Ashwin shines with all-round performance in Worcestershire's win

Ravichandran Ashwin scalped five wickets and scored 49 runs, including the winning runs, to cap off a remarkable six-wicket victory for Worcestershire against Leicestershire.

Ravichandran Ashwin has claimed 13 wickets in the three matches he has played in his maiden county stint, including a five wicket haul in Worcestershire's win over Gloucestershire.   -  AP

Ravichandran Ashwin starred in Worcestershire's impressive six-wicket win over Leicestershire in its County League second division match at New Road on Friday.

The India all-rounder contributed with both bat and ball as the host overturned Leicestershire's first innings score of 404 to claim it's eighth win of the season. 

In the second innings, Ashwin priced out the key wicket of first innings centurion Neil Dexter, as the visitor was bowled out for 220. The off-spinner ended the innings with three wickets, leaving the Worcs with only 132 runs to chase and to go top of the second division. 

Worcestershire made light work of the target losing four wickets in the process, with Ashwin scoring the winning run.

Earlier in the match, Ashwin scored a brisk 44 in Worcestershire's first innings reply of 493. The West Midlands club gained a crucial 89 run lead over its visitor, which was propelled by opener Brett d'Olvieira's 128 and Ben Cox's 77.

The home side's captain, Joe Leach, outlined the Indian's importance in its bid to earn promotion to the first division. "It’s not just people’s performances on the pitch that dictate their status in the game. The way Ashwin is around the dressing room, the confidence he gives the lads is similar to when we had Saeed Ajmal.

“The guys think we can win from any position because he (Ashwin) is a guy capable of getting the best players out in the world," said Leach.

Ashwin has claimed 13 wickets in the three matches he has played in his maiden county stint, including a five wicket haul in Worcestershire's win over Gloucestershire.