India can certainly fancy their chances of making it a 3-0 whitewash in their series versus New Zealand after taking a 276-run lead in the third and final Test at Indore on Monday. R Ashwin was once again the star of the day, taking figures of 6 for 81 and putting his side in a commanding position.
The hosts chose not to enforce the follow-on and India extended their lead to 276, Here are the stats from the day:
20- Ravichandran Ashwin’s figures of 5 for 81 on Monday was his 20th five-wicket haul in his 39th Test match for India. He is now fourth on the list for the most number of five-fors for India. Anil Kumble leads the list with 29 in 132 Tests.
2- Number of bowlers who took 20 five-wicket hauls in fewer matches than Ashwin. Clarrie Grimmett got to the mark in 37 Tests and Sidney Barnes got there in 25 matches.
5-Ashwin’s five-wicket haul on Monday was his fifth against New Zealand, which is the highest for Indian bowler against the Kiwis. Bishan Singh Bedi, Subhash Gupte, Erapalli Prassana and Zaheer Khan all took four five-wicket hauls against the same opposition. Four out of Ashwin’s 5 five-wicket hauls against New Zealand have seen him take six wickets in that innings.
2-Courtesy his 53 on Monday, Tom Latham joined Rohit Sharma as the second player to score a half-century in each of the three Test matches in this series.
213-Number of Test wickets picked up by Ashwin in 39 Test matches for India. He is now eighth on the list of most number of scalps of taken by Indians in their Test history.
0-Number of times New Zealand have made a total of 300 or more in this series. They were dismissed for 299 on Monday.
72-Martin Guptill’s 72 on Monday was his first score of 50+ or more after a gap of seven innings. His last fifty came against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo earlier this year.
2- In two Tests that he has played against India, James Neesham has made two 50+ scores. He made 71 on Monday and also has to credit a century against this opposition, which he made in Auckland in 2014.