India dealt their first big blow in the ongoing ICC World Test Championship. And, it took an inspired performance by New Zealand to halt India’s seven-match winning streak. Riding on the brilliant performance of their pacers, New Zealand on Monday comfortably defeated India by 10 wickets in the first Test played at the Basin Reserve. Speaking of the game, Scott Styris explained the major difference between both teams bowlers.
The hosts bowled out India for 191 runs in the second innings and then chased down the nine-run target on Day 4 of the Test match with utmost ease to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
Openers Tom Blundell and Tom Latham completed the formalities as they scored the required nine runs inside the first two overs itself.
Indian bowlers were looking for seam movement: Scott Styris
The pace battery of Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami was once again the reason why a lot was expected from this team in Wellington, a venue where India has failed historically.
However, it wasn’t the case in the middle, as they failed to make things happen for the team.
On the other hand, New Zealand bowlers showed their class by delivering goods on a green surface. They constantly troubled the Indian batsmen not only on Day 1 pitch but also in the second innings of the game.
“There is a difference in style of the Indian bowlers and the New Zealand bowlers. The New Zealand bowlers look to swing the ball more and as you saw they got a swing in the second innings also. Indian bowlers were looking for seam movement off the pitch and there was none to be had. That is the reason the likes of Kane Williamson could hit through the line of the ball,” Styris opined on the show for Star Sports Network.
“He was not troubled a lot right up till the point when he was dismissed. Even when Ross Taylor was batting it didn’t look like there were too many demons in the pitch. Virat Kohli though said that he was very happy with the character his bowlers showed in coming back into the match,” Styris added.
It was New Zealand’s 100th Test win, which coincidentally also came in Ross Taylor’s historic 100 Test. Also, this was India’s first defeat in the ongoing World Test Championship.
The two teams will now face each other in the second Test beginning Saturday in Christchurch.