A batting collapse on Day 4 of the first Test broke India’s seven-match winning streak and gave New Zealand their 100th Test victory in Wellington.
Resuming their second innings at 144/4 - still 39 runs behind the hosts - India were bundled out by Tim Southee and Co. for 191 handing the Kiwis a target of 9 runs which they duly completed in 10 balls to launch a famous 10-wicket win in the 1st Test of the 2-match series in Wellington.
It took just 79 minutes for New Zealand to wrap up the Indian innings as Tim Southee (5 for 61) picked up the 10th 5-wicket-haul of his career. Trent Boult finished with 4 for 39.
This is the 11th loss under Virat Kohli for India and curiously all these reverses have come after the captain has lost the toss.
“Day one it was probably the toss that turned out to be very important,” Kohli said. “But at the same time, as a batting unit, we take a lot of pride in being competitive, and we were just not competitive enough.”
The second Test starts in Christchurch from February 29, the final match in a month-long tour.