New Zealand's Ajaz Patel becomes third man to take 10-wicket haul in Tests but India still in control

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  • Ajaz Patel
    Ajaz Patel
    New Zealand cricketer
  • Axar Patel
    Axar Patel
    Indian cricketer
  • Ravichandran Ashwin
    Ravichandran Ashwin
    Indian cricket player
  • Anil Kumble
    Anil Kumble
    Former Indian cricketer
New Zealand's Ajaz Patel celebrates the dismissal of India's Mohammed Siraj during the day two of their second test cricket match with India in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021 - New Zealand's Ajaz Patel just third man to take 10-wicket haul in Tests but India remain in command - AP
New Zealand's Ajaz Patel celebrates the dismissal of India's Mohammed Siraj during the day two of their second test cricket match with India in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021 - New Zealand's Ajaz Patel just third man to take 10-wicket haul in Tests but India remain in command - AP

Fast bowler Mohammed Siraj's fiery opening spell put India in command of the second and final Test against New Zealand on Saturday in Mumbai despite a heroic 10-wicket haul in the first innings from the touring side's left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel.

The Mumbai-born Ajaz joined England off-spinner Jim Laker and India leg-spinner Anil Kumble to become only the third in international cricket to take all wickets in an innings but could not stop India from getting to 325.

In reply, the touring side were tottering at 38 for six at the tea interval.

On a pitch offering plenty of assistance to the spin bowlers, Siraj bowled with aggression and pace to send back New Zealand's stand-in captain Tom Latham, Will Young and the experienced Ross Taylor to reduce them to 17-3.

India's spinners - Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin and Jayant Yadav - then each chipped in with a wicket each to leave New Zealand reeling and staring at the prospect of a follow-on.

The hosts' first innings total was built on a stroke-filled 150 from opening batter Mayank Agarwal.

Resuming on 221 for four, India lost two early wickets to Ajaz but kept accumulating runs on the second day of the Test at the ground overlooking the Arabian Sea.

In his first over of the day the 33-year-old Ajaz, whose family immigrated to New Zealand in 1996, dismissed Wriddhiman Saha to complete his third five-wicket haul in a Test innings and then had Ashwin bowled on his next delivery.

All-rounder Axar denied Ajaz the hat-trick and then combined in a 67-run stand for the seventh wicket with Agarwal to keep India on course towards a sizeable total.

The right-handed Agarwal, who hit 17 fours and four sixes, reached 150 with a cut shot off Ajaz but was caught behind on the next delivery. Axar was dismissed for 52 after notching up his maiden Test half-century.

New Zealand's Ajaz Patel bows on the field after taking wicket of India's Ravichandran Ashwin during the day two of their second test cricket match with India in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021 - AP
New Zealand's Ajaz Patel bows on the field after taking wicket of India's Ravichandran Ashwin during the day two of their second test cricket match with India in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021 - AP

Ajaz finished with figures of 10-119 and walked off to a standing ovation from the sparse crowd and the Indian dressing room.

The opening Test in Kanpur ended in a thrilling draw, with New Zealand's last batting pair hanging on in the final session to deny India victory.

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