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Ishant Sharma celebrates the wicket of Ross Taylor © Getty Images

 

New Zealand beat India in a thrilling encounter by 40 runs in the first Test at Auckland. The hosts after piling on 503 chose not enforce follow-on when they bundled India out for 302 thereby securing a 301-run lead. But in their second essay, the Kiwis folded up  for just 105 and set a 407-run target for India. The Indians put up a spirited show through Shikhar Dhawan’s century and a 126-run partnership with Virat Kohli (67). Some wild slogging by Ravindra Jadeja kept the match interesting before Neil Wagner struck crucial blows to seal the match in New Zealand’s favour.