India pile on misery for Kiwi bowlers in 2nd test
MUMBAI, India (AP) — India pressed its advantage home of the second test against New Zealand in Mumbai and reached 142-2 to lead by 405 runs at lunch on day three.
Mayank Agarwal followed his first innings’ hundred with another half-century and shared a century opening stand with Cheteshwar Pujara as India batted the tourists out of the contest on Sunday.
At the break, Shubman Gill was 17 not out. with captain Virat Kohli on 11.
Starting from 69-0 overnight Agarwal and Pujara piled on the misery for the Kiwi bowlers by sharing a partnership of 107 before Ajaz Patel took the first of his two wickets in the session, to go with all ten Indian wickets from his historic first innings performance on Saturday.
Agarwal scored 150 in the first innings and looked on track for a second innings century also but lofted a Patel delivery which was caught at long off when on 62.
Agarwal’s fifty came off 90 deliveries as he became only the fourth Indian batsman to register 50-plus scores in both innings at Mumbai. Kris Srikkanth had last achieved this feat in 1987.
Pujara scored 47 runs, including six fours and a six, before he was caught at slip by Ross Taylor with India at 115-2.
On Saturday, India took control of the second test by reaching 69-0 in the second innings at stumps after bowling New Zealand out for 62. Ajaz Patel’s historic 10-wicket first innings haul meant he became just the third bowler in cricket history to take all 10 wickets in an innings.
The first test ended in a draw.
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