India’s top-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara was sent packing for a five-ball duck in the second Test against New Zealand at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Pujara’s place in the side was already under the scanner and the right-hander did himself no favors with his performance in the first innings. Coming in after the openers, Shubman Gill and Mayank Agarwal, had set a platform, it was the right time for Pujara to get in and defy the Kiwis.
However, his short stay at the crease was ended by Ajaz Patel, who has been New Zealand’s best bowler of the day so far. Ajaz drifted a delivery down the leg side but Pujara came down the track, something he often does against the slower bowlers.
It caused his downfall as he ran down the track far too much, yorking himself and the ball ended up crashing into his pads before ricocheting onto the stumps. It was a much-deserved reward for Ajaz whose spell has been the only positive thing for New Zealand on Friday afternoon.
Earlier, Gill was fabulous against the moving ball, blunting Kyle Jamieson in the very first over. He smashed three boundaries, showing his intent straightaway. He was well on his way to a fifty but a minor lapse in concentration saw him throw his wicket away.
On the other side, Mayank gave good company but was quite uncomfortable against the spinners, Ajaz in particular. The duo put on an 80-run partnership for the first wicket before a mini-collapse from the Indian team.