India are set to host New Zealand in a two-match Test series as they hope to avenge the ICC World Test Championship Final loss.
New Zealand, on the other hand, may still be feeling down after losing their third out of four ICC Finals. New Zealand were also whitewashed in the three-match T20I series just a couple of days after they featured in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup final.
What do you think? With the likes of Kane Williamson, and Ross Taylor back in the squad, will New Zealand get back to winning ways or will India also commence their Test journey under Rahul Dravid with a win?
We'll have all our questions answered soon. However, do you know the head-to-head record between these two sides? Don't worry, today, we at Cricwizz present to you a detailed analysis of the last five Test meetings between India and New Zealand.
1) India vs New Zealand (June 18, 2021)
The ICC World Test Championship Final played at Southampton saw New Zealand winning the toss and choosing to bowl. India didn't start well and contrived to score just 217. Rohit scored 34, Kohli scored 44, Rahane scored 49, and Jamieson picked five wickets for the Kiwis.
In response, New Zealand scored 249. Latham and Southee scored 30 each, while Devon Conway scored 54. The Kiwi skipper, Kane Williamson scored 49. For India, Shami picked four wickets and Ishant Sharma picked three wickets.
However, India didn't better their performance but rather, they got all out for just 170. Tim Southee and Trent Boult ripped the Indian batting, with New Zealand requiring just 139 to win. New Zealand chased the total with ease and won the match by eight wickets.
The score? New Zealand lead 1-0.
2) India vs New Zealand (February 29, 2020)
New Zealand had won the toss and were bowling at Christchurch. India scored 242, courtesy of three 50s scored by Prithvi Shaw (54), Cheteshwar Pujara (54), and Hanuma Vihari (55).
Kyle Jamieson was the star for New Zealand as he picked five wickets. New Zealand, while batting, fell short of just seven runs and were all out for 235. Latham scored 54, while Jamieson performed with the bat too, scoring 49.
The Mohammed Shami- Jasprit Bumrah duo took down the Kiwi batting, picking four and three wickets respectively. However, India's wonderful bowling went vain as India produced a shambolic batting performance, getting all out for just 124.
This time it was the duo on the other side, Tim Southee and Trent Boult who picked 3 and 4 wickets respectively. New Zealand then managed to chase down the total and won the match by seven wickets.
Latham and Tom Blundell scored 52 and 57 respectively to take New Zealand through. What? Yes, New Zealand double their lead. New Zealand 2 India 0.
3) India vs New Zealand (February 21, 2020)
New Zealand had won the toss and elected to bowl first. It turned out to be a great decision as India were all out for just 165 with only Ajinkya Rahane and Mayank Agarwal among the runs, scoring 46 and 34 respectively.
For New Zealand, Southee picked 4 wickets, and Kyle Jamieson picked 4 wickets too. India were out to bat again and did a better job but it still wasn't good enough. Their innings summed up for just 191 runs, with only Agarwal scoring 58.
Once again, Boult and Southee picked the most wickets, four and five respectively. As a result, New Zealand needed only nine to win and won the match by 10 wickets.
New Zealand are 3 up. NZ 3 IND 0.
4) India vs New Zealand (October 8, 2016)
It was Indore and India were batting first after winning the toss. India registered a mammoth total of 557/5 and declared to which New Zealand responded by scoring 299.
For India, the skipper, Virat Kohli, scored 211, Ajinkya Rahane scored 188, with Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Gautam Gambhir scoring 51*, 41, and 29 respectively.
The Kiwi openers started well but couldn't convert their 50s into 100s, Martin Guptill scored 72, while Tom Latham scored 53.
Jimmy Neesham scored 71 while the rest failed. For India, Ravichandran Ashwin picked six wickets, while Jadeja picked two wickets.
India got a handsome lead and added 216 runs more, with Pujara scoring 101*, while Gambhir scored.
New Zealand needed 475 runs to win but the Kiwi batting collapsed and India won the match by 321 runs. Once again it was Ashwin who dismantled New Zealand, picking up seven wickets.
India opens their account. NZ 3 IND 1.
5) India vs New Zealand (September 30, 2016)
India had won the toss again and were batting first. After a poor start, Cheteshwar Pujara came on top and played an exemplary knock of 87, while Rahane scored 77. Wriddhiman Saha scored an unbeaten 54 and India finished their innings with 316.
Matt Henry picked three wickets. The start was worse for New Zealand and they struggled to keep up with the Indian bowling. The Kiwis were bundled up for 204, with Ross Taylor scoring 36, Luke Ronchi scoring 35, and Jeetan Patel scoring 47.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was India's main wicket-taker as he picked a fifer, while Mohammed Shami picked three wickets.
India couldn't exceed their first innings total and were all out for 263. Kohli scored 45, Rohit scored 82, and Saha came out shining again as he stayed unbeaten and scored 58.
New Zealand needed 376 to win but they could manage only 197. Latham scored 74, while the others failed to cross even 35 and India won the match by 178 runs.
New Zealand 3, India 2.
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