India register biggest Test win and seal 14th straight home Test series victory

Brief scorecard: India 325/10 (Mayank Agarwal 150, Axar Patel 52; Ajaz Patel 10/119) and 276/7 declared (Agarwal 62, Shubman Gill 47, Cheteshwar Pujara 47; Ajaz Patel 4/106, Rachin Ravindra 3/56) beat New Zealand 62/10 (Kyle Jamieson 17; Ravichandran Ashwin 4/8, Mohammed Siraj 3/19) and 167/10 (Daryl Mitchell 60, Henry Nicholls 44; Ashwin 4/34, Jayant Yadav 4/49) by 372 runs

Statistical highlights of India vs New Zealand 2nd Test 2021

  • India wrapped up a 372-run win in the second Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai to seal the two-match Test series 1-0 against New Zealand.
  • It was their biggest margin of victory and New Zealand’s biggest defeat in Tests.
  • It was India’s 14th consecutive home Test series win, having last been beaten by England in 2012.
  • The Test win was India’s 22nd against New Zealand in 62 meetings between the teams, and their 17th against the same opposition on home soil.
  • New Zealand were skittled out for 167 in their second innings early on day four after being set a target of 540.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin (4 for 34) and Jayant Yadav (4 for 49), who was playing his first Test match for India since 2016, shared eight wickets between them as they made the most of the fizz and steep bounce of the Wankhede pitch to trouble New Zealand batsmen.
  • While the visitors had a forgettable Test match, their lead spinner Ajaz Patel had a memorable outing with the ball as became just the third bowler, after Jim Laker and Anil Kumble, in 144 years of Test cricket to pick a 10-wicket haul in an innings. His first-innings figures were 47.5-12-119-10 as he displayed impressive control over his length, line and release to outfox some of the better players of spin.
  • The left-arm spinner went on to rack up more significant records as he recorded overall match figures of 73.5-15-225-14, the best for any bowler against India. Ajaz bettered Ian Botham’s haul of 13 for 106 against India in 1980.
  • It is also the second-best bowling figures in a Test by a New Zealand player, after Richard Hadlee’s 15-wicket haul.
  • Ajaz’s incredible achievement was overshadowed by New Zealand’s batting collapse as India bowled them out for 62 in the first innings—their lowest total against India (93 was their previous-lowest, coming in Hamilton in 2002) and their sixth-worst overall.
  • Seamer Kyle Jamieson top-scored with 17, while stand-in captain Tom Latham (10) was the only other batsman to get into double figures as the Indian bowlers, led by Ashwin (4 for 8) and Mohammed Siraj (3 for 19), ran amok.
  • India opener Mayank Agarwal, who has had a lean 12 months with the bat, made a solid, impactful hundred (150 off 311 balls) in India’s first innings. It was more of a return to familiar territory for Agarwal, who dominated New Zealand’s spinners and was in almost complete control against the seam and swing of the seamers on a lively day one pitch.
  • He went on to bat for seven hours and twelve minutes and was the seventh Indian batsman to be dismissed just after he brought up his third 150 and the fourth hundred overall in Test cricket.
  • Agarwal followed his first-innings century with his fifth Test half-century (62) in India’s second innings, while sharing a 100-run first-wicket partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara, who opened the batting for India in Tests for the first time since his unbeaten 145 against Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) in Colombo in 2015. Agarwal was named the man-of-the-match.
  • Ashwin finished the series with 14 wickets and was named the man-of-the-series for the ninth time in his career, two behind Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan, who has bagged the most man-of-the-series awards (11).
  • Captaining India for the 66th time in Test cricket, Virat Kohli secured his 39th win.