New Zealand's Hyderabad humiliation was completed in an awful hurry with an innings and 115-run defeat to India in the first cricket test.
After a brief glimmer of hope via Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson, the end arrived with the speed of an executioner's blade as the tourists folded for 164 in their second innings, soon after tea on the fourth day.
They lost their last nine wickets for 66.
It was New Zealand's third successive test defeat; their batting frailties against spin bowling clearly apparent and showing little sign of improvement.
They now have four days in the nets with new coach Mike Hesson and his batting expert, Bob Carter, to try and conjure something before Friday's second test in Bengaluru.
India's prodigious off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will provide some nightmares for the touring batsmen in the ensuing days after he completed his best test figures, 12-85.
He produced the best match figures by an Indian bowler in tests against New Zealand.
Left-armer Pragyan Ojha chimed in with six wickets in a spinner's benefit on a turning pitch.
McCullum, Williamson and James Franklin provided some small positives but there was little to get excited about batting a tick over 140 overs for 313 runs.
Key batsmen Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill had tests to forget, each showing their uncertainty when dismissed padding up in the second innings.
Daniel Flynn also looked torn between defence and attack, and was dismissed playing sweep shots to Ashwin in both innings.
His place could be under threat in the second test from BJ Watling, the only spare batsman in the squad.
Even the Indian monsoons couldn't save New Zealand.
Tests in the subcontinent in August are rare and the torrential downpours on day three raised hope they might limp to Bengaluru at 0-0.
And when McCullum and Williamson saw New Zealand to 98-1 with some admirable patience and technique against the spinners, there were glimmers of hope.
That was snuffed out in a flash by McCullum's dismissal, lbw for 42 to Umesh Yadav, the controversial turning point of the day.
Australian umpire Steve Davis was the villain, combined with India's frustrating refusal to adopt the umpire decision review system in test matches they host.
Designed to eliminate the umpiring howlers, this was exactly why the DRS was adopted by nearly all the test-playing nations.
A delivery from Yadav tailed in slightly and McCullum got an inside edge as he looked to on-drive. Davis' finger went up; McCullum turned in horror and raised his bat then stalked off muttering darkly.
As happens, it sparked chaos in the ranks. Taylor was bowled by Ashwin not offering a shot, then Williamson's fighting knock of 52 was ended by one that turned sharply from Ojha.
Having batted over five hours in both innings at No 3, Williamson showed the best technique against spin, playing late and with soft hands. But it needed so much more than a solitary New Zealand half-century.
Ashwin then swept through Flynn and Franklin, the first innings topscorer, and the last rites were soon being read.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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