Reason reveals why Cheteshwar Pujara opened the innings with Mayank Agarwal on day 2
By SMCS - Dec 4, 2021 8:30 pm
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Team India have been playing against New Zealand in the second Test in Mumbai. After scoring 325 runs in the first innings, they bowled New Zealand out for 62. And, in the second innings, Cheteshwar Pujara opened the innings with Mayank Agarwal in the absence of Shubman Gill.

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Shubman Gill scored a fifty

During the first innings of NZ’s innings, Gill sustained an injury to the elbow while fielding at short leg. He had to walk out off the field and Suryakumar Yadav replaced him as well. Even though he came out to the field later, he couldn’t open the innings.

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BCCI took to Twitter and shared: “🚨 Update 🚨: Shubman Gill suffered a blow to his right elbow while fielding in the first innings. He has not recovered completely and hence not taken the field as a precautionary measure.”

Meanwhile, Mohammed Siraj put New Zealand under pressure with 3 early wickets. Later, R Ashwin picked up 4 scalps while Axar Patel claimed 2 as well and bundled them within 62 in just 28.1 overs as well.

Cheteshwar Pujara, who has been struggling with the bat in recent times, has batted for 51 balls for his unbeaten 29 runs. On the other hand, Mayank Agarwal, who scored a century in the first innings, has done well and remained unbeaten on 38 off 75. The duo added 69 runs in 21 overs before the stumps.

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After the match, Mayank said: “This innings 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. The Indian domestic circuit is tough, and the years anyone spends there helps them. It’s hard and the experience and learnings you get is 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.”