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New Zealand win by 40 runs

New Zealand vs India

New Zealand claim 40-run victory over India in first Test in Auckland

New Zealand celebrate their thrilling 40-run victory in Auckland

New Zealand claimed a 40-run victory over India in the first Test after an enthralling finish in Auckland on Sunday.

With the contest in the balance as the tourists resumed at 87-1 on day four chasing a victory target of 407 - which would have been the third highest successful run-chase in Test history - the Black Caps eventually bowled India out for 366 in the final session.

Shikhar Dhawan (115), Virat Kohli (67) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (39 off 41) had threatened to give India their first win away from home in the five-day format since June 2011.

But Neil Wagner (4-62), Tim Southee (3-81) and Trent Boult (3-86) combined to great effect to ensure the hosts moved one up with one to play in the two-match series.

Cheteshwar Pujara (23) fell early on day four at Eden Park, edging a Southee delivery through to BJ Watling for the second of his six second-innings catches.

But Kohli and Dhawan then looked to be taking the game away from New Zealand as they built a 126-run partnership for the third wicket.

The hosts were largely unthreatening but got the break they needed during the middle session as Kohli tried to pull a Wagner delivery and was caught down low by Watling to leave India 222-3.

India on course

Despite the wicket, India still appeared to be on track for an unlikely triumph, having trailed by 301 runs after the first innings - that was until another wicket came largely out of nowhere as a Wagner bouncer caught Dhawan's glove and flew through to Watling.

The arrival of the new ball also brought a wicket as Ajinkya Rahane (18) was given out lbw to Boult despite appearing to hit the delivery.

It was the first ball after tea that really got New Zealand rolling as Rohit Sharma (19) edged a swinging Southee delivery to leave India 270-6.

An aggressive Ravindra Jadeja smashed 26 off 21 before miscuing one from Boult which landed with Ish Sodhi at mid-on and reduced his side to 324-7.

When Zaheer Khan (17) fell, India were 349-8 before the big wicket of Dhoni all but ended the contest in controversial fashion.

The India captain played a short Wagner ball onto his stumps but was told to wait as umpires checked for a no-ball; Wagner's back foot appeared to be touching the side crease at one point, but Dhoni was given out regardless.

Just three balls later and the Test was over as Ishant Sharma (four) got an under-edge off Boult through to Watling to bring a see-saw contest to an end.

Match Details

Date
5th - 9th Feb 2014
Toss
India won the toss and elected to bowl.
Venue
Eden Park, Auckland
Umpires
S J Davis, R A Kettleborough
TV Umpire
G A V Baxter
Match Referee
R S Madugalle
Reserve Umpire
B F Bowden

india BATTING CARD

Batsman R
M. Vijay c Watling b Southee 13
S. Dhawan c Watling b Wagner 115
C.A. Pujara c Watling b Southee 23
V. Kohli c Watling b Wagner 67
R.G. Sharma c Watling b Southee 19
A.M. Rahane lbw Boult 18
M.S. Dhoni b Wagner 39
R.A. Jadeja c Sodhi b Boult 26
Z. Khan c Taylor b Wagner 17
I. Sharma c Watling b Boult 4
Extras 4nb, 2w, 12b, 7lb 25
Total All Out, 96.3 Overs 366
Full Batting Card

new zealand BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
T.A. Boult 23.3 2 86 3
T.G. Southee 23 4 81 3
N. Wagner 25 8 62 4
C.J. Anderson 7 1 22 0
I.S. Sodhi 15 2 78 0
K.S. Williamson 3 0 18 0
Full Bowling Card