#INDvsNZtest, Day 1: Ajaz Patel dismisses rival’s top order, Mayank handles struggling ship

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There were moments of controversy over the captain’s dismissal and Pujara’s poor form in the second Test between India and New Zealand as he returned to zero in an already struggling game for the hosts.

Mumbai: There were moments of controversy over the captain’s dismissal and Pujara’s poor form in the second Test between India and New Zealand as he returned to zero in an already struggling game for the hosts.

Ajaz Patel shook India as he became the reason for the dismissal of all four wickets that Virat Kohli’s team lost in Mumbai today. The toss took place at 11:30 am and at 12 noon at the Wankhede ground, the host team’s openers delayed the game for hours.

Mayank Agarwal scored his fourth Test century as India ended Day-1 on 221/4 on the second and final Test. Agarwal scored an unbeaten 120 while Wriddhiman Saha remained unbeaten on 25.

Tea openers Mayank Agarwal and Shreyas Iyer resumed on 111/3 from where they had left after falling three quick wickets. Ajaz Patel, once again giving a blow to India, broke the 80-run partnership between him and Agarwal by dismissing Kanpur’s Test century batsman Shreyas for just 18 runs.

Despite losing partners at the other end, Mayank Agarwal looked solid and kept pushing the scoreboard and taking advantage of the poor delivery that came his way. Mayank Agarwal, who made a comeback in Kanpur, failed to deliver with the bat but in the second Test he made sure not to go for a begging opportunity. Wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha joined him at the other end and the duo shared a fifty to take India’s total past 200 runs.

Earlier in the day, Ejaz Patel wreaked havoc with the ball as Virat Kohli opted to bat first after a delayed start due to a wet outfield, with the openers justifying the captain’s decision as Shubman Gill scored 44 runs with the bat. Continued his good form. 71 balls. , Gill once again failed to capitalize on a good start as Ejaz Patel got him caught by Ross Taylor at first slip. The opening pair shared an 80-run partnership and the same score saw the fall of 3 wickets in quick succession, reducing India to 80/3.

Cheteshwar Pujara’s poor form continued as the Saurashtra lad struggled with a fall from Patel’s bat, who cleaned him for a five-ball duck. Virat Kohli was also dismissed by Ejaz Patel without bothering the scorer. Kohli was out before leg, a decision that could have gone the other way. The captain survived in just 4 balls and also took the DRS but the third umpire Virender Sharma still dismissed him. Undoubtedly, Ejaz Patel was New Zealand’s star performer who picked up all the wickets that fell on the ball that day.

Brief Scores: India 221/4 (Mayank Agarwal 120* Shubman Gill 44; Aijaz Patel 4-73) vs New Zealand

First Published:December 3, 2021, 6:14 pm

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