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Ashwin six-for wraps up 197-run win

India 318 (Vijay 65, Pujara 62, Boult 3-67, Santner 3-94) and 377 for 5 dec (Pujara 78, Vijay 76, Rohit 68*, Jadeja 50*) beat New Zealand 262 (Williamson 75, Latham 58, Jadeja 5-73, Ashwin 4-93) and 236 (Ronchi 80, Santner 71, Ashwin 6-132) by 197 runs
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R Ashwin picked up his 19th five-wicket haul as India wrapped up a 197-run win in their 500th Test match. Needing six wickets at the start of the fifth day, India endured a wicketless first hour as Luke Ronchi and Mitchell Santner stretched their fifth-wicket stand to 102, but the wickets came quickly thereafter. The win arrived 43 minutes after lunch when Ashwin had Neil Wagner lbw with a carrom ball. Chasing a nominal 434, New Zealand had been bowled out for 236.

Ashwin finished with innings figures of 6 for 132 and match figures of 10 for 225 in 66.2 overs. Bowling with a callus in the middle finger of his bowling hand, he used the carrom ball frequently after lunch, possibly because he was finding it difficult to grip the offbreak. He took two wickets with it - of Wagner and Ish Sodhi, who walked across his stumps to get bowled around his legs - but the big breakthrough came with a big-spinning offbreak, pitching outside Santner's leg stump and turning across him to force an edge to gully.

It ended a hugely impressive performance from Santner, who faced 179 balls in the innings and 286 in the match in addition to bowling 55.2 overs of left-arm spin and picking up five wickets.

Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja did the bulk of the bowling, sending down all but 18 overs of New Zealand's innings, which lasted 87.3 overs, and 134.2 of the 183.2 overs India bowled in the match. At times India's selection of two spinners and two seamers looked questionable, but Mohammed Shami showed why he had been included by taking out two wickets in two balls in a short, sharp spell of reverse-swing - which had been in scant evidence in the match until that point - before lunch.

By the time Shami came on, bowling all those overs was beginning to have its effect on the spinners. Ronchi gifted them his wicket with a loss of concentration in the first over after drinks, but the new batsman, BJ Watling, was looking comfortable, sweeping and cutting delightfully. The sixth-wicket partnership had moved to 29 when Shami measured his run-up.

Bowling around the wicket to the left-handed Santner, he gave early warning of reverse-swing with an lbw shout off his second ball. The ball was probably doing too much and missing leg stump. The last ball of his second over was a near mirror image. Shami was bowling over the wicket to the right-handed Watling, and the ball tailed into him to pin him to the crease. Again, the ball swung appreciably, but replays suggested the ball would probably have hit some part of leg stump - umpire's call, perhaps, had DRS been in use.

Then, first ball of his next over, reverse-swing into the left-handed Craig, who played the initial line without really moving his feet, and left a big gap for the ball to swerve through and crash into the stumps.

As had been the case through the match, there had been plenty of help in the first half-hour of the morning, and the ball turned and jumped extravagantly past the edge on a number of occasions. Santner's reaction to being beaten by Ashwin was a wide grin, suggesting there was little he could do against a ball turning so far.

But even when it was beaten, his defence looked solid; front leg coming down the pitch rather than across to guard against the lbw, bat close to pad, and hands refusing to get drawn by the turn.

As the morning wore on, the turn became slower, and batting easier, especially off the back foot. Ronchi, his footwork nimble and decisive, began to dominate Ashwin. He had looked comfortable against the offspinner even on the fourth evening, jumping out to hit him over the long-on boundary and making room to cut him off the stumps.

Now, having mostly faced Jadeja in the early exchanges - 17 out of his first 23 balls of the day - he moved to fifty with a cover-drive for two off Ashwin, and four overs later came down the track to lift him over mid-on for four. By the end, he had scored 37 off the 33 balls he faced from Ashwin.

Santner too was opening up, but always playing within his limitations; his go-to attacking shots were the cut, whenever anyone dropped a little short, and the slog-sweep, when he saw a bit of air and room to free his arms, hitting a six each off Ashwin and Jadeja.

The wicket came off Jadeja's bowling, and it came off an ill-advised shot. Till then, Ronchi had hit all his lofted hits with a straight bat, but now, with long-off back and mid-on in, he looked to slog-sweep against the turn, and only managed a top-edge that skewed high to point.

One more


No. of India bowlers who took more 10-wicket hauls in Tests than Ashwin who picked his 5th such haul in this match. Kumble had 8 while Harbhajan also took 5.

Lots of fifties, no centuries


No. of Tests which have had more fifties from batsmen without a single century, than this Test which has had 10 fifties so far.

All-round Santner


Last time a NZ player scored 50 or more runs and took 5 or more wickets in a Test in India, before Santner - John Bracewell at Wankhede in 1988-89.

Steady Ronchi


Fifties for Ronchi in his career of 2 Tests so far, including this. He had made 88 & 31 in his debut Test and 38 and a fifty in this Test.

Second fastest


No. of bowlers who completed 200 Test wickets in fewer matches than Ashwin's 37 Tests. Clarrie Grimmett achieved it in 36 Tests, the fastest.

Huge target


No. of higher targets set by India in Tests against NZ than the 434 in this match. India had set 617 in Wellington in 2008-09.

Quick partnership


No. of balls in which Rohit and Jadeja added 50 runs for the sixth wicket.

Spinners doing the damage


No. of Tests in which NZ spinners took 10 or more wickets against India, including this. The previous 2: Nagpur 1969-70 (19 wkts) and Ahmedebad 2010-11 (12).

Enough on board?


Highest 4th inns total by a visiting team in India, by West Indies at Kotla in 1987-88. India's lead has gone past 300 already.

Nothing big


Runs scored by Kohli in Tests since his double-century against West Indies in the first Test. His scores since then being 44, 3, 4, 9, 18.

Second-wicket galore


No. of Tests that have had three century partnerships for the 2nd wicket, including this match. The other two: Eng v Aus, Lord's, 1953 and Aus v Pak, MCG, 1972-73.

Top-three's contribution


Last time each of India's top-three made scores of 30 or more in both innings of a Test, before this - vs Aus in Mohali. This is the 5th such instance for India.

Rahul-Vijay's first


Previous highest opening stand between KL Rahul and Vijay in Tests, before this in 5 inns. This is the first time they have shared a 50+ stand.