Bangalore: India defeated New Zealand by five wickets in the second Test in Bangalore to win the two-Test series 2-0, with Man-of-the-Match Virat Kohli the architect of victory on day four with an unbeaten 51 to follow his first-innings century. Chasing 261, India were tottering at 166 for 5 at one stage but Kohli and MS Dhoni compiled an unbeaten partnership of 96, the highest successful run-chase in the fourth innings by any team at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium and the fifth highest successful run-chase in fourth innings by India.
Earlier on day four, India bowled out New Zealand for 248 in the morning after the last-wicket pair of Jeetan Patel and Trent Boult added some vital runs. Resuming at 232 for 9, Patel reeled off a couple of boundaries before a short ball from Zaheer Khan went past the outside edge of his bat and was given out by umpire Ian Gould.
Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir then gave India a rousing with a string of boundaries in a 77-run opening stand. Gambhir hit some cracking cover drives as India raced to 50 in eight overs, out of which his contribution was 30 off 33 balls. Sehwag took the charge later as he cracked three boundaries in a Doug Bracewell over, the pick of which was a stunning straight drive. Patel was brought into the attack in the 12th over and Sehwag welcomed him by thumping a six and a boundary, but a reckless swing across the line had Sehwag bowled for 38. Gambhir fell soon after for 34, poking at a delivery from Trent Boult and edging straight to Ross Taylor at first slip.
Sachin Tendulkar and Cheteshwar Pujara steadied the innings, with the youngster particularly impress with his shot off the back foot. A brief rain delay stopped play with India 148 for 2, and once the action resumed New Zealand forced their way back into the match with three quick wickets.
The first to go was Tendulkar who was castled by Tim Southee when he played across the line to a ball which swung in after pitching and ripped out the stumps. This made it the third time in three innings that the veteran had been bowled in the series. Pujara went next, caught at short leg off Patel for 48. Suresh Raina then played a wretched shot to get out, charging down the pitch to Patel while trying to heave him over midwicket. Instead, he was deceived completely and the ball clattered his middle stump. Raina made 0 off 10 balls.
At that point, New Zealand had swung the momentum their way but Taylor made a tactical error at a crucial juncture as he removed Southee from the attack when he was bowling in great rhythm Boult, who replaced Southee, was wayward and leaked runs.
Kohli and Dhoni had a couple of anxious moments before they knuckled down and crafted a match-winning partnership. Dhoni smashed a six off Patel over long leg while Kohli unleashed a flurry of exquisite flicks and cover drives. He notched up his half-century by a resplendent straight drive off Southee before Dhoni sealed the match for India by walloping a six off Patel in the next over. Kohli and Dhoni remained unbeaten on 51 and 48 respectively.