New Zealand Set Daunting 540 Target

Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - New Zealand set daunting 540 target. Ajaz Patel's 14 for 225 are the best match figures against India in Test cricket.

New Zealand Set Daunting 540 TargetAjaz Patel's 14 for 225 are the best match figures against India in Test cricket.

India declared with a lead of 539 after Ajaz Patel registered the best-ever match haul of 14/225 in Tests against India.

The second session saw India press the accelerator in a bid to extend their lead. First, it was through a 72-run stand between Shumban Gill and Virat Kohli. The former though fell three short of his fifty, becoming the first wicket in Test cricket of Rachin Ravindra. It was also the first in the match by a New Zealand bowler other than Ajaz Patel.

Earlier in the day, Ajaz had picked up both the wickets to fall in the second innings as well. 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.

Shubman Gill survived a few nervous moments against the pacers' round-the-wicket short ball strategy, and along with Virat Kohli, who also survived a review for LBW began India's attack against New Zealand after the Lunch break.

All of India's batters came out with the intent of attacking, with Will Somerville bearing the brunt of their attack. Shreyas Iyer hit a couple of sixes and Axar Patel smacked four later as India pressed the lead past 500 despite losing quick wickets in the process to New Zealand's left-arm spinners.

They eventually declared when Jayant Yadav became Ajaz's 14th victim of the match. And in the short period before Tea, R Ashwin trapped Tom Latham plumb in front to cap off another dominant session for the hosts.

Brief Scores: India 325 & 276/7 (Mayank Agarwal 62, C Pujara 47; Ajaz Patel 4-106, Rachin Ravindra 3-56) lead New Zealand 62 and 13/1 (Ashwin 1-4) by 527 runs

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