New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel is on a roll in Mumbai, his city of birth, as he has taken all 6 Indian wickets so far in India‘s first innings. The latest one to get out is R Ashwin, who was left confused by a terrific turning delivery which handed the batsman a golden duck.
From round the wicket angle, Ajaz Patel tossed up the ball nicely. The ball drifted into Ashwin with slow pace, pitched on full length at middle and leg which brought the batsman leaning forward with a defensive stroke. However, upon pitching, the ball turned big, and beating Ashwin’s outside edge it kissed the off-stump.
Wicket-keeper Tom Latham and Ajaz Patel went up in delight straightaway. A confused Ashwin signalled for the review – thinking he was given out caught behind and didn’t realize that he’d been bowled!
Ashwin stood their for a while before his partner Mayank Agarwal suggested that he had been cleaned up. It was really a beauty from Ajaz.
Ajaz Patel bags 6 as India stutter
Things have gone exactly as hoped for by New Zealand in the first half-hour of Day 2 as Ajaz Patel struck twice in two balls – Wriddhiman Saha was given out lbw while R Ashwin was castled by a terrific delivery.
Patel completed his five-wicket haul with Saha’s wicket, and became the first New Zealand spinner to take a five-wicket haul in 1st Innings of a Test in India; the previous best was Jeetan Patel, who registered 4/100 at Hyderabad in 2012.
At the time of writing, India are 239/6. India’s hopes of crossing 300 and beyond are pinned on centurion Mayank Agarwal.