India at 286 for 6 in lunch in second Test

4 December 2021, 1:32 pm
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India survived early morning twin blows from in-from spinner Ajaz Patel before the gutsy Mayank Agarwal joined hands with the ever-improving Axar Patel to take the hosts to 285 for six at lunch on day two of the second Test against New Zealand.

Agarwal (146 batting, 306 balls) and Axar (32 batting, 98 balls) added 61 runs for their unbroken seventh wicket stand on a track that’s showing considerable signs of wear and tear after Patel (42-11-103-6) removed overnight batter Wriddhiman Saha (27 off 61 balls) and Ravichandran Ashwin (0) off successive deliveries.

India during the session didn’t score at a very quick rate as they put on only 64 runs in the 28 overs but Agarwal-Axar duo’s consolidation act certainly put the hosts in a position of command.