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Day 2: India fight back after Ajaz Patel creates history

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Ajaz Patel picked up a magnificent 10 wicket haul in a single innings.

Sadly, the New Zealand batters spoiled his performance as the whole team was dismissed for just 62 runs giving a lead of 263 runs to the Indian team.

India    1st innings   325 all-out

Agarwal 150 (311)            A. Patel 10-119                                                                                                               Axar        52  (128)

New Zealand  1st innings   62 all-out

Jamieson 17 (36)       Ashwin 4-8                                                                                                                        Latham    10 (14)       Siraj      3-19

India       2nd innings     69-0

Agarwal  38*(75)                                                                                                                                                     Pujara     29*(51)

India started their innings from 221-4 but Ajaz Patel struck early on picking up the back-to-back wickets of Saha and Ashwin.

He was on a hat-trick at that stage.

Saha was dismissed after adding just two runs in his previous night score of 25.

Axar Patel and Mayank Agarwal built up another important partnership for team India.

Agarwal became the 7th scalp of Ajaz Patel as he got out after just completing his 150.

Axar Patel scored a crucial half-century but India was bowled out on 325 runs by only one bowler, Ajaz Patel who picked up all the 10 wickets.

The New Zealand batting lineup failed badly against the brilliant bowling attack of team India as they were done and dusted on just 62 runs.

The Indian bowlers destroyed the Kiwi batting lineup in just less than 29 overs.

India didn’t force the follow-on and they decided to bat again. 

Due to the finger injury to Gill, Pujara came to open the innings with Agarwal and both of them played superbly and put 69 runs on the board without losing their wickets.

India has a lead of 332 runs with still 10 wickets in hand. 

Ajaz Patel’s Historic performance

Ajaz Patel made history for New Zealand today as he became only 3rd bowler in the history of Test cricket to pick up a 10 wicket haul in a single innings of a Test match.

He joined the illustrious company of Jim Laker and Anil Kumble.

Patel was outstanding with the ball and broke many records with his unbelievable bowling today.

Here are some of the records broken by him.

Best bowling figures in an innings by a visiting spinner in India:

10-119 Ajaz Patel 2021*

8-50 Nathan Lyon 2017

8-215 Jason Krejza 2008

Best bowling figures in a single Test innings against India:

10-119 Ajaz Patel, Mumbai 2021*

9-95 Jack Noreiga, Port of Spain 1971

Best Bowling figures by a New Zealand bowler:

10-119 Ajaz Patel v India 2021*

9-52 Richard Hadlee v Australia 1985

Outstanding bowling performance from India

The Indian bowlers just outclassed the New Zealand batting lineup.

New Zealand had the upper hand due to Ajaz Patel’s bowling spell but the great bowling performance from the Indian bowlers put India in a match-winning situation.

Siraj made a good come back picking up 3 wickets in the start.

Ashwin also bowled beautifully and grabbed 4 wickets for 8 runs.

New Zealand was all out for just 62 runs and it was the lowest team total against India in Tests. 

Lowest totals against India in Test cricket 
62 New Zealand, Mumbai 2021*
79 South Africa, Nagpur 2015
81 England, Ahmedabad 2021
82 Sri Lanka, Chandigarh 1990

Lowest totals for New Zealand v India in Tests
62 at Mumbai 2021*
94 at Hamilton 2002
100 at Wellington 1981
101 at Auckland 1968

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‘Ye toh Mohammad Kaif 2.0 nikla’ – Fans react as Brendon McCullum accepts series defeat against India and claim themselves to be better than they were in 2022

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Brendon McCullum has reacted to England’s performance in the ongoing series against India. The visiting side are currently trailing 1-3 in the series after the conclusion of the 4th Test in Ranchi. With the fifth Test set to happen in Dharamshala, England have lost the series by all means. They do have a chance to end the series on a high note by winning the last Test.

After the loss against India in the 4th Test, McCullum was in the press conference. He claimed that they are a better side than they were 18 months ago. Brendon acknowledged the fact that they lost the series against India and could not win in the Ashes. He felt that given the way England is playing, there is a good chance of them doing special things in the next 18 months in Test cricket.

“We’ve lost this series and we didn’t win the Ashes, but we’re a better cricket team than we were 18 months ago and we’ve got an opportunity in the next 18 months to do some pretty special shitz. I’m fizzing for it, to be honest,” said McCullum as he was hopeful of a bright future for England in Tests. It is true that England were not as competitive under Joe Root as they are under Ben Stokes.

Improved competitiveness of England

While Root’s tenure was good before the pandemic, the team struggled under his captaincy. 2021 and early 2020 were the years when England was demoralised. They lost in India 1-3 and trailed 1-2 at home against the same opponent. For the first time in over 20 years, NZ beat England in Tests in their own backyard. In 2022, England lost the Ashes 0-4 away from home.

They also lost to the West Indies 0-1 which acted as a final nail in the coffin of Root’s leadership. However, things have changed drastically under Stokes and McCullum. They won the series against New Zealand at home and clean-swept Pakistan in their own backyard. They drew the Ashes 2-2 and drew the series against NZ 1-1 before losing the series against India.

Here’s how the fans reacted to the statement of Brendon McCullum –

 

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WATCH: IShowSpeed reacts to Virat Kohli becoming father for 2nd time

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IShowSpeed took to his YouTube channel and reacted to Virat Kohli becoming the father for the 2nd time in his life. The popular YouTuber is known to be a fan of Virat in cricket. He claimed that the Indian batter got twins. In the video which has gone viral on the internet, Speed was seen reacting to the announcement of the star couple. He was visibly excited about seeing the good news.

Speed claimed that Akaay and Vamika are twins. The fan of the Indian batter claimed that the son of Virat should have been named as ‘Virat Kohli Jr’. He went on to add that Akaay could become a young GOAT. Seeing the announcement video, the popular YouTuber claimed that he would still call Akaay as ‘Virat Kohli Jr’.

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He got twins!! Virat Kohli got twins!! Vamika and Akaay! Akaay about to be a young GOAT. He should have been named to Virat Kohli Jr, I’m still going to call him Kohli Jr bro,” said I Show Speed in his video. The fans are in bits after seeing the video of the YouTuber and said that he is too funny. The way Speed calls Virat was mocked by the fans on social media.

The family of Virat Kohli

Virat has a big family. While his father died when he was playing a Ranji Trophy game in the 2000s, he has a brother and mother. In 2017, Virat married Anushka which became a sensation. The star couple has been the talk of the town since then. In 2021, Virat and Anushka were blessed with their first child. The duo named her as ‘Vamika‘.

Earlier this year, Virat took a leave during the series against England. The fans were not sure of the reason behind the move of the batter that he even could not attend the Ram Mandir inaugural ceremony. Earlier this month, the fans got to know that the couple became the parents for the 2nd time. Anushka and Virat posted a joint statement where they declared to be parents and announced ‘Akaay’ to the world.

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Fans troll Ajinkya Rahane for his poor form in Ranji Trophy 2024

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Fans trolled Ajinkya Rahane for his poor form in the ongoing Ranji Trophy 2024 for Mumbai. The experienced batter has been going through a lean patch in the ongoing tournament and has not been able to contribute to the team in any capacity. It has frustrated the fans to the core who want to see him back in the Indian team.

In the WTC 2023 final, Rahane last appeared for India. Although he was impressive with a score of 90 in the first innings and a 30 odd in the second innings, Rahane was not picked for the series following it. India seems to have moved on from him, as the experienced batter did not feature in the series against the West Indies, South Africa, and England.

However, the fans were angry with the fact that the star batter was left out of the series. The furious nature of the fans led them to claim that the right-handed batter would certainly return to the Indian squad by performing in the Ranji Trophy 2024 for Mumbai. But it does not seem to be a good tournament with the bat for Rahane, who has struggled to score a single hundred for Mumbai.

Poor performance in the quarterfinal against Baroda

His struggles in the Ranji Trophy continued even in the quarterfinal match against Baroda. Batting first, Mumbai scored 384 runs. Rahane was poor with the bat again as he was dismissed for just 3(13). His dismissal paved the way for the great innings of the U19 World Cup 2024 hero Musheer Khan, who scored a double hundred and shined with the bat. He did not have a good 2nd inning either.

As Baroda replied with a score of 348 runs, Mumbai got off to a decent start before Rahane got a chance to bat for the 2nd time. In the 2nd inning, he had a worse outing. The 35-year-old registered a 4-ball duck and became the scapegoat of the anger of the fans. The Mumbai batter has been trolled on social media by the fans, who believe that his time is up in cricket.

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