India vs New Zealand, Highlights, Indore Test, Day 4: Hosts win series 3-0

  • That brings us to the end of our coverage of the three-match India-New Zealand Test series. We hope you enjoyed it, and will return for the upcoming One-Day International (ODI) series starting Sunday. Adios! 

  • Virat Kohli: Couldn't have asked for anything better. Everytime there was a partnership, one of us managed to break the partnership. It was upto the bowlers to express themselves, but not take it lightly, and that's what they did. Its been a proper team series win. Ash though is on a different level now. Credit to him, and I wish him well. 

  • Kane Williamson: Coming into the series, we knew it would be tough. Full credit to India for the way they played. We can look at what we didn't do right. It was important that we get it big in the first innings. Well deserved by India, who are now No 1. We have such a young side, also the positive side of getting bowled at by the best side in these conditions is that you learn quickly. Although its unfortunate we couldn't perform the way we would like to, there are a lot of opportunities to learn, and its a learning experience. 

  • Ravi Ashwin: Would like to thank the crowd at Indore for the way they supported. It was a pitch where we had to work hard. We had to change the pace, and had to get them drive, as there wasn't too much bounce. I knew Boult was coming, and I wanted to get the right-handers lunging outside the off-stump. There's a special mention to Bhuvi, Shami and Umesh for getting wickets with reverse-swing, and Jaddu has played perfect foil for me. Virat told me he was trying to rotate the bowlers. I feel really good about myself, and I have been bowling really well. 

  • Note: This is India's SECOND-BIGGEST Test win in terms of runs. 

  • Gautam Gambhir: I need to scan done a day after to find out exactly what happened (about his shoulder). The intent was there, and the thinking was pretty clear, to get as many runs as possible. We thought of playing normal cricket in the first hour. After lunch, we could change our approach. Pujara batted unbelievably well. Making a comeback after two years after two years, and hitting a fifty a after four years — cannot get better than that.

  • Cheteshwar Pujara: Everyone has contributed in the series, specially the batsmen and members of the lower order. The way our bowlers bowled, credit goes for them. It was a team effort. The plan was to get as many runs as possible till lunch. I had to accelerate, and we wanted to bat one-and-a-half sessions. Gautam was batting really well. The way he approached his innings was a pleasure to watch. Really looking forward to the England series. Rajkot will be excited to host its first Test. 

  • After 44.5 overs, New Zealand 153 all out; India win by 321 runs

    OUT! That's it! We have come to the end of the three-match India-New Zealand Test series, with the hosts completing an emphatic whitewash at the end of it! 

    Ashwin takes a return catch off Boult to finish with a haul of 7/59 in this innings! India complete an emphatic 321-run win at the Holkar Stadium in Indore's inaugural Test!

    It is only their fourth whitewash in a Test series comprising more than three games, and this result ensures that Virat Kohli and co remain on top of the ICC Test rankings regardless of the outcome of the Pakistan-West Indies Test series. 

  • After 42 overs, New Zealand 144/9 (BJ Watling 14, Trent Boult 4); need another 331 to win

    Watling and Boult are looking to block as many deliveries as possible in order to delay the inevitable, preferrably survive the day. Ashwin has been taken off the attack for the time being, with Jadeja and Umesh bowling in tandem. Jadeja bowls what can perhaps be described as his slowest ball ever — tossing it high up outside off, with Boult leaving the delivery with a wide grin on his face. 

  • After 35 overs, New Zealand 138/8 (BJ Watling 7, Trent Boult 0); need 337 to win

    Santner is offered a full-toss by Jadeja, and the talented left-handed all-rounder smacks it over wide long-on. Santner's no mug with the bat, having mustered a fifty in Kanpur, and will look to bail the Black Caps out of their current mess along with Watling. 

    OUT! Ashwin grabs his 21st Test five-for, this time rattling Patel's off-stump after breaking into his defence! It's nearly over for the Black Caps now, as they lose their eighth wicket with 138 on board! Not long before Henry pushes the Ashwin delivery to Shami at mid-off to depart for a three-ball duck, with NZ losing their ninth wicket without adding any further runs

    Jeetan Patel b Ravichandran Ashwin 0(2); Matt Henry c Mohammed Shami b Ravichandran Ashwin 0(3)

  • BOWLED 'EM! Ashwin gets his 10th wicket in this match, as Santner is bowled for 14 off 24 balls! Flatter one along middle and off, the ball continues along its path and gets Santner's inside-edge, deflects off his pad before hitting timber. New Zealand lose their seventh wicket with 136 on board. Need another 339 to win with three wickets remaining! 

    Mitchell Santner b Ravichandran Ashwin 14(24)

  • After 30 overs, New Zealand 127/6 (BJ Watling 7, Mitchell Santner 8); need 348 to win

    Watling shows some resistance, driving a half volley from Jadeja towards the extra-cover fence. A big appeal for a run-out against Santner, after the ball brushes past Jadeja's fingers and hits the non-striker's stumps. Santner gets off the mark with an outside edge off Shami's bowling that sends the ball past the slip fielder. 

  • After 26 overs, New Zealand 112/6 (BJ Watling 1, Mitchell Santner 0); need 363 to win

    Ronchi brings up the 100 for New Zealand with a cut towards point off Jadeja's bowling. Not long before Ashwin gets one to rip in from outside off, knocking Ronchi's stump over partly thanks to the low bounce. Neesham departs for a four-ball duck not long after, and Guptill nearly gets caught twice in the 25th over, both occasions resulting in boundaries. 

    OUT! And now Guptill walks back to the pavilion, getting trapped lbw by Jadeja off a delivery that stays straight, with the batsman playing for spin. New Zealand are in tatters right now, losing their sixth wicket with 112 on board. With 19 overs left today, the series could come to an end on the fourth day itself. 

    Martin Guptill lbw Ravindra Jadeja 29(60)

  • OUT! It's raining wickets now! Jimmy Neesham, who scored a valuable 71 in the first innings, departs for a four-ball duck! Superb field placement by the skipper. Packs the leg-side for Neesham, who gently prods the flatter Jadeja delivery along off to Kohli at short-midwicket. The Indian skipper takes a fine catch, as New Zealand lose their fifth wicket 103 on board.

    Jimmy Neesham c Virat Kohli b Ravindra Jadeja 0(4)

  • OUT! Another one bites the dust, with Ashwin grabbing his third wicket of the innings! Pitched outside off, the ball angles into the batsman, with Ronchi failing to bring the bat down on time. Gets his off-stump knocked as a result, as New Zealand lose their fourth wicket with 102 on board. 

    Luke Ronchi b Ravichandran Ashwin 15(18)

  • Ashwin's killing it in this series.

  • After 20 overs, New Zealand 86/3 (Martin Guptill 14, Luke Ronchi 5); need 389 to win

    Just when Ross Taylor was looking to bring up one of the fastest fifties in Test cricket, he gets his middle-stump rattled by a full Ashwin delivery pitched outside off, that undergoes a vicious turn and beats his defence. Things are slow once again for the Black Caps after the dismissal. Luke Ronchi is now at the crease alongside a tepid Guptill. 

  • OUT! Taylor's entertaining cameo comes to an end, after he misses the line of the delivery while attempting an ambitious sweep towards leg. Plenty of turn in that delivery too! New Zealand lose their fourth wicket with 80 on board. The Black Caps need another 395 to win, with seven wickets in hand

    Ross Taylor b Ravichandran Ashwin 32(25)

  • After 15 overs, New Zealand 71/2 (Martin Guptill 12, Ross Taylor 25); need 404 to win

    Ross Taylor walks out to bat after the huge wicket of Williamson, and goes into full T20 mode — smashing Ashwin for two fours and a six in the first over that he faces in this innings. The veteran races past Guptill's score in no time. Let's see how long he persists with this aggressive approach. 

  • OUT! Ashwin strikes after tea, and gets New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson for the fourth time in this series! Time to issue a bunny alert, as Williamson has fallen to the wily Indian offie in all his innings in the ongoing series. Williamson looks to play the long hop from Ashwin outside off towards the leg side, and brings his bat down a tad late after getting foxed by the extra-turn. New Zealand lose their second wicket with 42 on board, and its a huge dismissal for the hosts! 

    Kane Williamson lbw Ravichandran Ashwin 27(33)

  • After 8 overs, New Zealand 38/1 (Martin Guptill 8, Kane Williamson 23)

    Williamson enters double-figures with a backfoot push towards cow-corner, beating the fielder to the boundary. Ashwin is handed the ball for the last over before tea, starting off what will be the final 'Ashwin vs Williamson' clash this year. The New Zealand captain belts two boundaries off the Indian offie's over, before the umpires call for tea

  • After 5 overs, New Zealand 16/1 (Martin Guptill 7, Kane Williamson 2), need another 459 to win

    Latham flicks a Shami delivery in the first over of the New Zealand innings, before getting trapped lbw by Umesh in the following over. Williamson walks out to the crease, and gets his first boundary in no time, flicking one off Shami towards square-leg.

  • OUT! Umesh Yadav strikes early for India, trapping Tom Latham plumb lbw for 6! The full delivery pitched outside off jags back into the batsman, with a bit of seam movement, and raps Latham on his front pad between middle and off. That's the 31st lbw dismissal in this series; New Zealand lose their first wicket with 7 on board; need another 467 to win with nine wickets in hand. 

    Tom Latham lbw Umesh Yadav 6(10)

  • Even though the Black Caps are desperately looking for a fightback, one Ashwin spell could change a thing or two. 

Day 2 report: Riding on star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin's 20th haul of five wickets or more, India put themselves in a commanding position reaching 18/0 to take an overall lead of 276 runs over New Zealand at stumps on day three of the third and final Test at the Holkar stadium here on Monday.

Ashwin led the Indian charge with six wickets and two brilliant run-outs along with left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja (2/80) to bundle out the visitors for a paltry 299 just after the tea break in response to India's first innings total of 557/5 declared.

Despite taking a huge lead and in a position to enforce the follow on, India skipper Virat Kohli opted to bat for a second time. Opener Murali Vijay (11) and one down Cheteshwar Pujara (1) were at the crease when the umpires decided to unsettle the bails.

Pujara had to rush to the middle after veteran opener Gautam Gambhir (6) was forced to return to the pavilion with a shoulder injury.

Playing in his 39th Test, Ashwin ran through the Kiwi top order comprising Tom Latham (52), Kane Williamson (8), Ross Taylor (0), Luke Ronchi (0) and James Neesham (71) besides running out top scorer Martin Guptil (72) and Jeetan Patel (18). He later dismissed tailender Trent Boult (0) to finish things off in style.

Umesh Yadav removed Tom Latham as New Zealand lost their first wicket. AP

Umesh Yadav removed Tom Latham as New Zealand lost their first wicket. AP

Jadeja complimented his senior partner well by packing back stumper B.J. Watling (23) and Mitchell Santner (22).

Already on the backfoot after losing the series 0-2, the Kiwis got off to a good start with openers Guptill and Latham, who put on 118 runs but ran out of steam once Kohli introduced spin from both ends.

Apart from the opening partnership, Neesham was involved in two vital stands -- 53 for the sixth wicket with Watling and 52 for the seventh wicket with Santner but that was not enough to take the visitors anywhere near the Indian total.

Earlier, resuming the day at 28 for no loss, the visitors had just lost the wicket of Latham when Ashwin trapped him plumb in front in the morning session as they went for lunch at 125/1.

The Indians wrested the upper hand early on in the post-lunch session when New Zealand lost three wickets in four overs.

The Chennai tweaker picked up his second wicket when Williamson dragged the ball onto his stumps while attempting a cut.

The off-spinner then sent Taylor back to the pavilion in his very next over before a straight drive by Ronchi deflected off his hand to hit the stumps at the non-striker's end and catch Guptill out of his crease.

Ashwin then picked up his fourth wicket when Ajinkya Rahane showed some excellent fielding at first slip to send back Ronchi.

Watling and Neesham then tried to bring the Kiwi innings back on track. But Jadeja found Watling's outside edge with a delivery that turned away sharply after pitching to put the visitors into further trouble just before the tea break.

After the tea break, it was a one way traffic for India as both the spinners lost little time in taking the remaining four wickets before Kohli opted against enforcing the follow-on.

Eyeing a 3-0 whitewash, India will now aim to consolidate their lead and give a stiff target when they come out to bat on Tuesday.

With inputs from IANS

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4717 115
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115