NZ spinner Ajax Patel dismissed Virat Kohli off an LBW as the ball struck his front pad. The Indian skipper failed to open his account after making a comeback.
The 2nd test match between India and New Zealand was delayed at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai due to wet outfield. It has been raining persistently for the past two days due to which the Indian team had to practice in an Indoor facility in Bandra.
The match which was scheduled to start at 9:30 IST eventually started at 12 noon. Team India were without the likes of vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja owing to injuries. NZ also missed out Kane Williamson due to his elbow injury as Tom Latham led the squad for the final test at Mumbai.
The toss went in front of the home team as the visitors were put on to bowl first.
Team India had a solid start to the innings as Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill put up a total of 80 runs for the first wicket before Gill fell off to Ajax Patel. The opener fell six runs short of his fifty. Cheteshwar Pujara fell off to the same bowler in the 30th over of the game as the 33-year-old failed to open his account.
In the final ball of the 30th over, Patel trapped Kohli in front of the wickets and the decision turned out to be a controversial one.
As soon as the on-field umpire Anil Chaudhary raised his finger, skipper Kohli went for a review instantly.
The bat perfectly fitted between the front pad and the bat. Half of the ball is touching the bat while half of it struck the pad at the same time. There was a clear spike but the umpire Virender Sharma felt that there wasn’t conclusive evidence to turn the decision of the on-field umpire.
Therefore, he asked the on-field umpire to stay with his original decision. While making his long walk towards the pavilion, Kohli has a small word with the umpire.
Kohli walked back in disbelief and slams the bat on the boundary ropes.