India dominated the Day 2 play and lead by 332 runs at stumps. Mayank Agarwal (38*) and Cheteshwar Pujara (29*) went onto stitch a half-century partnership and ended the day at 69/0. Pujara opened the batting instead of Shubman Gill and gave a steady start to team India. Indian skipper Virat Kohli had the option of enforcing the Kiwis to follow-on, but he had another idea. Earlier, Indian bowlers bundled out the Kiwis for just 62, the lowest score by any opponent against India.
Kiwi spinner Ajaz Patel achieved one of the rarest feats after he took all 10 wickets of team India. Ajaz bowled out India for 325. Ajaz Patel became only the third player in the history of Test cricket to scalp 10 wickets in an innings. Ajaz joined England’s Jim Laker and Indian legendary spinner Anil Kumble to dismiss 10 opposition players in an innings. Agarwal finished as the top scorer for India with 150 runs. Axar Patel (52) played a fighting knock to score his maiden half-century.
Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj initiated the collapse by dismissing the New Zealand top-order. Siraj bagged in-form Tom Latham (10) and Will Young (4) in the same over. In his very next over, Siraj delivered a ripper to bowl out Ross Taylor. From thereon, Indian spinners took charge and picked up wickets quickly.
Ravichandran Ashwin bowled brilliantly to take four wickets. Ashwin dismissed Tim Southee and Will Somerville for a duck. While Axar bagged two wickets, Jayant Yadav finished with one. Indian cricketing fans believe that their men will register a big win to seal the Test series.