Ashwin takes India in strong position during third Test vs Kiwis

Photo of Indian Off-spinner bowler Ravichandran Ashwin.

Indore: Host India reached 18 for no loss during their second innings after packaging out New Zealand for 299 on the third day in their final cricket Test today.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin snared four wickets in a sensational spell that triggered a now familiar New Zealand collapse with the visitors reeling at 216 for six against India at tea on the third day of the third cricket Test.

Replying to India’s mammoth 557 for five declared, New Zealand were in a steady position going into lunch at 125 for one but a sudden collapse in post-lunch session saw them lose four wickets between 43rd and 49th over leaving them reeling at 148 for five.

Earlier, India took a first-innings lead of 258 but decided not to enforce the follow on.

Brief scores:

Indian Team: 557/5 declared & 18 for no loss in 6 overs.

New Zealand 1st Innings: 299 all out in 90.2 overs (Martin Guptill 72, Jimmy Neesham 71, Tom Latham 53, R Ashwin 6/81).