Last Updated: December 03, 2021, 17:35 IST
IND vs NZ 2021, 2nd Test, India vs New Zealand, Mumbai Test, Day 1 Live Score: Mayank Agarwal came out fighting as India faced a little middle-order collapse against NZ in Mumbai. After a superb start, Ajaz Patel accounted for Gill, Pujara and Kohli, but the other opening batter stayed put and went onto score a ton. Mayank really needed this especially after KL Rahul’s rise in recent times.
Cheteshwar Pujara’s poor show continued while skipper Virat Kohli got a controversial leg before decision as India went into tea at 111 for three against New Zealand on the curtailed opening day of the second Test. Read More
That will be the end of Day 1 from Wankhede. The light meters were out again and both the teams decided to call it for the day. It’s advantage India on day 1 with the score reading 221/4. Mayank remains unbeaten on 120.
IND 212/4—India looks set for the long hail thanks to another fighting partnership (Agarwal-Saha). This session paved the way for India’ comeback as their innings looked in doldrums with the score reading 80/3. All credit must go to Agarwal who was at its uncharacteristic best with aggressive push which saw him take the lead after India were left stuttering at 80/3.
Opener Mayank Agarwal scored his fourth Test century on Day 1 of the second Test match against New Zealand at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. The talented opener returned to form at probably the best time to lead India’s fightback after spinner Ajaz Patel spun the web around India’s batting order with his four-wicket haul. He also end a 2-year-long century drought with that knock as he reached the triple-figure mark last time in November 2019 when he converted his ton to a double hundred against Bangladesh in Indore.
IND 207/4. Another counter-attacking stand between Mayank Agarwal and Wriddhiman Saha…This is now worth 47 runs. So nice come back from India were stuttering at 80/3. Aggressive batting from them when Iyer and Agarwal were in the middle. Majority of run scoring was done by the latter.
This actually tells how NZ has over relied on him for breakthroughs. And why not? He has bowled so well, turning the ball with a rapid pace. Compared to him, the rest of his peers have dished out some mediocre bowling. Only bowler looked like upto the mark against Indians.
India move to 198/4 as Mayank Agarwal gets to a hundred. Meanwhile NZ have resorted to Daryl Mitchell as the team failed to produce the breakthroughs except Ajaz Patel. Mitchell has so far bowled two overs with his military medium pace which looked ineffective.
Wow, Agarwal gets there with a nice little cover drive. This can’t get better than this as the batter leaps in the air, pumps his fist and say a little prayer to the almighty. The relief on his face was visible. Great century, for India opener Mayank Agarwal.
Although Agarwal is approaching his century, Wriddhiman Saha is getting a move on too. He has used his feet against Ajaz quite well as India move to 188/4. Saha is 16 off 32; Mayank is 96 off 195.
Rachin Ravindra is done with his first over and Mayank Agarwal gets a move on too. He slams a boundary and gets to 95 runs. That century is just around the corner as India moves to 181/4.
Ajaz Patel has been slammed for a six by Wriddhiman Saha. What a shot! Saha steps down the track and launches him for the maximum after spending 30 minutes in the middle. Meanwhile India moves onto 173/4.
Kyle Jamieson is back for another over and starts off really well. Unlike Kanpur, he had to work hard in Mumbai. Intially, he found no swing or movement at all and Gill also carted him for 12 runs in an over.
This session saw 53 runs and one wicket. This has been a good session for India as compared to the earlier one where they were reduced to 80/3 at one stage. Coming back to NZ, Will Somerville and Kyle Jamieson remain a weak link.
Ajaz Patel is back for another spell and Mayank Agarwal is doing his best to hit him out of the park. Defensive batting is not going to serve him and his team well. He has already moved to 88 and eyeing his hundred.
Ajaz Patel gets another breakthrough to New Zealand. Amazing stuff. He is the only bowler who looked like taking a wicket every time he came onto bowl. Shreyas Iyer departs. But Mayank looks set for a ton.
Mayank Agarwal has raced to 85 now and this pair is quickly pushing this Kiwi side on to the back foot. The stand between Iyer and Agarwal is 76 of which Iyer has contributed just 14 runs. The problem for NZ is Ajaz is bowling really well, but not getting any support from the other end.
Mayank Agarwal has moved onto 76 in quick time. Reason: he targeted both the spinners: Will Somerville and Ajaz Patel. Especially, he has taken the attack to the opposition, stepping down the track and taking the bowlers on. This is very unlike him who has consolidated his defensive play over the years.
Great batting from Mayank Agarwal with back-to-back boundaries off Ajaz Patel. This stand between Agarwal and Iyer is fifty. Meanwhile Agarwal is slowly and steadily acing the battle with Ajaz who has been the top bowler for NZ on this pitch.
Tim Southee finished his 13th over and he has given away just 26 runs. Unlike Jamieson and Somerville, the senior Kiwi cricketer has bowled his heart out to contain India in this match.
We are back after Tea and all eyes are now on Mayank Agarwal. Good opportunity for him to turn his form around. Get some runs under his belt before South Africa tour.
Shreyas Iyer gets his first boundary after the tea break. Dives through cover and stand-in captain misfields as the ball goes through the gap between Tom Latham’s legs for a fine boundary. IND: 115/3
Mayank Agarwal (52 batting) looked good in the company of Shreyas Iyer (7 batting), who again had to come out after a top-order collapse.
India will be without the services of vice captain Ajinkya Rahane, pacer Ishant Sharma and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. All three had injured themselves on the final day of the first Test in Kanpur. Unfortunately, they haven’t recovered on time. The Wankhede Test will have a delayed start due to continuous rain for the last two days. The toss has been delayed and there will be a second inspection at 10.30 AM IST.
The toss has officially been delayed, due to wet patches on the outfield and the pitch. The run-up regions are dangerously damp and there’s an official inspection at 9:30AM IST. The second Test against New Zealand begins Friday at the Wankhede Stadium and skipper Virat Kohli runs into multiple challenges on his return to international cricket after a brief break to recover from fatigue.
Unexpected inclement weather in Mumbai is one of the major ones. As I write this, a weak sun has emerged from behind dark clouds that have hung over the city since Tuesday. The pitter-patter of incessant rain, unusual at this time of the year and a grim reminder that climate change is one of the perilous issues that threaten the planet, has stopped, but the rain-filled grey sky looks foreboding.
The monsoon-like weather may last another or a little longer according to the Met department, which has thrown the team management into turmoil about finalizing the playing XI, as Kohli admitted. The Wankhede pitch had a thickish coat of grass a few days back. That has been shaved off to stymie the threat from New Zealand’s pace bowlers. But if conditions remain overcast, India face a double whammy.
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If Mumbai’s weather suggests benefit for swing and seam, a spinner would have to be dropped to accommodate another pace bowler. Since both Bumrah and Shami are being rested, this immediately relieves a lot of pressure on the New Zealand batsmen: One spinner less to cope with, and India’s best fast bowlers absence from the attack.
On the other hand, the threat to India’s batsmen gets enhanced. Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson took 14 of the 17 Indian wickets to fall on a slow track at Kanpur in a splendid display of swing and seam bowling. Add Neil Wagner, who has been a regular wicket-taker for the past few years, in place of a spinner and the New Zealand attack becomes formidable.
How the bowling attack should be constituted compounds the problems Kohli was already facing about which batsmen to include in the playing XI. His return means one batsman has to sit out, but who would that be, has been the subject of endless speculation and debate — as much in the team management as among fans and aficionados.
Veterans Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane have been under scrutiny because of a protracted lean trot. Will one or both of them make way for younger players has been the most-asked question in the past week, especially with debutant Shreyas Iyer’s superb batting at Kanpur where he scored a century followed by a half-century.
The answer to this may well be `neither. In the absence of Rohit Sharma and K L Rahul, the team misses not just two in-form batsmen, but also their experience of playing at the highest level. Dispensing with Pujara and Rahane would expose a plethora of batsmen without sufficient experience, which could work to New Zealand’s advantage.
Dropping an opener — Mayank Agarwal most likely in the present scenario – and opening with Wriddhiman Saha or KS Bharat allows Pujara and Rahane to retain their places and, at least on paper, gives the middle order heft. Conceivably Pujara, who has opened a few times in the past, can also be pushed up the order. But there’s no doubt that Pujara and Rahane will be under enormous pressure if they play: not just for this Test, but also for selection to the forthcoming tour of South Africa.
If finalizing the batting and bowling line-ups is vexing, the onus for Kohli gets even bigger as batsman and captain. His run-making form over the past couple of years has been lukewarm. Big scores, which came in a torrent prior to 2019, have become more difficult to get. In this situation, with Rohit and Rahul missing, Kohli’s batting will be crucial and have a direct bearing on the outcome of the match.
The Kiwis survived the first Test by a whisker, but that in itself was a warning to Kohli about the need to perk his team up to win the series. Playing at home, India have a terrific record. The last series defeat was in 2012-13 to England led by Alastair Cook. For the most, visiting teams have suffered massively, often being whitewashed, as happened with New Zealand in 2016.
By staving off almost certain defeat at Kanpur, Kane Williamson’s gritty side they won’t be rolled over easily. After a highly productive run which saw them get into the final of the World Test Championship final last season, and then beat India for the title, New Zealand look a team transformed: resilient, ambitious, fiercely determined to protect, if not enhance their status in red-ball cricket.
Much of the past week has been consumed by the IPL retentions drama, obscuring the importance of this two-Test series, which is part of the next cycle of the World Test Championship for both teams. India failed to score maximum points in the first as expected. If the second opportunity is squandered too, it could come to bite later when the race for finding a place in the final hots up.
Kohli’s well-deserved rest period is over. The heat is on again!
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