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Ashwin gets seven wickets as India complete 3-0 whitewash

Indian team celebrating 3-0 series win over New Zealand.
Indian team celebrating 3-0 series win over New Zealand.
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India 557-5 dec & 216-3 dec (Pujara 101no) beat
New Zealand 299 & 153 (Ashwin 7-59) by 321 runs
Third Test, Indore, day four

Ravichandran Ashwin registered his career-best figure of a 13-wicket haul in the game as India dismissed New Zealand for 153 runs in the final innings and completed a massive 321-run victory in the third Test in Indore to complete a 3-0 series whitewash.

This is also India's second highest victory in terms of runs in Test cricket. India resumed the day at 18 for naught with a lead of 276 over New Zealand.

Both the New Zealand spinners were exerting pressure on Indian batsmen early on and soon Murali Vijay (19) was run out. Gautam Gambhir (50) returned back to the field following the shoulder injury he sustained yesterday. With some calm and composed batting, Gambhir and Cheteshwar Pujara (101 not out) brought the 50-run stand, stretching the lead well past 300.

Gambhir was caught off Jeetan Patel (2-46) in an attempt of an inside out shot but not before he reached a 56-ball fifty. India went into lunch at 127 for two, stretching their lead to 385 runs. Pujara too brought a confident half-century in the first session.

In the second session, India came out with an aggressive mindset especially Pujara, who scored 51 runs off just 50 deliveries to reach a fine century.

Despite losing Virat Kohli (17) to Patel, India raced to 216 for three before the declaration came, setting a target of 475 for New Zealand in the final innings.

Tom Latham (6) started the second innings with a six in the first over but was trapped LBW by Umesh Yadav (1-13) in the next over. With back-to-back boundaries in the ninth over, Kane Williamson (27) took New Zealand to 38 for one at tea.

Ashwin (7-59) could hardly be kept out of action especially in the fourth innings and he soon created an impact trapping Williamson LBW in the second over of the final session.

Ross Taylor (32) threw caution to wind as he smashed four boundaries and two sixes in a span of three overs but his 25-ball knock ended by Ashwin. Wickets continued to tumble for the visitors as they lost Luke Ronchi (15) and Jimmy Neesham (0) in successive overs bowled by Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja (2-45), who also had Martin Guptill (29) trapped LBW.

BJ Watling (23 not out) and Mitchell Santner (14) offered some resistance with a 24-run stand but New Zealand's resistance was brought to a halt by Ashwin, who picked the remaining four wickets for 17 runs to dismiss the Black Caps for 153.

The 321-run victory ensured India completed a 3-0 series whitewash against New Zealand. Ashwin bagged the man of the match and the man of the series awards after picking 27 wickets in three Tests.

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