India bowlers guided the team to a convincing victory of New Zealand in the second Test match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday to hand India an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. New Zealand, chasing a target of 376 runs, were bowled out for 197 in their second innings that gave India a 178 run victory.
With this win, India are now the number one ranked team in Test cricket after dethroning Pakistan who were top of the ranking after drawing their Test series against England in August.
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Three Indian bowlers — Mohammed Shami, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja — took three wickets each while Bhuvneshwar Kumar took a wicket as well. Wriddhiman Saha was named the man-of-the-match for his two unbeaten half-centuries in at his home ground. After the win, India captain Virat Kohli said that it was a great moment and India will make it their objective to remain at top for a long period of time. The third and final Test of the series begins in Indore on October 8, Saturday.