Ind vs NZ: India declare 2nd innings at 276/7, New Zealand face uphill battle


Skipper Virat Kohli declared

India’s second innings at 276/7, giving New Zealand a tough 540-run target on the third day of the second Test against New Zealand in Mumbai.

New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel continued his historic, record-breaking performance, noting up an awe-inspiring match haul of 14 wickets.

Earlier, Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara lost their wickets but India extended its lead to 405 against New Zealand on Day 3 of the ongoing second Test here at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Sunday.

At the lunch break, India’s score read 142/2 with the hosts leading by 405 runs. Virat Kohli (11 batting) and Shubman Gill (17 batting) are currently unbeaten at the crease.

Resuming Day 3 at the overnight score of 69/0, overnight batters Mayank and Pujara accumulated runs at a brisk pace and the former brought up his half-century in the 26th over of the innings. Both batters registered the 100-run opening stand in the 27th over.

The 107-run opening stand was finally broken by Ajaz Patel as he dismissed Mayank (62) with the hosts’ lead being 370. 

Ajaz Patel got his second wicket of the innings in the 36th over as he had Pujara (47) caught at the hands of Ross Taylor, reducing India to 115/2.

Team India skipper Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill then ensured that the hosts do not lose any more wickets before the lunch break.

On Saturday, Mohammed Siraj had scalped three wickets while star spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had registered four wickets as New Zealand was bundled out for 62 after Ajaz Patel had taken all ten wickets to dismiss India for 325 in the first innings.

Brief Scores: 


325 and 276/7/2 declared (Mayank Agarwal 62, Cheteshwar Pujara 47; Ajaz Patel 4/106);

New Zealand:



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