India beat New Zealand to win series, become top Test team

Virat Kohli was smiling like a Cheshire cat at the end of the second Test match in Kolkata and understandably too, considering India sealed the series against New Zealand at the Eden Gardens with another brilliant all-round performance and also regained their No.1 ranking in Test cricket.

Shami, Jadeja and Ashwin scalped three wickets each while Bhuvneshwar, after his five-wicket haul in first innings, chipped in with a wicket.

Latham was the pick of New Zealand's batsmen and added 74-stoic runs from 208 balls, before Saha held a fine edge that Ashwin induced from the lefthander.

Wriddhiman Saha and Rohit Sharma have made notable gains and climbed up the ladder in the latest ICC player rankings for Test batsmen, although none of the Indians figure in the top-10 list.

Set a target of 376 after India's second innings folded for 263 this morning, New Zealand fought hard in the afternoon session before losing their way.

The third and final test starting in Indore on Saturday was now simply an opportunity for the Kiwi team to prove the margin between the two teams is not as great as it appears with an unlikely win, or eek out a fighting draw.

Pakistan goes head-to-head with the West Indies from October 13 in the first Test at the Dubai Sports City. Patel, who got his highest Test score, luckily survived in the day's 12th over when a straight one from Ravindra Jadeja caught him rooted to his crease and plumb in front. India has taken a 112 run first innings lead but all that looked in vain as India's top order crumbled with less than 50 runs on board.

The highlight of the day's play in India's second innings was man of the man Saha, who remained unbeaten on 58.

With the team in that sort of form, Ross Taylor's New Zealanders were always fighting an uphill battle.

"First innings, we understood we threw it away with a few loose shots, second innings the New Zealand bowlers really put us under pressure". The second-wicket stand between Latham and Henry Nicolls (24) was of 49 runs, helping the Kiwis reach 104 when Nicolls fell.

"It was pretty hot and humid out there".

Be sure to join The Roar for live scores of Day 4 from 3pm (AEST) and don't forget you can get involved by dropping a comment in the box below. "Yes, we are disappointed, we've got to take the positives and hopefully we can play better in this next match".

However, if New Zealand earn a consolation victory, India will then finish on 111 points, which, in turn, will give Pakistan a chance to reclaim the number-one ranking and the mace.

Resuming the day on 39, Saha was watchful to start with, getting himself adjusted to the variable bounce off the pitch.

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