In­dia skit­tle New Zealand for vic­tory in 500th Test

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

IN­DIA’S 500th Test match ended in vic­tory cel­e­bra­tions yes­ter­day as they romped to a 197-run tri­umph in their se­ries opener against New Zealand, with Ravichan­dran Ash­win (pix) tak­ing six wick­ets.

New Zealand re­sumed their sec­ond in­nings on 93 for four at the start of the fifth and fi­nal day in pur­suit of an un­likely 434-run vic­tory tar­get, but were bowled out shortly af­ter lunch for 236.

Ash­win, who recorded his 19th fivewicket haul in Tests, and left-arm spin­ner Ravin­dra Jadeja shared 16 wick­ets be­tween them in the match to flat­ten the New Zealand bat­ting at Kan­pur’s Green Park.

The lanky off-spin­ner got Neil Wag­ner lbw for nought to end with over­all match fig­ures of 10-225 and trig­ger wild cel­e­bra­tions in the In­dian camp.

A 102-run part­ner­ship be­tween overnight bats­men Luke Ronchi and Mitchell Sant­ner helped New Zealand put up some re­sis­tance in the first hour of play. Ronchi’s fight­ing 80 was laced with nine fours and a six.

But left-arm spin­ner Jadeja, who reg­is­tered a five-wicket haul in the first in­nings, man­aged to break their stand when Ronchi mist­imed a flat­ter de­liv­ery and was caught at point by Ash­win.

Sant­ner, whose valiant 71 in­cluded seven fours and two sixes, was snared by Ash­win shortly af­ter lunch when he fell to a vir­tu­ally un­playable de­liv­ery.

The ball pitched well out­side the legs­tump and turned and bounced to take the left-handed Sant­ner by sur­prise as he edged the ball to point.

Pace spear­head Mo­hammed Shami also claimed two wick­ets in the in­nings, in­clud­ing wick­et­keeper-bats­man BJ Watling for 18.

Ash­win claimed three wick­ets on Sun­day to re­duce New Zealand to 56 for four at one stage, af­ter get­ting open­ers Martin Gup­till and Tom Latham in quick suc­ces­sion.

Ash­win also had skip­per Kane Wil­liamson, who top-scored with 75 in the first in­nings, dis­missed lbw to claim his 200th Test wicket on the fourth day to give In­dia a firm grip.

In­dia de­clared their sec­ond in­nings on 377 for five at tea on the fourth day with Ro­hit Sharma and Jadeja putting on a 100run un­beaten part­ner­ship for the sixth wicket.

Chetesh­war Pu­jara top-scored for the hosts with 78 and his 133-run sec­ond­wicket part­ner­ship with Mu­rali Vi­jay (76) was the high­light of In­dia’s sec­ond in­nings.

Ash­win and Jadeja had given In­dia the ad­van­tage on the third day af­ter bowl­ing out New Zealand for 262 in re­sponse to In­dia’s first-in­nings 318. – AFP

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