KANPUR, Sept 24: The spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin exploited a turning track to the fullest to bundle out New Zealand for 262 as India took firm control of the first cricket Test by extending their overall lead to 215 here today.
Jadeja (5/73) dismissed three batsmen in one over for a five-wicket haul while R Ashwin (4/93) grabbed four wickets as the Indians spun out New Zealand early into the second session.
At draw of stumps, India were 159/1 in their second innings which gave them an overall lead of 215. India lost KL Rahul (38) before Murali Vijay (64) and Cheteshwar Pujara (50) scored briskly to put the hosts in command.
New Zealand had started the day at a strong 152 for one but lost four wickets in the morning session. Their last five batsmen were dismissed for just 24 runs in the second session as Indian spinners ruled the roost.
While the Kiwis struggled to negotiate spin on a deteriorating track, the Indians were hardly troubled in their second innings with Pujara and Vijay going for their shots.
The Kiwi bowlers toiled without success post tea as Vijay and Pujara raised an unbeaten 107-run stand for the second wicket, scoring all these runs in the last session.
Vijay�s knock came off 152 balls with seven shots to the ropes and one over it while Pujara struck eight boundaries in his 80-ball stay so far.
It was this pair of Pujara and Vijay that had troubled the visitors with their resolute half-centuries in the first innings as well.
Leg-break bowler Ish Sodhi had Rahul caught at first slip in the fag end of extended second session. The umpires called for tea break, immediately after Rahul�s wicket.
After starting the day in position of strength the New Zealanders could add only 100 runs to their overnight total with Ashwin and Jadeja exposing visitors� shortcomings in handling spin.
India 1st innings: 318 allout
New Zealand 1st innings: (Overnight 152-1): MJ Guptill lbw b Yadav 21, TWM Latham lbw b Ashwin 58, KS Williamson b Ashwin 75, LRPL Taylor lbw b Jadeja 0, L Ronchi lbw b Jadeja 38, MJ Santner c Saha b Ashwin 32, BJ Watling c & b Ashwin 21, MD Craig lbw b Jadeja 2, IS Sodhi lbw b Jadeja 0, TA Boult c Sharma b Jadeja 0, N Wagner not out 0. Extras: (B-8, LB-5, NB-2) 15. Total: (all out in 95.5 overs) 262. Fall of wickets: 1-35, 2-159, 3-160, 4-170, 5-219, 6-255, 7-258, 8-258, 9-258, 10-262. Bowling: Mohammed Shami 11-1-35-0, Umesh Yadav 15-5-33-1, Ravindra Jadeja 34-7-73-5, R Ashwin 30.5-7-93-4, Murali Vijay 4-0-10-0, Rohit Sharma 1-0-5-0.
India 2nd innings: KL Rahul c Taylor b Sodhi 38, M Vijay batting 64, C Pujara batting 50. Extras: (lb-7) 7. Total: (For 1 wicket; 47 overs) 159. Fall of wickets: 1-52. Bowling: Boult 5-0-11-0, Santner 13-5-33-0, Craig 11-1-48-0, Wagner 8-3-17-0, Sodhi 7-2-29-1, Guptill 3-0-14-0. � PTI