Centurion Agarwal leads India’s fight against New Zealand

Centurion Agarwal leads India’s fight against New Zealand

Cricket – Second One Day International – Australia v India – Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia – November 29, 2020 Mayank Agarwal of India retires after being fired by Pat Cummins of Australia REUTERS / Loren Elliott

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MUMBAI, Dec 3 (Reuters) – India starter Mayank Agarwal reached one hundred to rescue the hosts after New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel put them in a pain point with three fast windows on the first day of the day . second and last test on Friday.

Agarwal remained undefeated at 120 after completing his fourth test of one hundred to help India reach 221 by four wickets on stumps with wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha keeping him company at the 25th no at Wankhede Stadium.

Mumbai-born Patel, whose parents emigrated to New Zealand in 1996, collected all four plots on a track helping spinners finish in figures of four for 73.

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After the first session was knocked out due to a wet outfield, Agarwal and Shubman Gill gave their team a solid start with a starting position of 80 following Captain Virat Kohli’s decision to hit after winning the toss.

Patel gave New Zealand the breakthrough by ruling out Gill for 44 as the batter went ahead to a single slip delivery.

Patel, 33, returned on his next shift to fire Cheteshwar Pujara and Kohli before they opened their accounts, much to the disappointment of the few hundred present on the ground overlooking the Arabian Sea.

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Kohli, who came back aside to lead India after having rested for the three-match Twenty20 series and the first test in Kanpur, reviewed the stage before the wicket decision to no avail and walked away after a talk with the referees. in the countryside.

The television replays were inconclusive in showing whether he had hit the ball before Patel’s delivery hit his pad.

From 80 to no losses, India dropped to 80-3 and left Agarwal and Shreyas Iyer, who made a dream test debut in Kanpur with a first inning of 105 followed by a crucial 65 in the second, to launch the game. counterattack. for the hosts.

The duo added 80 for the fourth wicket to rebuild innings before Iyer dropped at 18 to become Patel’s fourth scalp.

“Obviously this is what dreams are made of,” Patel told reporters. “So being here (in Mumbai) and going out and picking up four wickets on the first day, it’s pretty special.

“At the same time, the work is half done, so we have to make sure we get there tomorrow and then work hard for the last six wickets.”

CENTURY ‘EXTRA SPECIAL’

The layoff brought Agarwal and Saha together and the pair challenged New Zealand bowlers for the remainder of the day with an unbroken association of 61.

Daryl Mitchell took Agarwal to three figures and the 30-year-old leapt and punched the air to celebrate his first try of a hundred since scoring a career-best 243 against Bangladesh in 2019.

The right-hander hit 14 fours and four sixes on his hit.

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“It’s an amazing feeling to have a century in test cricket and doing it at Wankhede is very special,” Agarwal said. “It’s going to be very important, how we start (tomorrow) is crucial, that’s the focus.

“The first session we want to play, the wicket will get harder and harder to hit.”

Both sides suffered injuries before the test and the tourists lost Captain Kane Williamson to an elbow problem, while the hosts lost Ajinkya Rahane, who led the team in Kanpur in the absence of Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja and Ishant Sharma.

The opening test ended in an exciting draw, with New Zealand’s last hitting pair in the final session to deny the hosts a victory.

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Sudipto Ganguly Report; Edited by Rohith Nair

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