? Seems like a hoot! 😄 #INDvNZ
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) December 6, 2021
India win by 372 runs and take the series 1-0 👏
— ICC (@ICC) December 6, 2021
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) December 6, 2021
INDIAAAA WIN 💙💙💙
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) December 6, 2021