Ash­win spins In­dia to a Black Cap white­wash in fi­nal ODI

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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.

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