After winning the second Test match of the two-match Test series against Tom Latham’s New Zealand National Cricket Team by 372 runs on Monday, December 6 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, India has retained third place in the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) 2021-23 points table.
Updated Points Table
India after winning the 2-match Test series against New Zealand are placed No.3 in the ICC World Test Championship 2021-23 standings with 58.33 percentage points and New Zealand are placed 6th with 16.66 percentage points.
In the history of Test cricket, this was India’s largest ever run victory. In addition, India has won the two-match Test series 1-0, with the first match between the teams ending in a draw at Green Park in Kanpur.
In terms of the match, due to the wet ground, Day 1 of the second Test began late. After winning the toss and electing to bat first, India’s opening pair of Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill put on a good show, adding 80 runs. Following Gill’s dismissal, India’s batting collapsed, with Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli both dismissed for ducks, and Shreyas Iyer dismissed for 18. Ajaz Patel, a Kiwi spinner, was also the bowler who struck out all four Indian batters on Day 1. Then Mayank Agarwal smashed a brilliant century, and wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha provided excellent support, as India finished the day with 221 runs for the loss of four wickets.
The Indian team dominated Day 2 of the Mumbai Test, but New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel made history by becoming only the third bowler in the 144-year history of Test cricket to take 10 wickets in an innings. Mayank Agarwal, who scored 150 runs in the first innings, and Axar Patel, who scored his maiden half-century, were the standout performers for India in the first innings.
When New Zealand batted in the first innings, the batters didn’t appear to be at ease, and each batter appeared to be struggling against the Indian bowling unit. After paceman Mohammed Siraj took three wickets in six overs, spinners Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, and Jayant Yadav joined the party, and New Zealand were bowled out for 62 runs.
Despite having a comfortable lead, India decided to bat first, with Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara opening the innings, and India reached 69/0 at Stumps.
The Indian top-order batsmen put in a strong performance on Day 3 of the match. Mayank Agarwal smashed an incredible half-century, while Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Virat Kohli all chipped in with useful runs. India declared at 276/7 with a 539-run lead after all-rounder Axar Patel played a cameo knock of 41. Ajaz Patel and Rachin Ravindra also took wickets for New Zealand in the second innings, with Ajaz Patel finishing the match with a bowling figure of 14/225.
Only Daryl Mitchell and Henry Nicholls did well in chasing the mammoth 540-run target, and New Zealand were at 140/5 at Stumps. The Black Caps were bowled out for 167 runs on Day 4 thanks to Indian spinner Jayant Yadav.
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