India put up a spectacular bowling performance after Mayank Agarwal's terrific 150 to strengthen their grip on the second Test match against the Kiwis at Wankhede stadium, Mumbai. The highlight of the day was NZ spinner Ajaz Patel's historic 10-wicket haul in an innings. However, the Indian bowlers did all in their powers to swing India into a commanding position, dismissing NZ for their lowest total (62) against India. At stumps, India were leading by 332 runs.
India started the day on 221/4 and were all out for 325. Patel was in the thick of things as he joined Anil Kumble and Jim Laker in the elite club of '10 wickets in an innings'. Wriddhiman Saha was the first one to fall today as he got trapped on the back foot while trying to slice Patel square of the wicket.
Incredible achievement as Ajaz Patel picks up all 10 wickets in the 1st innings of the 2nd Test.— BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 2021
He becomes the third bowler in the history of Test cricket to achieve this feat.#INDvNZ @Paytm pic.twitter.com/5iOsMVEuWq
Ravichandran Ashwin fell in the very next ball, leaving Patel on the cusp of a hat-trick. Even though that didn't fructify, Patel went on to claim all the remaining four wickets to bag the honours. Mohammed Siraj was the last wicket to fall, becoming part of the history that the Kiwi created on Indian soil.
Barring Agarwal, who scored almost half the runs of India's total, Axar Patel (52) rose to the occasion with his maiden Test fifty as the duo stitched a 67-run stand for the 7th wicket.
Just when everyone thought the day would solely belong to Ajaz Patel, the Indian bowlers pulled out all their trump cards. Siraj, with his opening spell, got two quick wickets in form of Will Young (4) and Tom Latham (10), and also sent back Ross Taylor (1). The rest of the damage was done by the Indian spinners as Ashwin (4/8), Axar (2/14) and Jayant Yadav (1/13) took turns to torment the Kiwi batters. None of the New Zealand batsmen hit a 20+ score, with the highest coming from Kyle Jamieson (17)!
Skipper Virat Kohli didn't enforce the follow-on despite getting a 263-run lead. India came out to bat for the second time and ended the proceedings on 69/0. Shubman Gill couldn't take guards after receiving a blow on his forearm while fielding. In his absence, Cheteshwar Pujara (29*) opened with Agarwal (38*) and the duo remained unbeaten till the closure of play on Day 2.