Ravichandran Ashwin claimed six wickets in the second innings as India recorded a 197-run win vs New Zealand in their historic 500th Test at Kanpur. Mitchell Santner (71) andÂ Luke Ronchi (80) put up brief resistance on Day 5 but Ashwin and Mohammed Shami's heroics were enough for India to canter home. Catch highlights of India vs New Zealand here. (SCORECARD | NEWS)
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Kohli: "The boys applied themselves really well. Initially we had the momentum with the bat, but a couple of soft dismissals put pressure. Jadeja and Ashwin added crucial runs. I am still pretty early in my captaincy career, I look forward to advice from others. There have been cases where we've gone on one mode and the runs were leaked. All the sides that are doing well around the world have strong lower-middle orders. That's one area that we have improved and we need to keep working it because those 30-40 extra runs could prove crucial."
Williamson: "India outplayed us with bat and ball. Restricting India to 300 odd on a good batting surface was a good effort, but at the end of the day India were certainly the better team. The way Santner applied himself with both bat and ball was impressive and the way Luke Ronchi came back into the side was good to see. We look forward to another challenge in Kolkata."
Jadeja: "Before the series started I was thinking that I should play my role as a batsman as well. Duleep Trophy helped me a lot because I was getting wickets there as well. It gave me confidence as well. The ball wasn't turning from the stump line in the first innings, so we were trying to mix the pace. Obviously Ashwin is a very good bowler on slow turning wickets and I would like to congratulate him for 200 wickets. I enjoy bowling with him."
Ravindra Jadeja is the Man of the Match.Â
13:10 hrs IST: Time for post-match presentation.Â
12:56 hrs IST: What a performance from Indian bowlers and especially Ashwin. The off-spinner ends the match with a total of 10 wickets. India take a 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series. New Zealand were second best for much of the match and India ran out the deserved winners.
12:53 hrs IST: Wicket!! Ashwin claims his 6th wicket of the match. Wagner is caught plumb in front and India win their 500th Test by 197 runs!
12:51 hrs IST: Jadeja bowls another maiden over.
12:48 hrs IST: Boult and Wagner at the crease. How long can they survive for?
12:42 hrs IST: Wicket!! Ashwin uproots Sodhi's leg stump and records his 19th five-wicket haul. India need one more wicket to win the match.
12:41 hrs IST: Full and flighted from Ashwin and Sodhi throws the kitchen sink at it. The ball sails over the mid-wicket boundary.
12:38 hrs IST: India take the new ball and Jadeja gets the first bite of the red cherry.
12:35 hrs IST: Four!! Full toss on leg stump and Sodhi gives it the punishment that it deserved.
12:30 hrs IST: The ball spun viciously with steep bounce, Santner poked at gingerly and the ball took the outside edge, lobbing an easy catch to Rohit Sharma at silly point.
12:29 hrs IST: Wicket!! Ashwin gets one to turn prodigiously from leg stump and it finally brings to an end Santner's vigil. He falls for an impressive 71. India are now 2 wickets away!
12:25 hrs IST: Shout for lbw!! Full length ball from Ashwin but it struck Ish Sodhi well outside the off-stump.
12:20 hrs IST: Four!! Leg side delivery from Jadeja and Sodhi sweeps, he gets an inside edge and the ball runs away to the fine-leg boundary.
12:19 hrs IST: Steep bounce and spin from Ashwin. Beats Santner all ends up! NZ are 215/7 in 76 overs.
12:16 hrs IST: Four!! Short from Ashwin and Santner makes some room and smashes it through backward point.
12:12 hrs IST: And we are back underway after the lunch break. Ashwin starts the proceedings for India with Santner on strike.
11:31 hrs IST: The morning started well for New Zealand with Luke Ronchi and Mitchell Santner frustrating the Indians. But Jadeja got the better of Ronchi while Shami struck on consecutive balls to put the hosts on the brink.
11:30 hrs IST: Time for the Lunch break!! New Zealand are 205/7 and need 229 runs to win. Meanwhile, India need three more wickets. Mitchell Santner, unbeaten on 57, is the key for New Zealand.
11:28 hrs IST: Appeal for a stumping! The decision has gone to the third umpire but replays show that Santner got his foot back into the crease quite easily.
11:26 hrs IST: Inswinging yorker from Shami but it's dug out well by Sodhi.
11:24 hrs IST: Four!! Santner with a beautiful flick off his pads and the ball races away the square leg boundary. He moves to 55 now.
11:23 hrs IST: LBW shout from Shami!! But the ball was clearly drifting down the leg.
11:21 hrs IST: Umesh also getting some reverse swing but not as lethal as Shami. NZ are 199/7 in 71 overs.
11:13 hrs IST: Hattrick ball for Shami! And he narrowly misses it. Just centimeters away from Sodhi's off-stump.
11:11 hrs IST: Wicket!! Shami strikes again as Craig falls for 1. India need just 3 more wickets away now
11:09 hrs IST: Santner scores his maiden Test half-century. NZ need 239 more runs to win.
11:06 hrs IST: Reverse swing for Shami and the ball jags back in, catching Watling plumb in front of the wicket. Great bowling from the Indian pacer!
11:05 hrs IST: Wicket!! Shami dismisses Watling for 18. India are 4 wickets away now.
10:59 hrs IST: Vijay is easily negotiated with. The New Zealanders are playing everything off the backfoot.
10:58 hrs IST: Meanwhile, some more bad news for New Zealand as spinner Mark Craig has been ruled out of the Test series due to a strain. Jeetan Patel has been named as his replacement. Craig will bat in this Test, though.
10:57 hrs IST: Murali Vijay comes into the attack.
10:54 hrs IST: Four!! Short and on the leg, and Santner get an edge. The ball misses Saha and runs away to fine leg boundary.
10:50 hrs IST: Four!! Watling rocks onto his backfoot and smashes it to the point boundary. He moves to 18 in a jiffy. NZ are 187/5 in 65 overs.
10:47 hrs IST: Another big lbw shout from Jadeja! And once umpire Richard Kettleborough shakes his head. Clearly going down the leg.
10:41 hrs IST: Big shout for lbw! The ball struck Santner on his back leg but umpire Richard Kettleborough shakes his head.
10:40 hrs IST: Santner seems to be the new and improved version of Daniel Vettori, at least batting-wise.
10:38 hrs IST: Four!! Watling rocks onto the backfoot and smashes it to the point boundary.
10:31 hrs IST: Six!! Santner shimmies down the pitch and slog sweeps Ashwin over the mid-wicket boundary. NZ are 164/5 after 59 overs.
10:25 hrs IST: Out!! Ronchi falls for 80 as Jadeja gives India the first breakthrough of Day 5. The Kiwi batsman went for another expansive shot and gets a top edge. Ashwin takes an easy catch at backward point.
10:16 hrs IST: The partnership is now 102 off 207 balls.
10:15 hrs IST: Beautiful delivery from Jadeja, pitches on middle and spins away. Ronchi completely beaten there. New Zealand are 158/4 in 56 overs.
10:09 hrs IST: Six!! Another hoick from Santner and the ball goes far and long over the mid-wicket boundary.
10:04 hrs IST: Four!! Full from Umesh and Ronchi tries to go for a big shot but checks his shot. The ball just beats the short mid-on fielder.
10:00 hrs IST: Four!! Ronchi comes down the track and smashes Ashwin over long-on for another boundary. Inches short from being a maximum.
09:55 hrs IST: Change in bowling for India as Umesh Yadav comes into the attack, replacing Ravindra Jadeja.
09:52 hrs IST: 12 overs have been bowled so far and it has yielded just 21 runs for New Zealand. More importantly, they haven't lost a wicket yet.
09:50 hrs IST: Complete contrasting styles of batting adopted by Santner and Ronchi. While the former is blocking everything coming his way, Ronchi is looking to score. And it's working for the visitors. At least till now!
09:48 hrs IST: Outside edge for Ronchi off the bowling of Jadeja, but the ball hasn't carried to first slip.
09:46 hrs IST: Half-century for Luke Ronchi as New Zealand continue to defy the Indian spinners. Second Test fifty for the wicketkeeper batsman.
09:42 hrs IST: Ronchi and Santner are dealing with Ashwin and Jadeja well. Some sturdy batting from the Kiwi duo.
09:36 hrs IST: Four!! Ronchi with a sublime cover drive, brings about the second boundary for New Zealand this morning.
09:32 hrs IST: Four!! Santner with a wild hoick and he gets a boundary for that at mid-wicket. Trying to hit his way out.
09:27 hrs IST: Some prodigious turn for Ashwin. Ronchi and Santner can't get the ball away.
09:25 hrs IST: Jadeja and Ashwin are bowling in tandem. Kohli will be cursing himself for not including Amit Mishra. Surely, the leggie would have had a big impact on this pitch, especially on Day 5. New Zealand are 94/4 in 41 overs.
09:22 hrs IST: The Indian spinners are at it again. Mitchell Santner has already been beaten a couple of times now and is finding the going with the ball taking some dramatic turn.
09:15 hrs IST: Welcome all!
It was a memorable day for Ashwin, as the 30-year-old became the second fastest bowler to claim 200 wickets in Tests. The spinner used the spin-friendly track in Kanpur to his advantage, and picked three wickets to put New Zealand in a spot of bother.
The visitors struggled with the bat after India had taken a lead of 433 runs earlier in the day. Indian batsmen managed to add runs 218 runs on board from their Day 3 total, and Virat Kohli declared at 377/5 after Ravindra Jadeja completed his second Test fifty.
Kohli's men will look to seal the win when play resumes on Day 5, with Ashwin and his fellow Indian bowlers expected to dominate with the ball on a track favourable to spin and reverse swing.