Spin duo make merry!


India win the first match. Their 500th test match. So whom should the win be attributed more to. Ashwin’s 10 wicket haul or Jadeja’s all round performance. While Ashwin scored a 40 in the first innings and a 4 wicket haul. Though he did not bat in the second essay he went a step ahead with a 6 wicket haul thus getting 10 wickets. In the process becoming the 2nd fastest player to 200 wickets(37 mtchs) after Clarie Grimmet. This is his 5th 10 wicket haul. And 19th 5 wicket haul. Eventually he got the final wicket too.
>> On the other hand Jadeja scored quickfire important runs in the first outing. He got 42 runs which were crucial as it swelled India’s score above 300. It also spoiled New Zealand’s  plan to finish the innings quickly. When NZ  came out to bat the Williamson-Latham partnership was threatning to erase the first innings score of  India. Then what followed was the trend of visiting teams to India a Collapse. Jadeja got 5 while Ashwin got 4. Nz were all out for 262. India came out to bat with intent to set a near impossible target. Jadeja again scored quick runs before Kohli deciding to declare. Nz needed 434 runs to win or needed to bat out four sessions. With the ball spining and bouncing it was only a matter of time before India win the match. New Zealand were in trouble early as both the openers and the top order succumbed to Ashwin. Luke Ronchi and Santner stuck around but could not stop the inevitable.  Jadeja just got a lone wicket. As it was all Ashwin terrorizing the batsmen.
>> In the end it was spin which the two sides differed in. Nz’s three spinners Sodhi, Santner and Craig got 10 wickets in the whole match.  Whereas Ashwin and Jadeja acconted for 16 wickets. 9 in the first innings.
>> Positives for Nz is their willingness to toil hard. Although  some of their batsmen were out to unforced errors. Remember India too played on the same pitch but got the runs. India are well placed and will want to continue the domination not only in this series but the whole season.

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