India (557/5d, 216/3d) thrash New Zealand (299, 153) by 321 runs to sweep the series 3-0. India have marched to victory and it has been a thoroughly superlative performance. With that, they whitewash the Black Caps and clinch the series 3-0 and also grab the no. 1 Test ranking officially. Ashwin once again came to haunt the Kiwi batsmen in their final innings and they had no answer to his magical spell of bowling as he grabbed 7 wickets and ran through their order in a jiffy. Jadeja chipped in with a couple of wickets and Shami with one.No.1 Test team. @Paytm Test cricket #INDvNZ #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/GSvrYg0erx BCCI (@BCCI) October 11, 2016Earlier in the match, India posted a huge score of 557 on the board riding on the skipper’s masterclass double ton and Rahane’s exceptional 188. The Kiwis tried hard but had no answer to the brilliance of the duo as they were instrumental in pushing the visiting side on back foot.The visiting side came back to bat and the resilient opening pair stitched together a solid 118 run partnership. Once it was broken, the floodgates opened and Ashwin produced a thrilling display of spin bowling grabbing a 6-fer and Jadeja bagged two wickets. The Kiwis conceded a big lead of 258 runs to the home side.India opted not to enforce the follow on and pressed home the advantage further by setting a mammoth target of 475. Pujara was the star as he scored an unbeaten century. It was always going to be a herculean task for New Zealand to save the match from there and they fell like a pack of cards in the final innings to the guile of Indian bowlers. Ashwin deserves a special mention as he took 13 wickets in the match and 27 in the series. advertisementIndia beat New Zealand by 321 runs in Indore Test and win the @Paytm Test Series 3-0. #IndvNZ pic.twitter.com/LX3HzCTG3B BCCI (@BCCI) October 11, 2016As It Happened: Ashwin fittingly gets the last wicket of Trent Boult to finish with a career-best 7/59 and best match figures of 13/140. 16.32 IST: Watling and Boult are delaying the inevitable for India. NZ 299 and 143/9 in 41 overs. 16.12 IST: It’s just a matter of time now! Ashwin clinches another five-wicket haul after Jeetan Patel’s wicket. Two balls later he snares Matt Henry. Both batsmen failed to trouble the scorers. NZ 138/9, India 1 wicket away from victory. 16.03 IST: Mitchell Santner’s resistance comes to an end as Ashwin clean bowls him with a beauty. Ashwin has now completed a 10-wicket haul in this match, this is the sixth time he has achieved this feat. NZ 136/7, India 3 wickets away from victory. 15.34 IST: Black Caps are falling apart!! Jadeja traps Guptill (29) plumb in front of middle stump. NZ 112/6, need more 363 runs to win. 32 LBWs – the most in a three match series (by both sides) in the subcontinent21 for Indian bowlers and 11 for Kiwi bowlers#IndvNZ Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 11, 201615.24 IST: That’s Out!! Jadeja joins in the act and picks up the wicket of Neesham, who departs for a duck. NZ 103/5 in 23.4 overs. 15.18 IST: WICKET!! Ashwin gets his third wicket of the innings as he clean bowls Luke Ronchi for 15. NZ 102/4, need more 373 runs to win. 15.15 IST: 100 comes up for New Zealand for the loss of 3 wickets, they still need 374 to win.15.03 IST: Another one bites the dust!! Ashwin cleans up Ross Taylor, who went for a wild heave but missed the ball completely. Taylor departs after a quickfire 32 off 25 balls. NZ 80/3 in 18.3 overs. (Reuters Photo)14.57 IST: The ICC Test Championship mace will be handed over to Indian captain Virat Kohli after the end of this match. Waiting to add this beauty to our collection – @ICC Test Mace @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/8gcUgQGj0K BCCI (@BCCI) October 11, 201614.54 IST: Ross Taylor has come to the crease with a positive intent. He’s taking on both Ashwin and Jadeja. NZ 75/2 in 16 overs, need 400 more runs to win. 14.39 IST: WICKET! Ashwin strikes second over after lunch and once again he gets Kane Williamson, who departs after scoring a quick 27 off 33 balls. NZ 42/2, need 433 runs more to beat India(AP Photo)(AP Photo) Bowlers dismissing Kane Williamson most times in Tests5 – Pragyan Ojha and R Ashwin#IndvNZ Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 11, 201614.14 IST: Time for Tea!India have stamped their authority in the post-lunch session and are favorites at the moment. To begin with, Pujara batted brilliantly to score a well deserved century and Rahane supported him well in the hunt for quick runs. They set a mammoth target of 475 for the Kiwis and the visiting side faltered while they came out to bat in their final innings. advertisementNew Zealand 299 and 38/1 at tea vs India, need 437 more runs to win. Kane Williamson 23*, Martin Guptill 8*. For India – Umesh Yadav 1/8. 14.06 IST: OUCH!! An attempted short delivery from Umesh hits Guptill flush on the wrist. 13.53 IST: Shami and Umesh are bowling terrific line and lengths against Guptill and Williamson. NZ 299 and 16/1 in 5 overs.http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/india-vs-new-zealand-3rd-test-manual-live-blog/1/784585.html13.38 IST: Umesh bowls a wicket-maiden to start off on a high in the fourth innings. NZ 299 and 7/1 in 2 overs. New Zealand’s highest total in 4th innings in India: 272/6 (107 ov) – match drawn! at Ahmedabad in Oct 2003India’s lead now 401#IndvNZ Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 11, 201613.36 IST: That’s Out!! Umesh Yadav traps Tom Latham plumb in front of middle-stump. NZ 299 and 7/1 in 1.4 overs. 13.31 IST: MAXIMUM RESULT!! Tom Latham begins the run chase with a huge six off Mohammed Shami. NZ 7/0 in 1 over.13.30 IST: Mohammed Shami starts off the proceedings for India with two short deliveries at Tom Latham. NZ 0/0 INDIA HAVE DECLARED ON 216/3! So that was expected, India were just waiting for Pujara’s ton and Kohli has declared after it, giving New Zealand a TARGET OF 475! The hosts scored quick runs and have given New Zealand almost four and a half sessions to bat now. Gambhir scored a quick fifty whereas Pujara got his 8th Test century. Rahane was fluent as well in his short innings.8th Test century for @cheteshwar1 followed by a declaration for India. #NZ need 475 runs to win #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/mT3vRoG32w BCCI (@BCCI) October 11, 201613.19 IST: India (557/5d) declare 2nd innings at 216/3, set a target of 475 for New Zealand. Cheteshwar Pujara 101*, Gautam Gambhir 50, Jeetan Patel 2/56. 13.17 IST: Cheteshwar Pujara slams his 8th hundred in 147 balls. India (557/5d and 215/3) lead New Zealand (299) by 473 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara…8th Test century2nd v N Zealand2nd in 2nd innings6th at home7th at #734th in fc cricket#IndvNZ Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 11, 201612.59 IST: India’s lead has crossed 450 but still no sign of a declaration from the captain. Kohli might be waiting for Pujara (89*) to get his hundred. 18,483 is the match attendance here at the Holkar stadium @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/VMAA4Xm6lV BCCI (@BCCI) October 11, 201612.46 IST: India 557/5d and 173/3, lead New Zealand (299) by 431 runs. Pujara 80*, Rahane 1*.12.33 IST: WICKET!! Virat Kohli departs (lbw b Jeetan Patal 17) in the quest for some quick runs. India 557/5d and 158/3 in 40 overs.12.28 IST: Pujara and Kohli have come out all guns blazing after the lunch break which suggests that the declaration might be coming soon. India 557/5d and 154/2, now lead by 412 runs. 12.23 IST: FOUR! Kohli smashes a boundary to end Santner’s over as India’s lead soars past the 400-run mark. 12.12 IST: FOUR!! Pujara pulls a short delivery from Santner for a boundary as India’s lead soars to 390. India 557/5d and 137/2, lead by 395 runs.11.30 IST: Players break for Lunch!India 557/5d and 127/2 at lunch, lead New Zealand (299) by 385 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara 50*, Gautam Gambhir 50. For New Zealand, Jeetan Patel 1/28.(AP Photo)advertisementIndia have scored 109 runs in 28 overs for the loss of two wickets. The Black Caps struck early today as Guptill sent Vijay back to the hut with a brilliant piece of fielding. Gambhir came back to bat at no 3 and continued his innings after he injured his shoulder yesterday. Take a look at the session summary at Lunch on Day 4 of the third Test #INDvNZ. India now has extended the lead to 385 runs pic.twitter.com/25T27NHPx5 BCCI (@BCCI) October 11, 201611.25 IST: Cheteshwar Pujara brings up his 11th half-century in just 96 balls. India lead by 380 runs.FIFTY! 11th half century in Tests for @cheteshwar1 #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/I3cwizzRJO BCCI (@BCCI) October 11, 201611.16 IST: Heartbreak at Indore! Gautam Gambhir comes down the track and smashes the ball straight to Guptill at cover. Jeetan Patel gets the wicket. Gautam Gambhir c Guptill b Patel 50 (56b).(AP Photo)11.13 IST: Gautam Gambhir brings up his 22nd half-century in just 54 balls. This is his first fifty since 2012 and his second fastest fifty in test cricket. India lead by 367 runs.(AP Photo) 11.05 IST: India 557/5d and 100/1 in 27 ovs, lead NZ by 358 runs (Pujara 33*, Gambhir 46*).10.55 IST: India’s lead has now touched 350. Last 10 overs: 51 runs scored at 5.10 per over.10.53 IST: Fifty-run partnership between Pujara (28*) and Gambhir (37*) comes up. India now lead by 344 runs.10.41 IST: Gambhir is dealing in boundaries right now! He played a delicate late-cut against Santner in the last over to collect a boundary and then flicked Boult off his pads to score another four in the deep square region. India 557/5d and 75/1, lead by 333 runs. 10.32 IST: Drinks break! India 557/5d and 58/1 in 20 overs (Pujara 19*, Gambhir 19*), lead New Zealand by 316 runs.10.21 IST: Trent Boult comes into the attack as India are looking for some quick runs now. India 557/5d and 51/1 in 18 overs, lead by 309 runs. 10.05 IST: Good News!! Gautam Gambhir has recovered from his shoulder injury and has come out to bat once again. He was forced to retire hurt yesterday after hurting his shoulder while diving to get in the crease. 10.03 IST: WICKET!! Misunderstanding with Pujara costs Vijay as he gets run out thanks to some brilliant fielding by Martin Guptill. Vijay went for a non-existent single but Pujara refused the call with Vijay half-way down the pitch. Watling did the rest. India 557/5d and 34/1 in 13.4 overs. (Reuters Photo)9.57 IST: Before I forget, wish you all a very Happy Dussehra from everyone here at India Today. Legends Virender Sehwag and Kapil Dev are also in festive mood it seems.Two legends, one frame – Wishing everyone a #HappyDussehra pic.twitter.com/7CUhbViOoh BCCI (@BCCI) October 11, 2016Wishing everyone a #HappyDussehra and all the health and happiness in the world! sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 11, 20169.55 IST: The Black Caps must attack the batsmen in the first hour itself after which the pitch will get better and better for batting. India 557/5d and 32/0, lead by 290 runs. 9.47 IST: Good effort from Neesham at deep mid-wicket but can’t hold on to the catch! On a length around middle and off, Vijay extends his arms and hits it aerially towards deep mid-wicket. Neesham who is stationed there just in front of the boundary, jumps high in the air and holds the ball. But as the momentum would have taken him behind the boundary, he pushes the ball inside. Single taken by the batsman. India 28/0 in 10.1 overs.9.43 IST: Matt Henry bowls the first maiden this morning. India 26/0, lead by 284 runs.9.39 IST: Mitchell Santner joins Matt Henry in the attack for NZ. India 26/0, lead by 284 runs.9.35 IST: Vijay and Pujara have both started to pile on the runs at Indore. India 22/0 in 7 overs, lead by 280 runs.9.30 IST: Matt Henry will start off the proceedings for the Black Caps this morning. India 18/0 in 6 overs, lead by 276 runs. 9.00 IST: Ravichandran Ashwin, who picked up six wickets yesterday, reveals how he planned to bowl against all the Kiwi batsmen. #TeamIndia bowler @ashwinravi99 on how he plotted Williamson’s dismissals #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/3kE0iYuYwn BCCI (@BCCI) October 10, 2016Day 3 Report:Ravichandran Ashwin took his 20th five-wicket haul as New Zealand was bowled out for 299 runs on day three of the third test in Indore. India then reached 18-0 in six overs at stumps, taking an overall lead of 276 runs.After tea, James Neesham (71) scored his fourth test half-century, and put on 52 runs with Mitchell Santner (22) for the seventh wicket for New Zealand. (India vs New Zealand, 3rd Test, Day 3: As It Happened)Ravindra Jadeja, with 2-80, broke their resistance as Santner was caught at backward short leg.Ashwin then trapped Neesham lbw to complete his five-wicket haul, and then ran out Jeetan Patel (18) when a dropped return catch from Matt Henry was deflected onto the stumps at the non-striker’s end by the spinner.Trent Boult was last man out, caught in the deep off Ashwin, as the Black Caps surrendered a first innings’ lead of 258 runs.India didn’t enforce the follow-on though.Gautam Gambhir, who injured his shoulder whilst fielding, retired after facing just seven balls after he aggravated his injury batting.At the close, Murali Vijay was unbeaten on 11, while Cheteshwar Pujara was not out 1.India has already won the three-match series with an unassailable 2-0 lead.