Ashwin dozen does for Black Caps
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin’s 12 breakthroughs gave India an innings-and-115-run win over New Zealand inside four days at Hyderabad in the first Test of two between the sides.
The tourists lost their last seven wickets for 26 runs, five of them to Ashwin who had already bowled captain Ross Taylor with a beauty.
Following on, New Zealand resumed on 41 for one after a two-hour rain delay and were able to improve on their first-innings 159 by only five.
There was little sign of the carnage to follow as Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson extended their overnight stand of 15 to 66 in 25 overs by lunch.
In the third over of the afternoon, with the alliance at 72, a furious McCullum was given out lbw to Umesh Yadav by umpire Steve Davis despite an inside edge and, in the absence of the Decision Review System, departed for 42.
With his side into three figures, Taylor paid for leaving a ball that turned sharply to clip the top of off stump but Williamson reached a fifty in the company of Daniel Flynn.
However, left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha had the right-hander caught at slip for 52 to start the slide.
Ashwin trapped the sweeping Flynn lbw and had James Franklin caught at slip in his next over via a sensational one-handed take from Virender Sehwag, diving to his right behind wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
After tea Ojha had Doug Bracewell held at gully and Kruger van Wyk paid for reverse-sweeping when he was trapped in front by Ashwin, who completed victory in his next over by having Trent Boult caught at slip and Chris Martin lbw, both for ducks.
Ashwin’s 6-54 from 26.5 overs gave him best match figures of 12-85 while Ojha’s 3-48 left him with six wickets in the game. The second Test, which precedes two Twenty20 internationals, is in Bangalore from Friday.