Ravichandran Ashwin has bridged the gap with top-ranked Test bowler Pat Cummins after finishing with four wickets in each innings in India's 372-run victory against New Zealand.
In reply to India's 321 in the first innings, Mohammed Siraj and Ravichandran Ashwin combined for seven wickets to bowl the visitors out in 28.5 overs. New Zealand eventually lost the Test match by 372 runs and the series too.
India took just 43 minutes on Day 4 to take the final five New Zealand wickets and win the second Test match in Mumbai. For the Kiwis, the only takeaway will be Ajaz Patel's 10 wickets in the first innings. He finished the match with 14/225.
India just took less than an hour to win the Mumbai Test match on Monday. Jayant Yadav was deadly taking four wickets to hand India a 372-run win. Follow here Day 4 highlights of IND vs NZ at Wankhede Stadium.
Axar Patel has so far claimed 36 wickets in five Test matches in 2021, including five fifers and one 10-wicket haul. He is fourth in the list of highest wicket-takers this calendar year, behind Ashwin, Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali.
Chasing a massive target of 540 runs to win the second Test against India, New Zealand were 140/5 at the close of Day 3 in Mumbai. Daryl Mitchell, who so far top-scored the Kiwis in the second innings, shared his thoughts.
Ravichandran Ashwin claimed three wickets as India inched closer to a big win against New Zealand in the second Test. At the close of play on Day 3, the Kiwis were 140/5, still needing 400 runs. India declared their second innings at 276/7.
New Zealand once again fell to the spin trap of Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel on Day 3. While Ashwin did the bulk of the damage, Axar dismissed dangerous-looking Daryl Mitchell for 60. Catch the Day 3 highlights of IND vs NZ here.
At the close of play on Day 2 of the second Test, India were 69 for no loss in their second innings with Virat Kohli deciding against enforcing the follow-on in second and final Test. New Zealand were dismissed for 62.
Shreyas Iyer, who became India's 16th Test centurion on debut, entered the ICC Test Rankings in 74th position. Iyer, with 105 and 65, also became the first Indian player to slam a ton and fifty on Test debut.
New Zealand spinner Ajax Patel admitted that they were guilty of not bowling tight against India in the first Test in Kanpur. In comparison to Indian tweakers' 17 wickets, their Kiwi counterparts could manage just thee in the first Test.
India and New Zealand settled for draw after five days of thrilling contest in the first Test match at Green Park, Kanpur. Here's a look at some key facts and numbers from the match.
Head coach Rahul Dravid hailed the Indian spin trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel, but rued the lack of assistance from the pitch in Kanpur. First India vs New Zealand Test ended in a draw.
Ravichandran Ashwin (419) became India’s third-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket when he got past Harbhajan Singh (417). Former India captains Anil Kumble and Kapil Dev are first and second with 619 and 434 wickets, respectively.
Indian spinners, led by Ravindra Jadeja, put up one of their most persevering performances in recent times but Mumbai-born Ajaz Patel and Karnataka-born Rachin Ravindra defied odds to help New Zealand share the spoils in the first Test.
Needing 280 runs on the final day, New Zealand thwarted the Indian spin attack at Green Park to settle for a fascinating draw. The second match of the series will be played in Mumbai. Catch highlights of IND vs NZ, 1st Test match.
Shreyas Iyer, who scored 105 runs and 65 runs in the first Test against New Zealand, is the first Indian to score a century and fifty in a debut Test match. With the century, he became the 16th Indian batter to score a hundred on debut.
Axar Patel's five wickets against New Zealand on Day 3 turned the tide in India's favour as the Kiwis lost nine wickets for 99 runs despite having a 151-run opening wicket stand in Kanpur.
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