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India snatch top slot from Pakistan

Virat Kohli's boys thrash New Zealand by 197 runs in Kanpur Test in India's 500th Test match

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Publish Date: Sep 26 2016 2:30PM | Updated Date: Sep 26 2016 2:30PM

India snatch top slot from Pakistan

Teammates congratulate Mohammed Shami after his wicket of Mark Craig on Monday at the Green Park Stadium. (Photo: espncricinfo.com)

 

India thrashed New Zealand by 197 runs on the fifth day Kanpur on Monday to snatch the top ranking from Pakistan in their 500th Test match.

 
Chasing a huge target of 434 runs, the Kiwis were 93 for four at stumps on day four and on Monday lost the remaining six wickets for just 143 runs.
 
Mitchell Santner (71) and Luke Ronchi (80) put up a strong resistance but they could not hold on.
 
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (6/132) nailed the final three wickets of the day, while medium pacer Mohammad Shami got wo wickets on the final day.
 
New Zealand began the day brightly with Santner and Ronchi stitching a 102-run partnership for the fifth wicket.
 
Ronchi registered his second fifty in Test cricket as he completed a stroke-filled knock.
 
However, with his score at 80 and his team's total at 158/4, Rocnchi top-edged a Ravindra Jadeja delivery to Ravichandran Ashwin at point to lose his wicket. 
 
Later, seamer Mohammad Shami removed B.J. Watling (18) and Mark Craig (1) to rout the Kiwi lower middle-order. 
 
After lunch, it was just a matter of time before India took the remaining three wickets.