Third test: Spinner R Ashwin’s Seven Wickets Lift India to 321-Run Win


On Tuesday, spinner Ravichandran Ashwin claimed seven wickets to lead India’s whitewash of New Zealand as the hosts spree to a 321-run victory on day four of the third and final Test.
Ravichandran Ashwin with career-best match figures of 13-140 helped India skittle out the visitors, who were chasing a daunting 475-run target, for 153 in under two sessions of play at Indore.

Spinner Ashwin, the highest wicket-taker in the three Tests with 27 scalps, was named both man of the match and player of the series.
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.
Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja soon joined forces with Ashwin to dash New Zealnd’s hopes of surviving the day after getting the all-important wickets of Martin Guptill and James Neesham.
Ashwin then disposed of the tail as the hosts celebrated their 3-0 series triumph.
Earlier in the day, a century by Cheteshwar Pujara put the hosts on course to set New Zealand a daunting victory target at India’s newest Test venue, Indore’s Holkar Stadium.
Pujara struck an unbeaten 101 as India, who started the day on 18 without loss, declared their second innings on 216 for three in the afternoon session.
Pujara, who recorded his eight Test hundred, put on 76 for the second wicket with recalled opener Gautam Gambhir (50).
Gambhir had retired hurt on Monday after aggravating his shoulder injury while diving to save himself from being run out.
India had already gained the upper hand after bowling out New Zealand for 299 in response to their massive first innings score of 557 for five declared.
Skipper Virat Kohli’s second Test double-century paved the way for India’s dominance as he registered his career-best score of 211.
The star batsman put on a record 365-run fourth-wicket partnership with Ajinkya Rahane (188) to keep the New Zealand bowlers on the field for close to six sessions.