India today posted a 178-run victory over New Zealand on the fourth day of the second Test at the Eden Gardens here and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in three-Test series.
India struck thrice through their spinners to make inroads into the New Zealand batting, leaving the visitors at 135 for three at tea
Set a target of 376 after India's second innings folded for 263 this morning, New Zealand fought hard in the afternoon session before losing their way. Opener Tom Latham (74* off 144) held his end well and was batting alongside Luke Ronchi (9) at the break.
Trailing 0-1 in the three-match series, New Zealand further require 241 runs to stop India from sealing the series.
Ashwin struck on the fifth ball after lunch, removing the out-of-form Guptill (24) to break the 55-run opening partnership. India took three wickets in the session giving away 80 runs as the ace offspinner registered figures of 2/62..
After Guptill's departure, Henry Nicholls gave good support to Latham before falling to Jadeja (1/25) for 24, getting caught at slips.
All this while, Latham stood firm and completed his second successive half-century and ninth overall by sweeping Jadeja to deep square leg.
An excellent battle was in display between Latham and Jadeja who was even warned by umpire for running on the pitch. Latham's had luck on side as he mistimed one off Ashwin only to survive with confusion prevailing between Kohli and the bowler.
India: 316 & 263 all out in 76.5 overs (Rohit Sharma 82, Wriddhiman Saha 58 not out, Virat Kohli 45; Matt Henry 3/59, Trent Boult 3/38, Mitchell Santner 3/59).
New Zealand: 204 & 197 all out in 81.1 overs (Tom Latham 74, Luke Ronchi 32; Ravindra Jadeja 3/41, Mohammad Shami 3/46, Ravichandran Ashwin 3/82).