This is also incidentally India’s biggest ever win in a Test match by runs.
New Zealand, who are also the number one ranked Test team in the world (before this series began) were beaten all hands down, despite a historic performance by left arm spinner Ajaz Patel.
Here are the key highlights of the second Test in 6 quick points:
1. Mayank Agarwal’s splendid 150 and Axar Patel‘s fifty in India first innings: The India first innings would have looked very different had it not been for the efforts of the likes of Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill and Axar Patel. Mayank stood the tallest scoring a splendid and much needed (for himself and the team) 150 off 311 balls, with 17 fours and four sixes. Shubman Gill made 44 off 71 balls, while Axar Patel showed why he can be a very valuable all-rounder, scoring 52 off 128 balls, with five fours and one six. Between Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Wriddhiman Saha and R Ashwin, India scored a total of just 45 runs. Agarwal, Gill and Patel’s contributions were priceless.
2. Ajaz Patel’s historic 10 wickets in an innings effort: 33 year old Kiwi left arm spinner Ajaz Patel became just the third bowler in the history of Test cricket to take all 10 wickets in an innings. With this he joined a very elite club, which previously had only Jim Laker (10-53 vs Australia in 1956) and Anil Kumble (10-74 vs Pakistan in 1999). Patel bowled 47.5 overs and took all 10 Indian wickets. Five other Kiwi bowlers bowled a total of 62 overs between them and couldn’t take a single wicket
India and New Zealand cricketers after the second Test in Mumbai. (AFP Photo)
3. India bowlers on the money in NZ first innings: It was a complete bowling performance by the Indian bowlers in the New Zealand first innings. Barring Umesh Yadav, all the other Indian bowlers used were amongst the wickets. Mohammed Siraj, back from an injury was the pick of the pacers, taking 3-19 in 4 overs, Axar Patel took 2-14, R Ashwin, as usual was brilliant, taking 4 wickets for 8 runs in 8 overs. Jayant Yadav pitched in with 1-13
4. New Zealand 62 all out in their first innings: That bowling performance meant that the New Zealand first innings was done and dusted for just 62 in just 28.1 overs. This was the 48th lowest total ever in Test cricket history. And from here on, it was India’s game completely. A follow on decision was there on the table, but with a lot of time left in the game, it was a no brainer that India would bat again and bat the Kiwis out of the match
India cricketers after winning the second Test in Mumbai. (AFP Photo)
5. India second innings batting: And when they did that, Mayank Agarwal led the way again, scoring 62. Pujara and Gill both made 47, Virat Kohli made 36. Axar Patel stood out with the bat again, scoring a quickfire 41* off 26 balls, as India declared their second innings at 276-7, setting a mammoth and improbable 540 run target for the Kiwis.
6. India bowlers dominating again in NZ second innings: The Indian bowlers were on the money once again in the Kiwi second innings. The tourists were 5 down by the end of Day 3, at 140-5 and then the Indian bowlers, led by Jayant Yadav ran through the remaining Kiwi wickets in quick time on Day 4 in less than an hour in the first session. The Kiwis could add just 27 runs to their overnight score and were bundled out for 167, in the early Wankhede conditions, to hand India a huge 372 run win and with it a 1-0 series win. Jayant Yadav took 4-49 in the Kiwi second innings, R Ashwin took 4-34, Axar Patel finished with 1-42 in the Kiwi second innings.
India head coach Rahul Dravid, after the win, spoke about how the scoreline might suggest a one sided win, but the hosts had to put in a lot of hard work and fight to clinch this series win.