Steven Smith back as No. 1 Test batsman as Virat Kohli slides

Tim Southee bowling against India 2020

The world's top-ranked team crashed to a 10-wicket defeat in the first session of day four to snap a nine-Test unbeaten streak dating back to the 2018 Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

The only Indian to make it to ICC top Test Ranking Bowler is Ravichandran Ashwin at the ninth spot with 765 points in the list lead by Australia's Pat Cummins at the top with 904 points. "The mindset can shift very quickly".

Virat Kohli had a forgettable outing in the Wellington Test as India suffered a crushing ten-wicket loss at the hands of the Kiwis.

"For some people, it might be the end of the world, but it's not". The simple truth is we did not play good enough cricket and that's why we lost.

"We don't want to make too much of this pitch and what conditions were like".

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson described New Zealand's 100th Test victory as a "special effort with the ball and some handy contributions with the bat".

New Zealand's drubbing of India was hailed as one of their best in Black Caps' history by the media here.

"From my perspective I think it was our most accurate performance with the ball".

Southee had match figures of 9-110, while debutant Kyle Jamieson impressed with 4-39 in India's below par first innings total as the pace attack put the visitors under pressure for long periods and restricted their scoring.

Southee said a mix of short balls and swinging deliveries had unsettled India's batsmen.

Shaw, who was in contention to replace injured Rohit Sharma, was picked over India A skipper Shubman Gill to open alongside Mayank Agarwal. The 33-year-old South African-born bowler stood tall among the ruins when New Zealand toured Australia recently by taking 17 wickets in three matches.

While they had the benefit of first use of a green Basin Reserve wicket, Stead admitted he had been surprised at how easily they ran through India's lineup and dismissed them for 165 and 191.

With Neil Wagner set to return to the mix after missing the first Test due to the birth of his first child, Jamieson is no certainty to play the second match at Christchurch's Hagley Oval starting on Saturday.



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