India on top after Patel's historic 10-for

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New Zealand's Ajaz Patel has taken all 10 wickets in an innings against India in the Mumbai Test.
Camera IconNew Zealand's Ajaz Patel has taken all 10 wickets in an innings against India in the Mumbai Test. Credit: AP

New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel has achieved the magnificent and rare feat of bagging all 10 wickets in an innings before India demonstrated their own bowling might to take control of the second and final Test at the Wankhede Stadium.

The Mumbai-born Ajaz became only the third player in international cricket to take all wickets in an innings after England off-spinner Jim Laker and India leg-spinner Anil Kumble, but the tourists could not stop India from getting to 325 on a remarkable Saturday.

Ajaz, who finished with figures of 10-119, walked off to a standing ovation from the sparse crowd and the Indian dressing room.

In reply, New Zealand could bat only a little over two hours before being bundled out for 62 to concede a first-innings lead of 263.

India decided against enforcing the follow-on and then tightened the screws by reaching 69 without loss in their second innings, stretching their overall lead to 332 at the close of the second day's play.

Cheteshwar Pujara opened the batting in place of Shubman Gill, who suffered a blow to his right elbow while fielding at close-in, and was unbeaten on 29 with Mayank Agarwal 38 not out.

On a pitch offering plenty of assistance to the spin bowlers, India's Mohammed Siraj, who'd been left out of the first Test in Kanpur, bowled with aggression and pace with the new ball to rattle the touring side.

The fast bowler sent back New Zealand's stand-in captain Tom Latham, Will Young and the experienced Ross Taylor to reduce them to 3-17 in his opening spell.

After Siraj's initial blast, the top-ranked Test side's batters surrendered meekly to India's spinners.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin picked up 4-8 as the New Zealand innings folded in just 28.1 overs.

The hosts' first innings total had earlier been built on a stroke-filled 150 from opening batter Agarwal.

Resuming on 4-221, India lost two early wickets to Ajaz but kept accumulating runs at the ground overlooking the Arabian Sea.

In his first over of the day, the 33-year-old Ajaz, whose family emigrated to New Zealand in 1996, dismissed Wriddhiman Saha to complete his third five-wicket haul in a Test innings and then had Ashwin bowled on his next delivery.

Allrounder Axar denied Ajaz the hat-trick and then combined in a 67-run stand for the seventh wicket with Agarwal to keep India on course towards a sizeable total.

The right-handed Agarwal, who hit 17 fours and four sixes, reached 150 with a cut shot off Ajaz but was caught behind on the next delivery. Axar was dismissed for 52 after notching up his maiden test half-century.

The opening test in Kanpur ended in a thrilling draw, with New Zealand's last batting pair hanging on in the final session to deny India victory

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