India have retained the No. 3 spot in the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) 2021-23 points table after successfully winning the second Test match of the two-match Test series against Tom Latham-led New Zealand National Cricket Team by 372 runs on Monday, December 6 at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
This was India’s biggest ever win in terms of runs in the history of Test cricket. Also, India have won the 2-match Test series by 1-0 as the first match between the teams at Green Park, Kanpur ended in a draw.
Talking about the match, Day 1 of the second Test started very late due to the wet ground. India won the toss and opted to bat first and the opening duo of Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill performed well and added 80 runs. However, after Gill got out India faced a batting collapse as Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli got out on duck and Shreyas Iyer was dismissed on 18. Also, Kiwi Spinner Ajaz Patel was the bowler who dismissed all 4 Indian batters on Day 1. Then Mayank Agarwal smashed a sensational century and Wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha provided good support and India ended the day with 221 runs at the loss of 4 wickets.
Day 2 of the Mumbai Test was dominated by the Indian team but it saw history being created by New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel who became the third bowler in 144 years of the history of Test cricket to bag 10 wickets in an innings. The star performer from India in the first innings was Mayank Agarwal who smashed 150 runs and Axar Patel who scored his maiden half-century to help India post 325 runs on the board.
When New Zealand came out to bat in the first innings batters didn’t look comfortable and every batter was seen struggling against the Indian bowling unit. Pacer Mohammed Siraj picked 3 wickets under 6 overs and then spinners Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel and Jayant Yadav joined the party and New Zealand were bundled out at 62.
Despite having a good lead India didn’t impose follow-on and they decided to bat and Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara opened the innings and at Stumps India were at 69/0.
The Day 3 of the match saw a good batting display from the Indian top-order batting unit. As Mayank Agarwal smashed an amazing half-century and Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli all contributed good runs. All-rounder Axar Patel played a cameo knock of 41 and India decided to declare at 276/7 and with 539 runs lead. Also, Ajaz Patel and Rachin Ravindra picked wickets for New Zealand in the second innings and Ajaz Patel had the bowling figure of 14/225 in the match.
Chasing the mammoth 540-run target only Daryl Mitchell and Henry Nicholls performed well and at Stumps New Zealand were at 140/5. On Day 4 Indian spinner Jayant Yadav shined and the Black Caps were bundled out at 167 runs.
ICC World Test Championship 2021-23: Updated Points Table After 2nd Test Between India And New Zealand:
India after winning the 2-match Test series against New Zealand are placed No.3 in the ICC World Test Championship 2021-23 standings with 58.33 percentage points and New Zealand are placed 6th with 16.66 percentage points.
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