India Beats New Zealand: The Virat Kohli-drove India made an immaculate Dussehra blessing to the cricket-frantic country as it battered New Zealand by 321 keeps running in the third and last Test at the Holkar Cricket Stadium here on Tuesday.
Finishing a 3-0 decisive victory in the series, India have now stamped their power and secured the No. 1 International Cricket Council (ICC) Test positioning from Pakistan. They had as of now packed away the top spot in the wake of winning the second Test at Kolkata.
Star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin by and by without any assistance set off another batting breakdown of the Kiwis, to come back with profession best figures of 7/59 in the guests’ second innings, packaging them out for an irrelevant 153 in light of the mammoth focus of 475.
Ashwin, who took six wickets in the main innings of the Test, took his general count to 13 in the match, other than pushing an aggregate to 27 scalps in the three Tests.
The Chennai tweaker was all around helped by left-armer Ravindra Jadeja, who took two wickets in the second innings, while pacer Umesh Yadav contributed with one wicket.
Ashwin was declared both the Man of the Match and Series for his heroics with the cherry amid the series.
Such was the destruction created by the Indian spinners that the whole New Zealand second innings were wrapped up for all intents and purposes in one session.
Confronted with a Herculean errand, the New Zealanders neglected to give any sort of imperviousness to the Indian spinners on a track which continuously turned moderate and low as the days advanced.
Prior, riding on Cheteshwar Pujara’s splendid 101 and opener Gautam Gambhir’s 56-ball 50, India announced their second innings at 216/3 with a general lead of 474 runs, just before the coffee break.
Among the Kiwi bowlers, off-spinner Jeetan Patel was the one and only to sack wickets with figures of 2/56.
Patel caught Kohli leg before not long after lunch with a conveyance that turned and hit the Indian skipper on the cushions in the wake of pitching only outside off stump.
The Kiwi spinner of Indian birthplace had released Gambhir amid the morning session. The third wicket, that of Murali Vijay, tumbled to a run-out. Amid the morning session, Gambhir and Pujara hit half-hundreds of years to convey India to a prevailing position at lunch.
Gambhir (50), who has won back his place in the group after a significant long crevice, finished his half-century off only 56 conveyances before being sent back to the structure by Kiwi spinner Jeetan Patel.
Prior in the match, Kohli’s (211) second twofold ton and Rahane’s splendid 188 guided India to a mammoth 557/5 proclaimed before Ashwin ventured up with six wickets to skittle the guests out for 299 and give the hosts a 258-run lead.
Both the groups will now go head to head in a five-coordinate One-Day International (ODI) arrangement. The primary match is slated for October 16 at the beautiful Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) stadium at Dharamsala.
India: 557/5 decl & 216/3 decl in 49 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 101 not out, Gautam Gambhir 50; Jeetan Patel 2/56)
New Zealand: 299 & 153 all out in 44.5 overs (Ross Taylor 32; Ravichandran Ashwin 7/59