Mumbai Test Day 1: Mayank’s brilliance rescues India

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The final Test of the 2 match Test series between India and New Zealand was off to a late start due to rain. The delay was only 50 minutes as the two captains went ahead for the toss. Interestingly two new captains were leading their teams in the match.

While Virat Kohli replaced Ajinkya Rahane, Kiwi opener Tom Latham took the charge of captaincy in the absence of Williamson who was out because of an exacerbated left elbow injury. The Indian team had a few changes owing to the injury of Jadeja and Ishant. Jayant Yadav and Mohammad Siraj were picked in the eleven while Darryl Mitchell substituted Williamson.

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Kohli won the toss and chose to bat on a moist Mumbai track that looked to offer spin with the sun out. India was off to a brisk start as Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill batted sensibly putting up a 50 run stand.

Ajaz Patel claims four, shocks the top order

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It was in the 28th over when Shubman Gill(44 runs off 71balls) edged Ajaz Patel’s delivery to Ross Taylor at first slip and India lost its first wicket. Ajaz Patel shined once again in his very next over as he dismissed Chetesheswar Pujara and Virat Kohli both for ducks. India looked in deep trouble, struggling at 80-3.

Mayank Agarwal turned out to be India’s new crisis man as he bailed his side out of the precarious situation building a needed 50 plus partnership with fellow batter Shreyas Iyer. After Ajaz Patel claimed Iyer’s wicket in the 48th over, Saha(25* runs off 53 balls)came in and managed to construct another crucial stand with Agarwal. Mayank Agarwal was at his best and negotiated every tough spell of the day.

Mayank hits a ton as he bats the entire day

He reached his 4th Test hundred in style by putting away Darryl Mitchell’s delivery for a four. His unbeaten knock of 120* of 246 deliveries exuded his sheer grit and great resolve. It was only because of his incredible knock that India averted a batting scare and ended the day with an edge over the Blackcaps. At the end of Day 1’s play, India is at 221-4 with Agarwal and Saha at the crease.

Brief scores: India 221/4 (Mayank Agarwal 120*; Ajaz Patel 4-73) vs New Zealand.

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