First rain, then Ejaz Patel’s fury, controversial decision and then Mayank Agarwal’s hundred. The first day of the ongoing Mumbai Test between India and New Zealand has been something like this, where Test cricket is back at the Wankhede Stadium after five years of superb bowling, combative batting and poor umpiring.
Batting on the first day of the second Test, which started on Friday, December 3, after the first Test was drawn in Kanpur, the Indian team scored 221 runs for the loss of four wickets. Opener Mayank Agarwal (120 not out) has taken India to this stage with a magnificent century, while the return of India captain Virat Kohli has been disappointing due to the controversial decision. At the same time, for New Zealand, left-arm spinner Ejaz Patel has shown the way to the pavilion by showing his dominance in the Indian middle order.
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Wankhede’s outfield was very wet due to two consecutive days of rain in Mumbai. It did not rain on Friday morning, but the match could not start on time due to outfield problems. The game of the first season was completely over and only after that the toss could be made. The Test was backed by the fortunes of skipper Virat Kohli, who returned to the side, and India won the toss. Kohli decided to bat first. Team India has fielded Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja for the match, who were “injured” according to the BCCI and skipper Kohli. They have been replaced by Kohli, Mohammad Siraj and Jayant Yadav in the playing XI. New Zealand have also been ruled out without captain Kane Williamson, who has been ruled out due to an elbow problem.
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