The second day of decision-making in the India-New Zealand test series went to the home team. Virat Kohli and his men dominated the Blackcaps in Mumbai and will embark on the third day with a huge lead of 332 races.
Of the New Zealand team, Ajaz Patel was the only player to succeed at Wankhede Stadium. He broke many records on the way to his 10 wicket catches in the first innings.
Although Ajaz’s performance was remarkable, there were other interesting statistics that emerged on the second day of the Mumbai Test match. Here is a list of the top five stats of the day.
# 1 Mayank Agarwal becomes the second Indian to score three 150 in World Test Championship matches
Opener Mayank Agarwal finished his 150 in the first innings during the opening session of the second day in Mumbai. He thus became the fourth hitter to register three or more 150s at the World Test Championships.
Joe Root registered four 150-runs, while Rohit Sharma and Marnus Labuschagne touched the 150-run mark three times in WTC matches.
# 2 Cheteshwar Pujara opens inings in cricket test for the first time in six years
Shubman Gill suffered an injury during New Zealand’s first changes in Mumbai. Since Gill could not recover in time to open the second inning, India promoted Cheteshwar Pujara.
He opened innings with Mayanka Agarwal and added 69 runs for the first wicket. Fans should note that Pujara last opened the innings in Tests in 2015, when he scored a hundred against Sri Lanka.
# 3 New Zealand recorded the lowest total number of tests in India
The combined efforts of Mohammad Siraj, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jayant Yadav and Axar Patel ensured that New Zealand succeeded with just 62 runs in their first substitutions at Wankhede Stadium.
The Blackcaps set a new record for the lowest total number of teams in test matches on Indian soil. The previous low was 75 by India against the West Indies in 1987.
# 4 New Zealand registered the lowest total number of tests against India
New Zealand also recorded the lowest overall team score against India in cricket test history.
South Africa was knocked out by 79 in Nagpur 2015. The Proteas no longer hold the unwanted record thanks to the Blackcaps.
# 5 Ravichandran Ashwin breaks the ten-year record of Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh hit the 4/10 dream spell in a 2010 test against South Africa in Kingsmead. The non-spinner broke Ravi Shastri’s record for the least number of runs that the Indian spinner received for a four-pass draw in the Tests in that match.
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But Harbhajan’s record has now been broken by Ravichandran Ashwin. The all-rounder hit a sensational 4/8 spell to stun Blackcapse in Mumbai. He took the wickets of William Somerville, Tim Southee, Tom Blundell and Henry Nicholls in his spell eight over.
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