Spinners work their magic as India destroys New Zealand in record-breaking win

India’s spinners wasted no time in steamrolling through New Zealand’s remaining batters on Monday to thrash the tourists by a record 372 runs in the second Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai and claim the series 1-0.

It was the biggest margin of victory, by runs, for India in a home match, eclipsing their 337-run win against South Africa in Delhi 2015.

Ravi Ashwin shares a lighter moment with Virat Kohli as India destroyed New Zealand in the second Test in Mumbai.Credit:AP

Spin-bowling all-rounder Jayant Yadav did most of the damage on the fourth morning, picking up 4-49 to rip through New Zealand’s middle and lower order.

Ravichandran Ashwin took the final wicket to finish with 4-34 as New Zealand were all out for just 167 in their second innings, chasing 540 for victory.

Mumbai-born New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel took all 10 wickets against India in the first innings.Credit:AP

It took India just 43 minutes in the first session of day four to wrap up the win after New Zealand had resumed on 5-140.

India set the tone for their domination with the bat, with Mayank Agarwal top-scoring with 150 in the first innings to lead the home side to 325.

And New Zealand’s fate was sealed with a shock capitulation in their first innings reply – skittled for a meagre 62 as Ashwin claimed 4-8 from just eight overs.

The result completely overshadowed the remarkable 10-119 Mumbai-born New Zealand left-arm orthodox spinner Ajaz Patel recorded in a shade under 48 overs in India’s first innings. He went on to claim 4-106 in the second innings as India declared on 7-276.

The first test in Kanpur ended in a draw.

– With Reuters

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