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India beat New Zealand by 321 runs to win Indore Test, sweep series 3-0

 Agencies |  2016-10-11 17:05:04.0  |  Indore, MP

India beat New Zealand by 321 runs to win Indore Test, sweep series 3-0

As a result of the series sweep, India return to the top of the Test rankings, replacing Pakistan. Captain Virat Kohli will be presented with the ICC Test championships mace at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin was the pick of India’s bowlers, his six wickets on Monday helping secure a 258-run lead for the hosts. Ashwin was the star again on Tuesday, taking seven wickets and conceding 59 runs as the Kiwis lost nine wickets in one session.

Earlier on Tuesday, Cheteshwar Pujara registered his eighth Test century before India declared their second innings on 216 for three, setting New Zealand a mammoth 475-run victory target.

Along with Pujara’s ton, Gautam Gambhir struck a fluent 50 in his comeback Test as India declared less than an hour before the tea interval.

Pujara faced 148 balls for his 101 not out, which included nine boundaries, as he added 58 runs off 54 balls with Ajinkya Rahane (23 not out) for the fourth wicket.

In the first innings, Kohli scored the second double ton of his Test career and Rahane notched up a career-best 188 for India to amass a mammoth 557/5 before declaring.

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