The Indian opener Mayank Agarwal on Saturday said that they will look to “pile on as many runs as possible” and put New Zealand under pressure on the moving day of the second and final Test in Mumbai. India dominated proceedings in the second half of the second day after Ajaz Patel’s historic 10-wicket haul and ended up with a 332-run lead over the visitors till the close of play.
16 wickets fell in the day as India got bundled out for 325 in their first innings with Patel taking all the wickets to become only the third bowler in Test history to bag a 10-for in an innings. But New Zealand failed to acclimatize with the conditions as the Indian bowlers came out all guns blazing to bowl out the opposition for 62 runs in just 28.1 overs to take a first-innings lead of 263 runs.
India decided not to enforce the follow-on and came out to bat again with the new opening pair of Cheteshwar Pujara and first-innings centurion Mayank as Shubman Gill had suffered an elbow injury. The duo batted positively to take the team to 69 for no loss in 21 overs before bad light forced an early end to the proceedings.
Mayank and Pujara will resume the action on Day 3 on 38 and 29, respectively. Talking about his batting performance, after the end of play on Day 2, Mayank said: ” This inning was all about grit and determination. I haven’t changed much, just tried to stay side on, but it’s more mental than technical. For my batting, if I don’t attack I’ll get stuck, so if I don’t put Ajaz under the pump, he will keep bowling in good areas.”
He further added, “The Indian domestic circuit is tough, and the year’s anyone spends there helps them. It’s hard and the experience and learnings you get are phenomenal, and I’ve carried that into international cricket. We will look to pile on as many runs as we can tomorrow and put the pressure on New Zealand.”