Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni shared in an unbroken 96-run stand to guide India to a five-wicket victory over New Zealand in the second Test to seal the two-match series 2-0.
Kohli, who scored 103 in the first innings, made an unbeaten 51 while Dhoni finished on 48 not out as India cruised to their victory target of 261 in the final session of the fourth day in Bangalore.
Dhoni finished things off with a four and a huge six off the first two balls of a Jeetan Patel over as India secured the fifth-highest fourth innings chase in their history.
Earlier, New Zealand, starting the penultimate day on 232 for nine in their second innings, added 16 for their final wicket before they were dismissed for 248 when Patel was caught behind off the bowling of Zaheer Khan for 22.
That left India with a testing target to claim victory but openers Virender Sehwag (38) and Gautam Gambhir (34) put on 77 for the first wicket in under 12 overs to give the hosts a flying start. Sehwag smashed seven fours and a six off just 32 balls before he was the first wicket to fall when he was bowled by Patel.
New Zealand then claimed a second scalp six runs later when Gambhir edged Trent Boult to Ross Taylor at first slip, the left-hander having faced 58 balls and struck seven fours.
That left two new batman at the crease in Cheteshwar Pujara and Sachin Tendulkar but they continued the good work of the openers with an unbroken 64-run stand before the teams were forced off for an early tea due to rain.
At that point India were well on course for victory on 147 for two and needing 114 more runs to win. However, New Zealand battled back at the start of the final session to leave the outcome of the match back in the balance.
Tendulkar fell for 27, bowled by Tim Southee, and then Patel (three for 68) made a double breakthrough to send back Pujara for 48 and Suresh Raina for a duck as India slipped from 152 for two to 166 for five.
That put New Zealand right back in the contest, but Kohli and Dhoni got India back on track before finishing off the contest in rapid fashion with 22 runs coming off the final seven balls of the match.
- Mahendra Singh Dhoni
- Jeetan Patel
- New Zealand