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‘Most amazing thing I’ve seen’: NZ star makes Test history with stunning TEN wicket eruption

‘Rewriting records’: NZ star makes Test history with stunning TEN wicket eruption

New Zealand star Ajaz Patel has become just the third player in history to take 10 wickets in a Test match innings, joining bowling legends Jim Laker and Anil Kumble.

The Mumbai-born left-armer Ajaz, finished with figures of 10-119 in 47.5 overs in a stunning display in the first innings of the second Test against India, ironically in Mumbai.

The 33-year old also broke Sir Richard Hadlee’s record of nine wickets in an innings for the Black Caps.

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Patel’s incredible effort drew praise from Australian T20 World Cup winning captain Aaron Finch, labelling the 10-wicket haul “the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen.”

Mayank Agarwal stood unbeaten on 146 to pull India through another scare after Patel struck twice in successive deliveries on the second day of the second Test on Saturday.

India reached 285 for six at lunch with Agarwal, who started on his overnight 120, and Axar Patel on 32, putting on an unbeaten stand of 61 at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.

Ajaz, who added two wickets to his overnight tally of four, struck first to send back Wriddhiman Saha who added only two runs to his 25 from day one before falling low on a ball that darted onto his pads.

Ajaz bowled Ravichandran Ashwin on the next ball as the shocked batsman signalled for a review, not realising the ball had rattled the top of off stump.

The hat-trick was avoided by Axar but Ajaz kept up the pressure from his end as he bowled for almost the whole morning session.

New Zealand took the second new ball after 80 overs but Agarwal stood firm with the left-handed Axar as the pair mixed caution and aggression.

Agarwal, who reached his fourth Test century on Friday, tackled Ajaz’s threat with aplomb as he drove, defended and attacked with assurance.

Axar also looked solid to see India through to the break on what seemed like a good track for spinners -- and the home side had three in their XI.

Patel claimed all 10 Indian wickets in the second Test, adding to his tally of four wickets on the opening day to return figures of 10-119. India were all out for 325.

England off-spinner Jim Laker was the first bowler to take a Test ten-for, against Australia in 1956 at Old Trafford.

Indian spin ace Anil Kumble is the only other player ever to do so, against Pakistan in 1999 at Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla.

Ajaz rattled India in the first session with wickets in successive balls to be on a hat-trick before overnight batsman Mayank Agarwal scored 150 to help India to a challenging total.

Ajaz sent back Agarwal, who started the day on 120 with India on 221-4, to break a 67-run stand involving Axar Patel, who made 52.

The wily spinner soon got Axar lbw and wrapped up the Indian innings to be surrounded by jubilant Kiwi players.

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