Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Ajaz takes two more but India push lead past 400. Mayank holed out in the deep soon after scoring his half-century,
Mayank holed out in the deep soon after scoring his half-century,
Ajaz Patel continued to be the lone wicket-taker for New Zealand, picking up both the openers, but only after India drove home their advantage.
Starting the day with an overall lead of 332, both Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara raced away at the start of the day hitting as many as five boundaries in the first four overs. Pujara was happy to whip Ajaz through midwicket while Mayank preferred to drive or loft him over cover.
Mayank survived a LBW call against Tim Southee with the help of a review and soon got to a fifty in the following over with a neat six off Ajaz. The 100-run partnership soon followed, with both batters now looking to up the ante further.
In the process of taking on Ajaz, Mayank offered a sharp return catch which was put down, but he offered another soon after while trying to repeat a lofted four on the offside. He ended up presenting an easy catch to long off, falling for 62.
Pujara, nearing his half-century, got a slice of luck when he was adjudged LBW against Ajaz but reviewed it and found that the ball tracker predicted that it was bouncing over the stumps. That luck was short-lived though, as Ajaz got him in the following over for 47 with Ross Taylor taking a sharp, low chance at first slip off an outside edge.
Shubman Gill survived a few nervous moments against the pacers' round-the-wicket short ball strategy, and along with Virat Kohli remained unbeaten as India went into the break with the lead crossing 400.
Brief Scores: India 325 & 142/2 (Mayank Agarwal 62, C Pujara 47; Ajaz Patel 2-77) lead New Zealand 62 all out by 405 runs