India thrash New Zealand by 372 runs

Wednesday 08th December 2021 08:43 EST

India thrashed New Zealand by 372 runs in the second Test at the Wankhede stadium, with the spinners wrapping up proceedings early on the fourth day. The hosts have clinched the two-Test series 1-0. Off spinners Ashwin and Jayant Yadav took four wickets each as the Kiwis folded up for 167 in their second innings. Ashiwn finished with 8 wickets in the match, becoming the Indian bowler to pick up more than 50 wickets in a calendar year for the fourth times.

Indian opener Mayank Agarwal top scored in both the innings with 150 and 62 and was adjudged the 'Player of the Match'. But the Wankhede Test will be remembered more for the heroics of New Zealand left arm spinner Ajaz Patel. He grabbed all the 10 Indian wickets in the first innings, becoming only the third bowler in Test history to do so. He also picked up 4 wickets in the second innings.

The Indian bowlers too had a good outing in a pitch that had turn and abrupt bounce. Left arm spinner Axar Patel had a nice outing in the first innings. Pacer Mohammed Siraj too bowled with a lot of fire. India's victory margin of 372 runs against the world Test champions is its highest ever. With a few young players coming into good form, they look ahead to the coming tour of South Africa with a lot of confidence.

New Zealand, who doggedly hung on for a draw in the opening match of the two-test series, were undone by their batting after Ajaz's heroics. They collapsed to 62 all out in their first innings and were never in the chase against India's spin force.

Daryl Mitchell, who top-scored with 60, was the only bit of resistance for the tourists during his fourth-wicket stand of 73 with Nicholls on Sunday. Ajaz whose name went up on the Wankhede honours board on Saturday after his perfect 10, stood out with match figures of 14-225 – the best ever by a bowler against India. His 14 wickets against India surpassed England fast bowler Ian Botham's 13-106 in Mumbai in 1980.

New Zealand's stand-in skipper Tom Latham said their first-innings collapse was fatal for the tourists, but added he was taking the positives. "If you take the first innings out of it, then obviously it's a little bit of a different story," said Latham, who took over as captain from the injured Kane Williamson.

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