Ashwin spins India to a Black Cap whitewash in final ODI
RAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN led a devastating spin attack as a second-string India thrashed New Zealand by eight wickets in the final one-day international yesterday for a 5-0 series sweep.
The off-spinner grabbed three wickets for 24 runs from eight overs to help bowl out New Zealand for 103 in 27 overs before India coasted home with 29 overs to spare.
Part-time spinners Yuvraj Singh and Yusuf Pathan chipped in with two wickets apiece as New Zealand were bundled out for their lowest total in one-day internationals against India.
For India, it was their second clean sweep at home since their 5-0 triumph over England in 2008.
Parthiv Patel (56 not out) struck his second half-century in a row and added 97 runs for the third wicket with Yuvraj (42 not out) to guide India to a comfortable win in the game at the Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
New Zealand suffered their second series whitewash on the trot, having lost 4-0 to Bangladesh in a preceding oneday tournament.
“It was an incredibly difficult wicket to bat,” said captain Daniel Vettori.
“We thought we would put up a decent score, but India bowled really well. When you continue to lose wickets, it removes the entire momentum.”
Nothing went right for New Zealand after Vettori won the toss and elected to bat.
Fast bowler Praveen Kumar struck in the first over, removing Martin Guptill with his fourth delivery before left-arm paceman Ashish Nehra dismissed Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor in successive overs.
The Indian spinners accounted for the rest of the seven wickets to fall.
India, fielding a weakened side in the series in order to give rest to their big guns ahead of the tour of South Africa, proved their bench strength with a clinical all-round performance.