Ashwin seven-for punishes limp New Zealand to complete whitewash


A Ravichandran Ashwin seven-for helped India complete a series whitewash against New Zealand, as the Black Caps crumbled to a 321-run loss on day four of the third Test in Indore.

Following defeats in Kanpur and Kolkata, the tourists were left playing for pride in the final instalment of the three-match series.

However, it was India who dominated from the start - the hosts declared for a first-innings total of 557 thanks to the heroics of Virat Kohli (211) and Ajinkya Rahane (188), before leaving New Zealand requiring 475 runs from their second innings to secure victory.

But the Black Caps, who had earlier seen Cheteshwar Pujara deliver an unbeaten century as India declared for a second time, could only muster 153 before they were skittled with a day to spare, wrapping up a 3-0 series win for India ahead of the forthcoming five-match one-day series.

Ashwin's 7-59 - career-best figures - added to his first-innings six-for to take him to a staggering 220 wickets from 39 Tests.

India started the day 18-0 in their second innings but soon lost Murali Vijay (19) to a run out.

It was Pujara (101), though, who proved the driving force behind establishing a daunting target for New Zealand, while Gautam Gambhir chipped in with 50 as India added 216 runs to their first-innings haul.

The Black Caps' response was meek.

Wickets fell with alarming regularity and there was an air of inevitability about the outcome from the moment Tom Latham (6) was trapped lbw by Umesh Yadav (1-13) in the second over.

Kane Williamson (27) was dismissed by man-of-the-match Ashwin for the fourth time in four innnings, as the 30-year-old tore through the New Zealand order.

Ross Taylor (32), Luke Ronchi (15), Mitchell Santner (14) and Jeetan Patel (0) were all bowled by Ashwin, whose delivery also led to a Mohammed Shami catch for the wicket of Matt Henry (0).

And it was Ashwin who fittingly brought the series to a close - Trent Boult (4) caught and bowled in the 45th over.

Victory sees India confirmed as the top Test side, Virat Kohli receiving the Championship mace in the post-match presentation.