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Ashwin picks six-wicket haul as India take massive first innings lead

India celebrating the wicket of Ross Taylor on day three of the Indoor Test
India celebrating the wicket of Ross Taylor on day three of the Indoor Test
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India 557-5 & 18-0 (Vijay 11no)
New Zealand 299 (Ashwin 6-81)
Third Test, Indore, day three

After Ravichandran Ashwin's six-wicket haul dismissed New Zealand for 299 in their first innings, India managed to stretch their lead to 276 runs at stumps on day three of the third Test in Indore.

New Zealand started the day at 28 for naught. Martin Guptill (72) got going with a boundary in the first over but he received a reprieve, couple of overs later when he was dropped by Ajinkya Rahane at gully.

Tom Latham (53) and Guptill brought the 50-run stand for New Zealand in the 19th over but were tested by the Indian spinners. Guptill decided to up the ante smashing Ravindra Jadeja (2-80) for a six and a four and soon brought his first fifty of the series.

New Zealand inched past the 100-run mark when Latham smashed three boundaries off Ashwin (6-81). The 118-run opening stand ended when Latham handed a return catch back to Ashwin soon after he reached his fifty. New Zealand went into lunch at 120 for one.

The hard work of the New Zealand openers were undone by the Indian spinners in the second session as they lost five wickets in it. Kane Williamson (8) was castled by Ashwin in the third over of the second session and in his next over, he had Ross Taylor (0) caught at gully.

Guptill was run out in an unfortunate manner when Ashwin deflected a ball hit by Luke Ronchi (0) at the non-striker end and in his next over, the wily off-spinner also removed Ronchi leaving New Zealand reeling at 148 for five.

James Neesham (71) and BJ Watling (23) stopped further slide and took New Zealand past the 200-run mark. However, their resistance were ended when Jadeja had the New Zealand wicket-keeper caught at first slip at the stroke of tea. New Zealand were 211 for six at that stage.

Post tea Neesham brought his half-century which included nine boundaries as he along with support from Mitchell Santner (22), Jeetan Patel (18) and Matt Henry (15 not out) took New Zealand to 299 before they were dismissed handing a massive 258-run first innings lead to India.

Ashwin was once again the standout bowler with a six-wicket haul while Jadeja picked two wickets.

Murali Vijay (11 not out) was warned for running on the pitch in the second over but Gautam Gambhir (6 retired hurt) left the field in the next over with a shoulder injury. At stumps, India were placed at 18 for naught, stretching their lead to 276.

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