Ashwin leads India to series sweep

11 October 2016

Off-spinner continues devastating form with 13 wickets as hosts thump Kiwis inside four days

India v New Zealand Tests 2016, Third Test


Ravi Ashwin seven wickets has led India to victory inside four days in Indore, completing a 3-0 series sweep over New Zealand.

Ashwin destroyed the Kiwis with 7-59 on the fourth afternoon, the tourists bowled out for 153 to fall to a massive 322-run defeat. 

The off-spinner finished with figures of 13-140, his second 10 wicket haul and the seventh of his 39-Test career. 

Earlier, Cheteshwar Pujara's century helped India set the Black Caps a daunting target of 475, with the home side declaring their second innings on 3-216 on day four.

India, 0-18 overnight, rode on Pujara's unbeaten 101 to stretch their lead until the first hour of the afternoon session as they look to complete a whitewash after enjoying a 2-0 lead.

Pujara, who recorded his eight Test hundred, put on 76 runs for the second wicket with opener Gautam Gambhir as the duo dominated the New Zealand bowling.

Gambhir, who retired hurt on Monday after aggravating his shoulder injury while diving desperately to avoid a run out, returned to bat after Murali Vijay's departure for 19.

First session, day four: Pujara ups the ante

Gambhir, who was recalled to the Indian team after a two-year gap, scored 50 off 56 balls before giving away a catch to Martin Guptill at cover off Jeetan Patel.

Patel also got skipper Virat Kohli trapped lbw for 17, but India's brisk scoring ensured the visitors have a mountain to climb at India's newest Test venue - Indore's Holkar Stadium.

Wickets fell regularly through the Kiwis' innings as Ashwin began his devastating spell with the wicket of Kane Williamson (27) for the fourth time in four innings this series.

The off-spinner continued his dominant form for the series, bowling middle-order pair Ross Taylor (32) and Luke Ronchi (15) before running through the Kiwis tail to give his side victory with a day to spare.  

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