Ashwin spins India to victory

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The Independent Online

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin returned the best Test match figures by an Indian bowler against New Zealand to ensure an innings and 115-run victory on the fourth day of the first test.

Ashwin took 6 for 54 in the second innings to finish with a career-best 12-85 as New Zealand, following on 279 runs behind, were bowled out for 164 in Hyderabad. New Zealand had scored 159 in their first innings in reply to India's 438.

The previous best bowling by an Indian bowler against New Zealand was 12 for 152 by off-spinner Srinivas Venkataraghavan in 1965. The second game of the two-test series will be held in Bangalore starting on Friday.