Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill to not take the field in Day 3 final session due to injuries

On Day 3 of the Mumbai Test against New Zealand, Indian openers Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill did not take the field after India declared the innings 276/7 to set the visitors a mammoth 540-run total. In the second innings, Agarwal was hit on the right forearm and was “advised not to take the field as a precautionary measure,” according to a BCCI tweet on December 5. On the other side, Gill received a cut on his finger while fielding on the second day and will not play today, according to the tweet. Meanwhile, India extended their overnight advantage of 332-runs after opting not to enforce the follow-on on the second day. Agarwal, the game’s first-innings centurion, followed up with a half-century (62 off 108) before succumbing to Ajaz Patel, who took 14 of India’s 17 wickets.

After Cheteshwar Pujara edged Ajaz to first slip for 47 on the third morning, Gill walked in at No. 3 after he was unable to open the second innings owing to injury. Gill made a similar score as Pujara, albeit a little faster, remaining in for 75 balls to the latter’s 97. Meanwhile, India did not rush to declare, as the rest of their batting order added to the visitors’ suffering. In his 36, No. 4 Virat Kohli hit a four and a six, but he sliced a Rachin Ravindra delivery onto his stumps to keep his century hopes alive. With the overall lead past 400, Shreyas Iyer and Axar Patel took advantage of the opportunity to charge against the tired New Zealand bowlers – Iyer, however, did not last long, hitting a couple of sixes before being stumped by Tom Blundell off Ajaz, whereas Axar went undefeated on 41 in only 26 balls before India declared on Jayant Yadav’s fall.

West Indies’ 418 against Australia in 2003 remains the highest-scoring chase in Test history, meaning New Zealand faces an unprecedented challenge. They lost three early wickets – all to Ravichandran Ashwin – in attempting to do so with two days left in the Test.