By the end of the day, India were 69 for no loss in their second innings. Virat Kohli Deciding against enforcing follow-on in the second and final test.
Achievement: , as it happened
Cheteshwar Pujara came out to open in place of injured Shubman Gill, looked good during his unbeaten 29-run knock Mayank Agarwal, after an impressive 150 of 325 in India’s first innings, remained unbeaten on 38.
The lead increased to 332 for the hosts and in these circumstances, the Indians would be ready for the end of day three to take some rest before boarding a charter flight to Johannesburg on 16 December.
The second day of the second Test should have only belonged to the 33-year-old Patel, who had figures of 47.5-12-119-10 to be included in the ‘Elite List’, where he has the late Jim Laker and Indian great Anil. Kumble for the company.
Keeping India’s first innings down to a manageable level, Patel must have had a sense of excitement, but before the congratulatory messages started pouring in on social media, his batsmen managed to bat in just 28.1 overs. cheated for
The team scored the lowest by an overseas side on Indian soil.
The Black Caps batted 14.4 overs less than their lead spinner to get all the Indian players out.
He didn’t even let this feat sink before mohammed sirajiK (3/19) a hostile four-over spell literally destroyed them. There were two balls that were straight and had enough momentum to beat the batsman’s defense while the other was an average bouncer.
Ravichandran Ashwin (4/8 in 8 overs) and Akshar Patel (2/14 in 9.1 overs) Were pretty good on this track as expected. The opposition batsmen could not match the turn and bounce.
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New Zealand’s innings came to an end before the Indian bowlers warmed up well and it was understandable that Kohli wanted some batting time against a battered opponent that would give him and the whole the confidence he needed.
With the match but in his pocket, Pujara stroked freely and also hit a six off Patel – rare from an exponent of defensive batting.
While Pujara would certainly value these welcome runs, it cannot be seen in isolation that it came when the pressure was completely dissipated due to a massive 263-run lead in the first innings.
Patel started the day with two quick wickets before Agarwal and Axar added 67 runs for the seventh wicket to take the score to 300 runs. Akshar scored his first 50 and batted with great care and occasional aggression.
The best delivery of six wickets he got that day was the one that dismissed Ravichandran Ashwin as he carried the batsman and got enough to clip the bails.
Ashwin happily appealed to the DRS without realizing that he had been bowled as he felt the bowler had appealed to hold back.
The review was doomed because they had already asked for it and once they realized they had beaten the lock, stock and barrel, they did not wait for the final verdict.
No wonder that when Patel made Siraj his 10th and final victim, Ashwin was seen giving a standing ovation from the Indian dressing room.
But little would have known Patel that it would turn into an antagonistic climax after Siraj’s initial blast, which was as good as was seen in home Test matches where the pitches are not conducive to fast bowling. However, it had extra bounce.
The ball that dismissed Ross Taylor was probably the best of the match.
The ball came in the size of Taylor to play a defensive shot, only to find enough deviation that hit the outside edge of his bat and knocked it back down the off-stump.
It was a dismissal of sorts after which there was no chance of recovery for the New Zealand players, who would now only want to delay the inevitable.