Ashwin blitzes five-wicket landmark, India tighten grip

first_imgINFORE, India (AP): Ravichandran Ashwin took his 20th five-wicket haul yesterday as New Zealand were 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. The visitors started well, with Martin Guptill (72) adding 118 runs with Tom Latham (53). They were both dropped once. Ashwin then accepted a simple return catch to dismiss Latham before lunch. The slide began after the break, as New Zealand lost four wickets for 14 runs. Ashwin bowled Kane Williamson (8) and then had both Ross Taylor (0) and Luke Ronchi (0) caught at slip, with Ajinkya Rahane pulling off sharp catches. “Early in the spell, I try to get my alignment and rhythm going properly and it’s taking me a few overs,” said Ashwin. “Once I go through it and when my body starts going completely into the ball, the starts getting better. That was one of the spells after lunch,” he said, after the close of play. Guptill was unlucky to be runout when Ashwin got his fingers off a Ronchi drive and deflected the ball onto stumps. James Neesham (71) added 53 runs with BJ Watling (23) to stem the rout. But Ravindra Jadeja (2-80) struck on either side of tea to remove Watling and Mitchell Santner (22), who added 52 runs with Neesham. The all-rounder completed his fourth Test half-century, before becoming Ashwin’s fifth victim, trapped lbw. It was the 20th five-wicket haul for the off-spinner and he became the quickest Indian bowler to achieve this milestone. He got there in 39 Tests, as compared to Kapil Dev (98 Tests), Anil Kumble (75 Tests) and Harbhajan Singh (59 Tests). “We have had some good discussions. If somebody is batting well, he gives you different ideas about how differently you can bowl and what fields you can have,” said Ashwin, about his interactions with Indian coach Kumble. Jeetan Patel (18) was then run-out much in the same way as Guptill, Ashwin deflecting a dropped return catch from Matt Henry (15 n.o.) onto the stumps. Trent Boult (0) 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 while fielding, walked off after facing seven balls as he aggravated his injury. There was some surprise that the Indian captain chose to rest his bowlers with only six overs remaining in the day. “I was certainly preparing to bat. Tomorrow, I expect them to come out, play a few shots, and put quick runs on board,” said Latham, after the day’s play. Murali Vijay was unbeaten on 11, while Cheteshwar Pujara was not out on one run at stumps. India have already won the three-match series with an unassailable 2-0 lead. UNLUCKY GUPTILLlast_img read more

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Jack Wilshere excited to be back for Arsenal and hopes for Euro 2016 call

first_img Jack Wilshere in action for Arsenal against Sunderland 1 Jack Wilshere described his Arsenal first-team return as the “best feeling” – and hopes it is his first step on the way to Euro 2016.The midfielder made his first appearance for the Gunners in 11 months during Sunday’s Premier League clash with Sunderland.Wilshere, who was sidelined by a leg fracture suffered in pre-season, played the final seven minutes of the goalless draw.The 24-year-old is delighted to be back and now hopes to do enough to convince England boss Roy Hodgson to include him in his squad for this summer’s finals.“It’s the best feeling,” he said of his return to action. “All those late nights and long days in the gym, this is when it really pays off.“You can do all the training, you can play for the under-21s to build your fitness up, but what really matters is playing for the first team and getting back on the pitch, so I’m really happy.“I felt good. In my first under-21s game, I didn’t really feel that great. In the second I felt better and in the third I felt as though I was able to get through 90 minutes and have an impact on the game.“I spoke with the boss (Arsene Wenger) in the week, he felt the same and I travelled to Sunderland. It’s a big week for me in training, getting fitter and sharper. Hopefully next weekend I can get some more game time and go from there.“I’m not saying that I’m there yet, this is just another step on my way to full recovery. There’s a few games left and after that, hopefully I’ll go away with England to the Euros. It’s an exciting time.”Arsenal FC: ‘Jack Wilshere’s done more in ten minutes than Aaron Ramsey has all game!’ REACTION TO MIDFIELDER’S RETURNlast_img read more

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