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India beat New Zealand by 197 runs; Dethrones Pakistan from No.1 spot in Test rankings
India's victory over New Zealand today in the first test match at Kanpur's Green Park cricket stadium is nothing less than memorable and for all the right reasons. This was also India's 500th test match.

The performance of Ravichandran Ashwin who took 10-wickets in two innings and Ravindra Jadeja's all-round show are worth mentioning. Their superb performance helped India take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Chasing down a target of 434 was indeed a tough task in hand for New Zealand. Today, on the 5th and final day of the match the Kiwis started the session at 93 for 4. But the couldn't face the Ashwin's ruthless attack and the entire team collapsed at the score of 236 runs.

While India beat New Zealand by 197 runs in the first match of the 3-match series, it also dethroned Pakistan from the No.1 spot in ICC test rankings.

Ever since the current Test rankings were introduced in 2003, it was for the first time that Pakistan was at No. 1 spot. It grabbed the top spot after its 2-2 draw against England. It was last week (Sept. 21) that captain of Pakistan team Misbah-ul-Haq received the Test mace. However, their happiness didn't last long since India dethroned them today (September 26).

While Pakistan had 111 points, India had 110 points. Now, with this victory over Black Caps, India gained 1 point. Although both the countries have 111 points, India is ahead of Pakistan in calculation beyond decimal points.

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