Black Caps bowler Tim Southee, who was named man of the match for his 9-110, believed his side's turnaround was in large part due to a return to playing in home conditions, where they are now 12 tests unbeaten. Southee completed his 10th five-wicket haul in tests with 5-61.
Ninety years after their debut, and 64 after their first win, New Zealand have brought up their century of test triumphs with one of their most famous victories.
Kyle Jamieson and Southee picked up four wickets each while Trent Boult chipped in with a solitary wicket. "When you have a couple of poor ones, the want for a good one can be a distraction to getting it", argued Williamson. "For us it's a game of cricket", he said.
India came into this match as test cricket's undisputed world No 1 - a team that had ruled all comers in the Test Championship to claim a record seven straight victories, all by emphatic margins that underlined just how dominant a side they were.
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"We had so many fast bowlers with injuries".
The hosts had resumed on 216-5 but BJ Watling was dismissed on the first delivery when he played at a lifting Bumrah ball and was caught by wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant for 14.
Happiness is snaring the wicket of Virat Kohli, for Trent Boult and the New Zealand team on Sunday. Ashwin then removed de Grandhomme for 43. "We let ourselves down massively with the bat in the first innings", Kohli said. The senior Indian paceman spent two days at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, undergoing tests to confirm he had made a total recovery from the twin ligament tears in his right ankle sustained during a Ranji Trophy game in New Delhi more than a month back. "But Murshida Khatun played very well with the bat for us - she's in good form nowadays", Joty said.
Asked if he was surprised how quickly India's powerhouse batting lineup capitulated for 165 and 191, Stead said: "It was a bit of a surprise but that's testament to the pressure we put on those guys for long periods of time".
With Wagner returning for the second match at Hagley Oval beginning on Saturday, the Black Caps are left with the hard choice as to the make up of their bowling attack.