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Mumbai Test Day 2: Mumbai-born Ajaz Patel does a Kumble!

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The 2nd Day of the 2nd Test between India and New Zealand was in the true sense of a rollercoaster ride. Slow left-arm orthodox spinner Ajaz Patel became the 3rd person to take ten wickets in a single inning after Jim Laker and Anil Kumble.

Patel shines , New Zealand stumbles

33 years old Patel was actually born in Mumbai and thus today’s feat will definitely be one of his sweetest achievements in his entire career. Though it was definitely a special day for Patel, his team faltered both with the bat and the ball. New Zealand in their 1st innings got bundled out for a paltry total of 62 runs. It was the lowest total ever scored in a Test match in India.

Indian bowlers wreak havoc in Wankhede

If India had to face the wrath of Ajaz Patel, New Zealand confronted a stellar collective performance by the Indian bowlers. The strength of New Zealand’s batting, their top order was cluelessly encountering a sensational opening spell from Mohammed Siraj. After Siraj sent the Kiwi openers Will Young, Tom Latham, and seasoned campaigner Ross Taylor back in the hut, the Indian spinners spun a perplexing labyrinth which left the rest of the batters at sea.

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Ashwin took a 4 wicket haul while Axar bagged 3 scalps. Jayant Yadav did not get many overs yet managed to dismiss Rachin Ravindra.

Agarwal hits 150 , Axar Patel impresses with the bat

At the start of Day 2’s play, India resumed at 221/4 with Mayank Agarwal and Wridhiman Saha at the crease. Agarwal reached his 150 in style by clipping Ajaz Patel’s delivery for a four through backward point. Axar Patel registered his maiden Test fifty that helped India post a decent total of 325-10. Ajaz Patel was the only bowler who was able to put pressure on the India batters. The rest of the Kiwi bowlers had a forgettable outing.

After New Zealand’s batting letdown, Kohli and his men chose to bat for another time. Their aim must be to increase their lead to a mammoth total. Mayank Agarwal opened the innings with a new partner in the form of Pujara. Gill had sustained an injury while fielding. At the end of the day’s play, India are at 69-0 unscathed.

Brief scores: India 325 (Mayank Agarwal 150, Shubman Gill 44, Axar Patel 52; Ajaz Patel 10-119) & 69/0 (Mayank Agarwal 38*, Cheteshwar Pujara 29*) lead New Zealand 62 (Mohammed Siraj 3-19) by 332 runs.

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