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PHOTOS: India thump New Zealand to celebrate 500th Test in style

Last updated on: September 26, 2016 13:48 IST

Images from Day 5 of the first Test between India and New Zealand in Kanpur on Monday.

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IMAGE: India's players winning the first Test in Kanpur after the dismissal of Trent Boult. Photograph: BCCI

India celebrated their 500th Test in style on Monday when they overcame New Zealand's final dogged resistance to win the series opener by 197 runs and go 1-0 up in the three-match series at the Green Park stadium in Kanpur.

New Zealand were always going to do well to manage anything more than delaying the Indian celebrations when they resumed on 93 for four in their pursuit of an improbable 434-run victory target on a track offering generous spin and bounce.

To their credit, they kept the home bowlers at bay for 50 overs, a little more than one session, on a turning day-five track before collapsing for 236 to give the hosts a comprehensive victory in the milestone test.

Ravichandran Ashwin

IMAGE: Ravichandran Ashwin appeals. Photograph: BCCI

Ravichandran Ashwin claimed 6-132 to complete his 10-wicket match haul and prove why he is considered India's premier spinner.

When final day's play began under an overcast sky, overnight batsmen Luke Ronchi (80) and Mitchell Santner (71) continued their resistance against the in-form Indian spinners at Kanpur's Green Park Stadium.

Home skipper Virat Kohli predictably began with spin from both ends but the batsmen mixed caution with aggression to defy their hosts for 20 overs.

IMAGE: Ravindra Jadeja, centre, celebrates with team mates after getting the wicket of Luke Ronchi. Photograph: BCCI

Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja finally made the breakthrough when he induced Ronchi into an ill-timed slog against the turn and Ravichandran Ashwin pouched the skier at point.

The dismissal pretty much summed up a Test in which India's spin duo, who shared 16 of the 20 Kiwi wickets between them, combined to wreck New Zealand's hopes of a result.

It was a tame end to Ronchi's 102-run partnership with Santner, a defiant battle spread over 36 overs that proved the local spinners were not unplayable.

Ronchi hit nine boundaries and a six before his rush of blood to the head ended his innings on 80.

Mitchell Santner

IMAGE: Mitchell Santner bats during Day 5. Photograph: BCCI

In a match dominated by the spinners, Mohammed Shami also displayed his reverse swing mastery and got one to jag back into BJ Watling's pad before he uprooted Mark Craig's middle stump with another swinging delivery.

Craig will now return home to recover from a side strain. He was replaced in the squad by Jeetan Patel.

IMAGE: Virat Kohli and Mohammed Shami celebrate the wicket of BJ Watling. Photograph: BCCI

Santner completed his fifty but was then served a nearly unplayable ball from Ashwin, which pitched way outside the leg-stump, turned and bounced viciously to kiss the shoulder of the bat and nestled in Rohit Sharma's waiting hands at silly point.

The off-spinner trapped Neil Wagner leg before to seal the victory.

Kolkata hosts the second Test from Friday.

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