Mumbai: The second day of the second Test between India and New Zealand at the Wankhede Stadium here was an eventful one.
Kiwi spinner Ajaz Patel’s 10-wicket-in-an-innings was followed by a disastrous batting display from the visitors that saw them getting bundled out for 62. Patel’s 10/119 helped New Zealand bowl out India for 325 before coming a cropper in their first innings.
India took complete control of the match grabbing a lead of 332 runs with 10 wickets in hand. This is New Zealand’s lowest ever against India — the previous lowest being 79 by South Africa in Nagpur in 2015.
India chose not to enforce the follow-on and scored 69 for no loss in their second essay with last-innings centurion Mayank Agarwal unbeaten on 38 and Cheteshwar Pujara on 29 at stumps on Day 2.
Patel, originally from Mumbai, migrated to New Zealand in 1996. He became just the third bowler after England great Jim Laker and former India captain Anil Kumble to claim all 10 wickets in an innings in a Test match.
“Obviously quite a special occasion for me; not only me, my wife, my mom and dad, my family. A very special day for me for sure. To be honest, it’s pretty surreal, I don’t think you ever believe you are going to achieve something like that. To be able to do that in my career is pretty special,” Patel was quoted as saying during an interaction with the broadcasters.
“By the grace of God, I am very fortunate, the stars have aligned for me, having an occasion like that here in Mumbai. To be born here and then come back here and achieve something like that is pretty special. I am in very illustrious company with Kumble sir as well,” Patel said.
Brief scores: India 325 in 109.5 overs (Mayank Agarwal 150, Axar Patel 52, Shubman Gill 44, Ajaz Patel 10-119) & 69/0 in 21 overs (Agarwal batting 38, Pujara batting 29) vs New Zealand 62 all out in 28.1 overs (Tom Lathan 10, Kyle Jamieson 17; R Ashwin 4-8, Mohd Siraj 3-19, Axar Patel 2-14)