Ashwin demolishes the Kiwis
New Zealand crashed to a 321-run third Test defeat and a second successive series whitewash by India after Ravichandran Ashwin’s heroics with the ball Tuesday.
With the tourists set an improbable 475 runs to win, Ashwin (7-59) took his 21st five-wicket haul in Test cricket to destroy any Black Caps resistance as they slumped to 153 all out on the fourth day.
Ashwin, the highest wicket-taker in the three Tests with 27 scalps, was named man of the match and player of the series.
Having climbed to the top of the world Test rankings after their series-clinching win in Kolkata, India remain in top spot ahead of Pakistan.
After tea Kane Williamson (27) and Martin Guptill (29) added 35 runs for the second wicket to provide a glimmer of hope for New Zealand in Indore.
But spin bowler Ashwin got the breakthrough as he trapped Williamson lbw. Ross Taylor (32) then added some quick-fire runs, hitting five fours and a six in his 25-ball stay.
But he was clean bowled by Ashwin and New Zealand’s demise swiftly followed, losing their last seven wickets for 73 runs.
Luke Ronchi (15) was bowled to expose the lower order, Ravindra Jadeja (2-45) had James Neesham caught at short midwicket before he ended Guptill’s 60-ball innings, trapping him leg before.
Ashwin was a man on a mission as he wrapped up the tail, bowling Mitchell Santner (14) and Jeetan Patel (0) in quick succession, while Matt Henry (0) holed out to mid-off.
The innings concluded in the final over of the day as Trent Boult (4) offered a simple return catch to Ashwin.
This was a sixth 10-wicket haul in Test cricket for the off-spinner, who finished with match figures of 13-140. It meant a second successive whitewashing for the Black Caps following their 2-0 loss in 2012.