Mayank Agarwal ton nudges India ahead after Ajaz Patel show

Mayank Agarwal’s fourth Test century helped India reach 221 for 4 on the first day of the second Test in Mumbai. Ajaz Patel took four wickets and was the hero of the day for New Zealand, who struggled to create any pressure apart from Tim Southee.

After a sluggish start in the morning, where damp areas prevented play in the first session, India decided to bat first after three changes. India dominated the first two hours of the Test, with the openers putting on a strong performance. India scored 20 in the first four overs thanks to three boundaries by Shubman Gill in Kyle Jamieson’s second over. Southee kept it tight, but Tom Latham had no choice but to take Jamieson out after the opening six minutes. The addition of Ajaz not only gave teams more control but also gave them a better understanding of how the surface would react as the Test progressed. In the 19th overs, India’s openers put on a half-century stand while Will Somerville failed to make an impact.

Things, on the other hand, altered radically on the 28th. Gill was aiming to take on the spinners after hitting Somerville for two fours in the previous over. As Ajaz soon left India wobbling, he was caught at first slip. Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli both got ducks as the hosts went from 80 for no loss to 80 for three. Pujara came down the track and was bowled for a five-ball duck after missing the full ball.

Kohli’s expulsion was even more dramatic than expected. After being called lbw, India’s captain chose to appeal the decision. Virender Sharma, the third umpire, couldn’t uncover any compelling proof that Kohli had hit the ball before it brushed the pad after multiple replays. He then told the on-field umpire, Anil Chaudhary, to keep to his earlier ruling, only to be reminded that he had neglected to verify ball-tracking. The replay revealed three reds, and India lost not only the review but also two vital wickets in the space of four deliveries.