Monday, January 17

Patel’s historic feat in vain as India clinches series against New Zealand

Agencies

India wrapped up the second Test against New Zealand with a crushing 372-run victory on Monday for a 1-0 series win with five sessions to spare.

Resuming on 140-5 in pursuit of a nominal 540 in Mumbai, New Zealand were bowled out for 167. According to the BBC, the last five wickets of the Kiwis fell for five runs in 30 balls.

Jayant Yadav, playing his first Test since 2017, took four wickets on Monday to finish with figures of 4-49 while fellow off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin claimed 4-34 – and a remarkable 8-42 in the match.

New Zealand never came close to repeating their achievement in the first Test, when they fought back on the final day from nine wickets down to earn a draw.

Despite India’s victory, the Test will be best remembered for New Zealand left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel becoming the third man to take 10 wickets in a Test innings. Patel on December 4 created history by taking all 10 wickets of India in an innings to become the third bowler after Jim Laker and Anil Kumble to achieve the feat, reports the Economic Times. He dismissed all 10 Indian batsmen in the first innings at the Wankhede Stadium. Patel finished with figures of 10/119 as India were bowled out for 325.

Meanwhile, India’s victory means they stay third in the World Test Championship table  , behind Sri Lanka and Pakistan. New Zealand are sixth.

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