India celebrated its 500th Test in style when they overcame New Zealand’s final dogged resistance to win the series opener by 197 runs and went up 1-0 in the three-match series.
Chasing down a target of 434 was never a realistic equation for New Zealand and with only six wickets in hand going in to the final day of India's 500th Test match, the query was how soon will India wrap the 1st India vs New Zealand Test match at Green Park, Kanpur on a track offering generous spin and bounce, to take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series. On the fifth and final day of the match at Green Park, India bowled out the visitors for 236 in their second innings.
While New Zealand delayed the inevitable with some resistance in the morning session of the last day, India broke down their defence to register a thumping 197-run win 14.3 overs in to the second session. Shortly after Lunch, they set them an improbable target of 434. Ravinder Jadeja was declared Man of the Match for his fine all-round performance. He had taken six wickets and scored 92 runs in the match. Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, also had a memorable outing with he becoming the fastest Indian player to clinch 200 Test wickets. The feat makes Ashwin the fastest Asian and second quickest bowler in the world to reach the milestone of taking 200 Test wickets in just 37 Tests. He also took 6 wickets in the innings completed his fifth six-wicket haul in his career.
This victory was India’s 88th on the home turf. It also gave them a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series. With this, India has now taken their unbeaten tally on home soil to 11 matches.
On the other hand New Zealand has remained without a win on the Indian soil since 1998.
India is the 4th country to play 500 Tests in a format which has 10 participants. Others countries include England (played 976 test matches), Australia (791) and West Indies (517). The first ever Test match was played by India in England on June 25, 1932 under Douglas Jardine. CK Nayudu was the captain of the Indian team.