New Zealand de­mo­li­tion puts In­dia atop Test rank­ings

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

IN­DORE, In­dia (AP): NDIA COM­PLETED a com­pre­hen­sive de­mo­li­tion of New Zealand yes­ter­day, win­ning the third Test by a mas­sive 321 runs within four days and com­plet­ing a 3-0 se­ries white­wash.

In­dia’s first in­nings 557-5 de­clared snatched the ini­tia­tive and New Zealand, chas­ing an im­prob­a­ble 475 to win, col­lapsed to 153 all out against the spin of Ravichan­dran Ash­win, whose 7-59 added to his first-in­nings haul of 6-81, giv­ing him 13 wick­ets in the game.

In­dia won the se­ries 3-0 after con­vinc­ing wins in Kan­pur and Kolkata ear­lier. They are now the num­ber one ranked Test team.

Kane Wil­liamson (27) and Martin Gup­till (29) added 35 runs for the sec­ond wicket. Ash­win got the break­through as he trapped Wil­liamson lbw. Ross Tay­lor (32) then added some quick runs, hit­ting five fours and a six in his 25-ball stay. Umesh Ya­dav (1-13) had trapped Tom Latham (6) lbw be­fore tea.

Tay­lor was clean bowled by Ash­win and then the slide truly be­gan as New Zealand lost their last seven wick­ets for 73 runs. Ravin­dra Jadeja (2-45) had James Nee­sham caught at short mid­wicket.

Ash­win bowled Luke Ronchi

I(15) and then ran through the tail. First he bowled Mitchell Sant­ner (14) and Jee­tan Pa­tel (0) in quick suc­ces­sion. Matt Henry (0) holed out to mid-off then.

The game ended in the fi­nal over of the day as Trent Boult (4) of­fered a sim­ple re­turn catch to Ash­win.


This was a sixth 10-wicket haul in Test cricket for the off­spin­ner, who fin­ished with match fig­ures of 13 wick­ets for 140 runs.

“We tried to play pos­i­tive cricket in the sec­ond in­nings so that we give our bowlers enough overs to bowl at the op­po­si­tion and give them enough runs to ex­press them­selves,” said cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli, who an­chored In­dia’s first in­nings with a score of 211.

“New Zealand have played good cricket. It is not easy for any­one com­ing to In­dia. But they put us un­der pres­sure at dif­fer­ent times. We just re­sponded well and bounced back and didn’t al­low them to put us un­der pres­sure again,” he added.

Ear­lier, In­dia fin­ished their sec­ond in­nings at 216-3 de­clared in 49 overs. Chetesh­war Pu­jara (101 n.o.) scored his eighth Test hun­dred and faced 148 de­liv­er­ies, scor­ing nine bound­aries.

He put on 76 runs with In­dian cricket team cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli (left) and team­mate Ravichan­dran Ash­win hold the ICC Test Cham­pi­onship mace at the end of their third Test cricket match against New Zealand in In­dore, In­dia, yes­ter­day.

Gau­tam Gamb­hir (50), who came out to bat at the fall of Mu­rali Vi­jay (19) after re­tir­ing hurt on Monday. He pro­vided in­stant im­pe­tus to the in­nings and went on to score his 22nd

Test half-cen­tury off 54 balls, in­clu­sive of six fours.

New Zealand lost all three tosses in this Test se­ries and skip­per Kane Wil­liamson thought it was a cru­cial fac­tor.

“Win­ning the toss would be help­ful and then you cer­tainly have to be at your best. It is im­por­tant to spend time at the crease cre­at­ing pres­sure bat­ting first if pos­si­ble. This In­dia side

a very good team and they know th­ese con­di­tions bet­ter than any­one,” he said.

In­dia next host Eng­land for a five-match se­ries in Novem­ber and De­cem­ber.


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