New Zealand spinner Ejaz Patel shocked India

New Zealand’s left-hander Ajaz Patel picked up three wickets around India’s batsmen after the hosts opted to bat in inclement weather on the first day of the second and final Test at the Wankhede Stadium.

At tea, the hosts reached 3-111, opening batsman Mayank Agarwal 52 and Shreyas Iyer scored seven not out.

Agarwal and Shubman Gill gave their team a strong start after captain Virat Kohli decided to bat after winning the toss.

The first session was wiped out as the outfield was wet following unseasonal rains in Mumbai in the last two days.

Mumbai-born Patel, whose parents immigrated to New Zealand in 1996, dismissed Gill for 44 after the batsman added 80 runs for the opening stand with Agarwal.

Patel returned in his next over to dismiss Cheteshwar Pujara and Kohli before opening his account, much to the dismay of some hundreds on the ground overlooking the Arabian Sea.

Kohli, who returned to the side to lead India after being rested for the three-match Twenty20 series and the first Test in Kanpur, unsuccessfully reviewed the LBW decision and was trampled upon after talks with the on-field umpires.

Television replays were inconclusive to show whether he had hit the ball before Patel’s delivery.

From 80 for no loss, India were left at 3-80 and it was left to Agarwal and Iyer, who started a dream Test at Kanpur with 105 in the first innings and a crucial 65 in the second, so that Make sure they didn’t have it. Shock ahead.

Both sides suffered injuries before the Test, with the tourists losing captain Kane Williamson to an elbow problem, while the hosts lost Ajinkya Rahane, who led the team in Kanpur in Kohli’s absence, Ravindra Jadeja and Ishant Sharma.


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