India beat New Zealand by 321 runs to sweep series

 

INDORE, India  – India beat New Zealand by 321 runs in the third and final test to complete a 3-0 sweep in the series at Indore’s Holkar Stadium on Tuesday.

Resuming on 18 for no loss, the hosts declared their second innings on 216 for three to set New Zealand a 475-run victory target in the first test match to be staged at the venue.

Virat Kohli and his men returned to bowl out New Zealand for 153 with Ravichandran Ashwin claiming 7-59 to go with the six wickets he claimed in the first innings.

Ross Taylor (32), Martin Guptill (29) and skipper Kane Williamson (27) made starts but could not build substantial partnerships to take the match into the final day.

Kohli was presented with the ICC Test Championship mace for the number one team after India’s 3-0 series sweep against New Zealand at Indore’s Holkar Stadium.

Ashwin claimed 13 wickets in the final test to spin India to a comprehensive victory and bag the man-of-the-match award.

His 27 wickets from three matches also earned him his seventh man-of-the-series award in 14 series, underlining the spinner’s importance in the side.

“It’s an exciting thing to talk about his stats out there in the middle, it’s a topic of discussion for us,” Kohli said at the presentation ceremony.

“He’s been a champion. I hope he can keep going through this long home season and keep the team at the top where we are.”

The teams now meet in a three-match one-day international series starting on Sunday.

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