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New Zealand hammer India into submission to storm to series sweep
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New Zealand hammer India into submission to storm to series sweep

New Zealand wrapped up a comprehensive win in the second Test inside three days against India to romp to a series whitewash.

The 2-0 margin of victory allows the Black Caps to climb to the third spot in the World Test Championship table.

India began the day at 90 for six and soon slipped to 124 all out before New Zealand easily achieved the target losing just three wickets in the process.

The end came quickly for India on day three as Tim Southee and Trent Boult tormented the batsmen with their variety of inswing and outswing deliveries targeting both sides of the stumps. 

Hanuma Vihari was the first to fall, in Southee's second over when he turned a legside delivery too fine and was caught by BJ Watling diving to his left.

Five balls later and with no addition to the score, India's other overnight batsman Rishabh Pant was caught behind off a Boult delivery that swung away.

Mohammed Shami was caught for five by Tom Blundell at deep mid-wicket and Jasprit Bumrah was run out when trying to give the strike to Ravindra Jadeja, who was unbeaten on 16.

Boult and Southee signed for most of the dismissals with Boult taking four for 28 and Southee three for 36. The swing pair accounted for 25 of the 40 Indian wickets in the series. 

There was enough seam and swing available for India to keep the New Zealand batsmen guessing but Bumrah and Umesh Yadav were unable to apply consistent pressure and Mohammed Shami was troubled by a sore shoulder. 

New Zealand coasted through a century opening stand by Tom Latham and Blundell before losing three quick wickets.

Latham notched his 18th half-century and second of the Test before he was caught behind off Yadav for 52, Kane Williamson had a short stay for five, and Blundell went for 55.