2nd Test: Ajaz Patel makes history but Kiwi collapse puts India in control
- Ajaz Patel became only the third bowler in Test history to take ten wickets in an innings
- New Zealand were bundled out for just 62
- India's lead currently stands at 332
Mumbai-born left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel entered the history books of Test cricket with a 10-wicket haul but a New Zealand batting collapse helped India establish a massive lead and inch towards victory in the ongoing second Test in Mumbai on Saturday.
Patel joined elite company to become only the third bowler in Test history to take all wickets in an innings. But a fiery opening spell from Mohammed Siraj (3/19) and another emphatic showing from India’s spin attack saw the Kiwis bundled out for just 62, their lowest-ever total against India in the format.
Virat Kohli chose not to enforce the follow-on with India’s score at 69 for no loss at Stumps. Cheteshwar Pujara (29), who opened in place of the injured Shubman Gill, and Mayank Agarwal (38) were untroubled on the crease.
India’s lead stands at 332 at the end of the day’s play and the hosts will look to wrap up the Test with a day or two to spare before departing for their tour of South Africa on December 16.
The second day of the second Test should have solely belonged to the 34-year-old Patel, who had figures of 42.5-12-119-10, to join the 'Elite List', where he has late Jim Laker and Indian great Anil Kumble for company.
By keeping India's first innings total down to a manageable level, Patel must have had a sense of elation but before the plethora of congratulatory messages on social media would stop coming, his batters just flattered to deceive as they managed to bat out only 28.1 overs.
Patel started the day with two quick wickets before Agarwal and Axar added 67 runs for the seventh wicket to take the score towards the 300-run mark. The best delivery of the six wickets that he got on the day, was the one that got Ravichandran Ashwin out as he drew the batter forward and turned enough to clip the bails.
Ashwin hilariously appealed for DRS without realising that he has been bowled as he thought that the bowler had appealed for caught behind.The review was wasted as he had already asked for it and once he realised that he was beaten lock, stock and barrel, he didn't wait for the final verdict.
Patel got Siraj as his 10th and final victim and Ashwin was seen giving him a standing ovation from the Indian dressing room.
The New Zealand innings finished even before the Indian bowlers were nicely warmed up and it was understandable that Kohli wanted some batting time against a battered opposition which would give him and Puara requisite confidence.