INDIA: Mayank Agarwal’s unbeaten ton helped India score 221/4 at the end of day 1. The first day of the 2nd Test match of this 2-match test series between India and New Zealand ended in 70 overs as the remaining 20 overs were washed out due to rain.
In this match, India won the toss and decided to bat first. The Indian team had 3 changes as Virat Kohli came back on the side replacing Ajinkya Rahane, Mohammad Siraj replaced Ishant Sharma whereas Jayant Yadav came in the place of Ravindra Jadeja.
New Zealand had 1 forced change as Daryl Mitchell replaces injured Kane Williamson in the team. Tom Latham was the stand-in captain in place of Kane Williamson.
Mayank Agarwal and Shubhman Gill gave India a solid start
Indian openers Mayank Agarwal and Shubhman Gill started the Indian innings on a good note. Both Shubhman Gill and Mayank Agarwal added 80 runs for the opening wicket.
Shubhman Gill got out after scoring 44 runs off 71 deliveries which included 7 fours and 1 six. After the wicket of Gill, the Indian team had a sudden collapse as they lost 2 more wickets without adding any run.
India lost 3 quick wickets
Cheteshwar Pujara got out on a duck. After the fall of Pujara, Virat Kohli also got out controversially. Virat Kohli was given out LBW and he took the review and during the review, it was clearly shown that the ball hit the bat first but because of the lack of conclusive evidence, the decision remained unchanged and Virat Kohli got out for a duck as well.
India was struggling at 80/3 when Shreyash Iyer joined Mayank Agarwal in the middle. Mayank Agarwal reached his fifty just before tea.
After tea, Shreyash Iyer and Mayank Agarwal continued their partnership. The duo added 80 runs for the 4th wicket. Shreyash Iyer got out after scoring 18 runs off 41 deliveries which included 3 fours and India was 160/4 after 47.4 overs.
Wriddhiman Saha joined Mayank Agarwal in the middle after the fall of Shreyash Iyer. Mayank Agarwal brought up his 4 test century with a beautiful drive through the covers. At the end of day 1, India was 221/4 in 70 overs. Mayank Agarwal remained unbeaten on 120 whereas Wriddhiman Saha remained unbeaten on 25.
For New Zealand, Ajaz Patel bowled brilliantly as he picked up all 4 wickets.