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Cricket-India still goes through with big totals as Ajaz loses six

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FILE PHOTO: Cricket – ICC World Test Championship Finals – New Zealand Match – Rose Bowl, Southampton, England – June 17, 2021 Ajaz Patel of New Zealand during practice Action Images via Reuters / John Sibley / File Photo

December 4, 2021

By Sudipto Ganguly

MUMBAI (Reuters) – New Zealand runner Ajaz Patel completed the five-stroke stage but India continued to accrue runs in their first inning on day two of the second and final test. at Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.

Continuing into 221 with four goals, the hosts lost to Mumbai-born Ajaz by two goals early but brought the total to 285 for six goals by Monday’s lunch on the grounds overlooking the Arabian Sea.

Mayank Agarwal added 26 to his score overnight to stay undefeated on 146 with the almighty Axar Patel helping him to go with 32 not out.

On his first day, 33-year-old Patel, whose family immigrated to New Zealand in 1996, eliminated Wriddhiman Saha’s front foot before going against 27 to complete his third shot in one turn. in tests.

Ravichandran Ashwin was knocked out on the next serve to give the left-hander his best bowling numbers in the format as India were reduced to 224-6.

Axar denied Ajaz’s hat-trick and then banded together in 61 non-stop runs for a seventh hit with Agarwal to keep India going for big sums on a track that provides support for the cameraman.

Agarwal hit 16 fourths and four sixths on his stroke and looked reassured in the duel against Ajaz, who led 6-103, not finding much support from the other New Zealand players. .

The opening test in Kanpur ended in a tight draw, with New Zealand’s final batting pair hanging in the final session to deny India victory.

(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; editing by Shri Navaratnam)

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