'Just horrible': Fans turn on India after 'shameful' New Zealand loss

India's cricketers have come under fire after an embarrassing loss to New Zealand compounded their Test woes in Wellington.

A sharp spell of bowling by Tim Southee set up a 10-wicket victory for New Zealand before lunch on the fourth day of the first Test.

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India started the day 39 runs in arrears of New Zealand's first innings total after only managing 165 in their first dig and no one managing a half century.

Any hopes of a salvage job soon evaporated though as the home side ripped through the Indian batting line-up with ease.

In just the first four overs on day four, India lost both overnight batsmen Ajinkya Rahane (29) and Hanuma Vihari (15), with Ravichandran Ashwin (4) soon following suit.

India were crushed by 10-wickets in the first Test against New Zealand in Wellington. Pic: Getty

Southee took four wickets for 20 runs on the final morning as he raced through the India tail to leave them all out for 191.

It left the Black Caps a mere nine runs to beat the world's top-ranked side, with Tom Latham and Tom Blundell taking just 10 deliveries to knock off the target and give New Zealand their 100th Test victory.

For India, the 10-wicket defeat marked their first loss in a Test match since 2018.

The result means India have only won one Test match against New Zealand at the Basin Reserve in eight matches now - their last victory coming way back in 1968.

Three of India's biggest stars simply failed to turn up, with Pujara (11, 11) and captain Virat Kohli (2, 19) failing to surpass 20 runs in either innings and strike bowler Jasprit Bumrah (1-88) ineffective on a deck suited to the seam bowlers.

India's passionate fanbase wasted no time in tearing shreds out of the side on social media.

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New Zealand's triumph was a remarkable turnaround in their first Test since being swept 3-0 in their series in Australia less than two months ago.

India resumed the day at 144 for four and lasted only 14 deliveries before they lost their first wicket when Trent Boult removed Ajinkya Rahane for 29.

The New Zealand quick went around the wicket and fired a missile at Rahane that angled in at the batsmen then seamed away to take an edge and he was caught behind.

In the following over, Southee produced an outswinger that beat Hanuma Bihari before bringing the ball back into the batsman with his next delivery to collect the off stump.

India, having started the day intent on occupying the crease long enough to give New Zealand a testing target, were instead after just four overs fighting to avoid an innings defeat with both overnight batsmen gone.

After Southee had Ravi Ashwin trapped in front for four, India tasted a little luck when Ishant Sharma was dropped twice on six.

But it was a short-lived respite, as he added only six further runs before he was out leg before wicket to Colin de Grandhomme.

Southee came back when the new ball was taken to polish off the innings with the wicket of Bumrah to finish with five for 61 to go with his four for 49 in the first innings.

The second Test starts in Christchurch on Saturday.

With agencies