Hyderabad, Aug 26: R Ashwin recorded a stunning match figures of 12 for 85 as India beat New Zealand by an innings and 115 runs in the first Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday.
Off-spinner Ashwin claimed the Man-of-the-match award for his outstanding performance against a hapless New Zealand batting line-up. The offie's figures were the best by any Indian bowler against New Zealand. He also now holds the record for most wickets by an Indian after seven Tests. With 43, he went past Narendra Hirwani's 42.
Apart from Ashwin, left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha also joined the party to torment Kiwi batsmen. Under gloomy weather conditions on Day 4, Ashwin claimed a total of six wickets after the visitors were forced to follow on. Ojha claimed 6/92 as spinners dominated proceedings early on.
Despite little resistance from Brendan McCullum (42) and Kane Williamson (52), Kiwi middle-order succumbed to Ashwin's brilliance.
The second Test starts on August 31, in Bangalore.
Play got underway on the fourth day of the first cricket Test between India and New Zealand after a two-hour delay forced by light rain and wet ground conditions on Sunday.
The match started at 11 pm after officials inspected the ground at 10.40pm.
The morning drizzle stopped around 9 am, the advanced scheduled time, but the waterlogged field at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium meant that India, chasing a big win, were in for a frustrating wait.
Due to the weather-forced delay, the first session of play would be till 12.30pm. The stumps would be drawn at 5pm. New Zealand were 41 for one on day three, following on in their second innings with Brendon McCullum (16) and Kane Williamson (3) occupying the crease.
Only 37.3 overs, including 18 in New Zealand's second innings, could be possible yesterday as the third-day's proceedings had started an hour behind schedule.
Resuming at 106 for five, New Zealand were bowled out for 159 in the extended first session yesterday. India notched 438 in their first innings.