New Zealand snatched a 40-run victory over India in the first test in Auckland on Sunday.
India were bowled out for 366 on the fourth day after starting the day on 87-1. Chasing a target 407, India had looked good for victory as Shikhar Dhawan hit 115.
Dhawan was ably assisted by Virat Kohli (67) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (39).
|New Zealand First Innings||India First Innings|
|503 all out (121.4 overs)||202 all out (60 overs)|
|New Zealand Second Innings||India Second Innings|
|105 all out (41.2 overs)||366 all out (96.3 overs)|
|New Zealand won by 40 runs|
Dhoni's dismissal was a key and controversial point in the match. The captain was dismissed by Neil Wagner by what appeared like a no-ball.
The umpires asked for a video replay, which seemed to show that Wagner's foot had touched the side crease, but Dhoni was given out nonetheless.
India were bowled out for 366 three balls later as Ishant Sharma edged Boult through to Watling.
India had shown tremendous grit to work their way back into contention after New Zealand took a 301-run lead following the first innings.
Brendon McCullum's imperious knock of 224 saw him named man-of-the-match.
But India responded convincingly, dismissing New Zealand for 105 in their second innings. That still left India with 407 runs to chase down, which would have been the third-highest run-chase in history.
And despite briefly threatening to successfully chase down, especially when Dahwan and Kohli put on 126 runs for the third wicket, India fell short by 40 runs as Wagner dismissed the resistance.
The Times of India reported Dhoni's comments at the post-match interview:
The bowlers bowled fantastically well to get us back. One of the best that I have seen our bowlers bowl especially on a good wicket. They kept it tight and bowled wicket-taking deliveries at the same time. They need to continue doing that.
When you go and not look at what you want to achieve at the end, you can slowly graduate into bigger goals.
Wagner would prove key to the victory as he took the key wickets for 4-62.
Boult and Southee took the remaining Indian wickets, with 3-86 and 3-81 respectively.
India will travel to Wellington on Thursday for the final Test, hoping to repeat the form that saw them dominate the second half of the test.
If Dahwan, Kohli and India's bowling attack can replicate their form from the third and fourth days of the first test, they should stand a strong chance of levelling the series.
A win would be the first Test India have won away from home since June 2011.