Cricket round-up: Ravichandran Ashwin torments New Zealand in third Test
The final test between India and New Zealand is firmly in the balance as New Zealand have a lead of 244 runs with one wicket remaining in their second innings.
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin tore through the Kiwi batting order, taking his fifth five-wicket haul of his career as the visitors finished on 232 for nine at the close of the third day's play in the second and final test on Sunday.
Earlier in the day, New Zealand fast-bowler Tim Southee took seven wickets as the hosts were dismissed for 353 in their first innings.
Virat Kohli, unbeaten on 93 overnight, top scored for India as he celebrated his second Test-match century. He was dismissed by Southee for 103.
New Zealand will be frustrated with their effort with the bat, however, as at least six of their batsmen got settled at the crease before being dismissed for less than fifth.
Brendon McCullum (23), Ross Taylor (35) and James Franklin (41) all got going but couldn’t build on their solid starts to make a big score, which would have put the Kiwi’s firmly in the driving seat. They will start tomorrow with Jeetan Patel (10) and number eleven Trent Boult (0) at the crease.
India should have no trouble in seeing the tail-enders off, and from there they can set about chasing down the reachable total in their final innings.
Century hero Kohli is confident that India can win the Test match in the remaining two days available.
He told ESPN: "When you have a lot of time you don't have to think about the target, you just play normal cricket.
"I don't think the wicket is doing so much that we have to be worried about the target that's been set.
"If we think to bat three-four sessions, we should be in a good position to win the match."
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