World Test Championship: Blackcaps crushed in record defeat, as India seal test series victory

India have crushed the Blackcaps by a record 372 runs in the second test at Mumbai, winning their two-match series 1-0.

Resuming on the fourth day at 140/5, New Zealand were tasked with an almost impossible target of 540 runs, needing to bat two full days to save the match, but their rearguard resistance lasted less than an hour, as the final five wickets fell for only 27 runs.

The defeat eclipses their previous 358-run record against South Africa at Johannesburg in 2007. The loss also brings to an end the Blackcaps' 10-test unbeaten streak, a New Zealand record.

India's Mayank Agarwal was named as the man-of-the-match for his innings of 150 and 62, while Ravichandran Ashwin was man-of-the-series for his 14 wickets across the two tests.

Returning to the crease, Rachin Ravindra played his shots to India's spinners, hitting four boundaries as his only scoring shots on the final day. 

But on 18, Ravindra pressed forward to defend a ball from Jayant Yadav with hard hands, edging to Cheteshwar Pujara at second slip.

Yadav had his second wicket of the day in the next over, when he trapped Kyle Jamieson leg before wicket for a four-ball duck, before Tim Southee was bowled, attempting to clear long-on in the same over.

Will Somerville became Yadav's fourth scalp in his next over, pressing hard at a length ball that turned sharply back into him, taking the edge of the bat onto the pad and caught by Mayank Agarwal at short leg at 169/7.

After watching four wickets fall from the other end and one shot away from a half-century, Henry Nicholls didn't die wondering. 

Running down the wicket, Nicholls took a wild swing at an off-break in an attempt to clear the ropes, only to watch the ball turn past the outside edge of his bat, straight into the gloves of Wriddhiman Saha. 

Saha needed no second invitation, removing the bails to dismiss Nicholls for 44, leaving New Zealand all out for 167.

The defeat leaves defending champions sixth on the 2021-23 World Test Championship standings, with four points from their two tests played so far. 

But with places now decided on percentage of points won, the Blackcaps' 16.66 percent is ahead of only Bangladesh (yet to score a point), while Australia and South Africa are yet to begin their respective campaigns.

New Zealand will try to ignite their test title defence with a two-test series against Bangladesh, starting at Mt Maunganui on January 1.