Ash­win leads In­dia’s white­wash of New Zealand

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

SRavichan­dran Ash­win claimed seven wick­ets to lead In­dia’s white­wash of New Zealand as the hosts romped to a 321run vic­tory on day four of the third and fi­nal Test yes­ter­day.

Ash­win with ca­reer-best match fig­ures of 13140 helped In­dia skit­tle out the vis­i­tors, who were chas­ing a daunt­ing 475-run tar­get, for 153 in un­der two ses­sions of play at In­dore.

Ash­win, the high­est wicket-taker in the three Tests with 27 scalps, was named both man of the match and player of the se­ries.

In­dia, who climbed to the top of the world Test rank­ings af­ter their se­ries-clinch­ing win in Kolkata, re­main in No. 1 po­si­tion ahead of Pak­istan.

New Zealand, white­washed in In­dia for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive time af­ter their 2-0 loss in 2012, suf­fered an early blow when Umesh Ya­dav trapped opener Tom Latham lbw for six. The vis­i­tors took tea on 38 for one but lost nine more wick­ets in the fi­nal ses­sion of play.

Ash­win, who reg­is­tered his 21st five-wicket haul in Tests, took charge in the evening ses­sion to re­move skip­per Kane Wil­liamson for 27.

It was the fourth time in a row that the Black Caps’ star bats­man, who missed the sec­ond Test due to a vi­ral in­fec­tion, had been dis­missed by Ash­win.

Ross Tay­lor showed some ag­gres­sive in­tent with 32 off 25 balls in­clud­ing five fours and a six, but did not last long be­fore he was bowled by an­other Ash­win turner.

Left-arm spin­ner Ravin­dra Jadeja soon joined forces with Ash­win to dash New Zealnd’s hopes of sur­viv­ing the day af­ter get­ting the al­limpor­tant wick­ets of Martin Gup­till and James Nee­sham.

Ash­win then dis­posed of the tail as the hosts cel­e­brated their 3-0 se­ries tri­umph. – AFP


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