Ash­win helps In­dia se­cure crush­ing win

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Spin­ner Ravichan­dran Ash­win claimed six sec­ond-in­nings wick­ets to help In­dia cel­e­brate their 500th Test with an im­pres­sive 197-run win over New Zealand. Set an im­prob­a­ble vic­tory tar­get of 434, New Zealand were bowled out for 236 in the mid­dle ses­sion on the last day. Ash­win (6-132) com­pleted his 19th five-wicket haul in 37 Tests as he picked off the last three wick­ets to se­cure a com­fort­able vic­tory. “It’s been a very good Test, from the sec­ond day on­wards when New Zealand were bat­ting re­ally well my­self and Ash­win were say­ing how we would need to show good re­silience to win it,” said In­dia cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli. “Credit to them, the rea­son the match went on to the fi­nal day was be­cause of the guts they showed.” The sec­ond Test starts on Fri­day in Kolkata.

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