Indore Test, Day 3: Ravichandran Ashwin's Deadly Spell Leaves New Zealand Reeling
A brilliant six-wicket haul from Ravichandran Ashwin saw India maintain their dominance on New Zealand and remain firmly on course for a 3-0 series whitewash at the end of third day's play in the final Test match in Indore on Monday
After scoring a mammoth 557 in first innings, India were looking to take quick wickets on Monday morning. (Images Credit: BCCI)
Tom Latham started off cautiously against the Indian seamers Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami.
Guptill played his natural game and punished all loose balls that came his way.
The duo added 118 runs for the first wicket to put New Zealand in control.
Just at the stroke of lunch, Ravichandran Ashwin removed Latham, who looked set to get a hundred.
For the third time in three innings, Ashwin got rid of Kane Williamson. The New Zealand skipper scored just eight off 25 balls.
Ross Taylor became Ashwin's next victim. The former Kiwi skipper has been in poor form in this series and has scored just 57 runs in five innings so far.
Guptill, who scored his first fifty of the series, was caught out of his crease at the non-striker's end when Ashwin deflected a straight shot from Luke Ronchi onto the stumps.
James Neesham then revived New Zealand's innings, sharing a 53-run stand with BJ Watling for the sixth wicket and 52 with Mitchell Santner for seventh.
But Ravindra Jadeja removed both Santner and Watling to put the visitors in all sorts of trouble.
Ashwin then removed Boult to end with the figures of 6/81. It was his 20th five-wicket haul in Tests.
Gautam Gambhir's return to Test cricket ended in agony, when he aggravated a shoulder injury to go back to the pavilion retired hurt, during India's second innings.
India were 18 for no loss at stumps increasing their overall lead to 276 runs.