New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel wins all 10 wickets against India

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New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel became just the third pitcher to collect 10 wickets in a single round of international cricket, achieving the feat against India in the second test at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.

The 33-year-old joined English spinner Jim Laker (1956 v Australia) and Indian spinner Anil Kumble (1999 v Pakistan) to pick up all the wickets in one round. The great Kumble of spin-bowling, which won 619 test wickets for India, tweeted: “Welcome to Ajaz Patel #Perfect 10 club. Well done! A special effort to achieve this on the first and second day of a test match.

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Mumbai-born left gunsmith Patel, whose parents emigrated to New Zealand in 1996, added six wickets to the four he took on the first day of Friday to finish with numbers 10 to 119. Patel, who began his career as a fast bowler, extracted a tight turn and rebound from the field and carried New Zealand bowling on his shoulders to limit the hosts’ first innings total to 325.

After reclaiming the wickets from Wriddhiman Saha and Ravichandran Ashwin on his first try on Saturday, he returned after the lunch interval to take the other four to wrap up India’s rounds. As Rachin Ravindra grabbed a skied effort from India’s No.11 batsman Mohammed Siraj to confirm the fall of the final wicket, Patel knelt with a closed fist before being hugged by his teammates. He also received a standing ovation from the Indian team in the dressing room and from the sparse crowd on the ground overlooking the Arabian Sea.

While Patel dominated the proceedings with the ball, it was Mayank Agarwal who scored the bulk of the points for the hosts on the delicate surface. Agarwal hit 150 with a cut shot from Ajaz but was caught on the next delivery. The versatile Axar Patel provided capable support with 52, his first try in half a century.


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