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India v NZ 2nd Test: Agarwal, Patel star on truncated opening day

Ajaz Patel
Ajaz Patel takes four today
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Mayank Agarwal 4th Test 100 in 196 balls
Mayank Agarwal 4th Test 100 in 196 balls
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India ended the first day's play of the second Test at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai at a strong score of 221 for four.

The hero of a rain-curtailed opening day was opener Mayank Agarwal who top-scored with an unbeaten 120 after India opted to bat after winning the toss.

India openers Agarwal and Shubman Gill started off strongly adding 80 for opening wicket. The two began the innings after the entire first session was ruled out due to a wet outfield. Gill was the first to fall for 44.

The innings slipped from 80 for no loss to 80 for three. Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara and captain Virat Kohli fell in the quick succession. Kohli's dismissal was controversial as the replays showed that the bat and pad were struck at the same time.

Agarwal took charge of the innings as he added 80 for the fourth wicket with Shreyas Iyer. The innings stabilised but then Iyer fell soon after.

Thereafter, Agarwal continued his fine form as he joined forces with wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha. The Agarwal-Saha pair added 61 for an unbroken fifth wicket stand.

The hero for New Zealand in their bowling line-up was left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel (4-73).

India made three changes to their line-up with Ishant Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja and Ajinkya Rahane getting ruled out with injuries. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was also ruled out with an injury.

India brought in captain Kohli, Mohammed Siraj and Jayant Yadav. Williamson's place was taken by Daryl Mitchell.

Match Summary
India 1st Innings: 221-4 (70)
Fall of wickets: 1-80 (Shubman Gill-27.3 ov), 2-80 (Cheteshwar Pujara-29.2 ov), 3-80 (Virat Kohli-29.6 ov), 4-160 (Shreyas Iyer-47.4 ov)

End of Day One: India still have six wickets in hand

Mayank Agarwal addressed a virtual press conference after Day 1 of the second Test against New Zealand

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Scorecard

Playing XIs
India: Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Shreyas Iyer, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Jayant Yadav, Axar Patel, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj

New Zealand: Will Young, Tom Latham (captain), Daryl Mitchell, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell (wicket-keeper), Rachin Ravindra, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Will Somerville, Ajaz Patel

Match details
Toss: India, elected to bat
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Start time: 0930 hrs India time
Match officials: Anil Chaudhary, Nitin Menon (On-field umpires); Virender Sharma (TV Umpire); KN Ananthapadmanabhan (Reserve Umpire); Javagal Srinath (Match-referee)