New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel completes 14-wicket match haul against India

Patel added four second-innings scalps on Sunday to his 10 in the first innings.

Pa Sport Staff
Sunday 05 December 2021 10:01
New Zealand’s Ajaz Patel finished with 14 wickets in the match (Rafiq Maqbool/AP).
New Zealand’s Ajaz Patel finished with 14 wickets in the match (Rafiq Maqbool/AP).

New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel added another four wickets to his 10-wicket first-innings haul to record the best figures by any bowler in a Test against India.

Patel’s four for 106 saw him finish with 14 wickets in the match, having become only the third bowler to take all 10 wickets in a Test innings on Saturday.

Only England’s Jim Laker, in 1956, and India’s Anil Kumble, in 1999, have previously accomplished the feat and Patel, 33, is the first to do it in the first innings.

Mumbai-born Patel’s match figures of 14 for 225 are the best in a Test match against India, surpassing England all-rounder Ian Botham’s 13 for 106 at the same venue in 1980.

Despite Patel’s achievement, New Zealand face an uphill task to win the series finale after India declared their second innings at 276 for seven to set the visitors a target of 540 runs.

India opener Mayank Agarwal followed up his 150 in the first innings with 62 in second.

New Zealand were dealt a blow on the last ball before tea on day three as they lost their first wicket, with Ravichandran Ashwin removing Tom Latham.

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