New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel registers best match figures against India with 14 wickets in Mumbai Test

Written by Sumit Seth

New Zealand left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel on Sunday added another feather to his Test cap as he registered the best match figures against India in the second and final Test in Mumbai on Day 3.

Mumbai-born Ajaz Patel bagged 4 for 106 in India’s second innings to finish with 14 wickets in the match. His 14 for 225 are the best bowling figures in a Test match in India, bettering England all-rounder Ian Botham’s 13 for 106 at the same venue in 1980.

Patel is also the first bowler to take 14 wickets at the Wankhede Stadium.

The 33-year-old on Saturday became the third bowler in Test cricket to bag all 10 wickets in an innings on Day 2. He joined England off-spinner Jim Laker (1956 against Australia) and India leg-spinner Anil Kumble (1999 against Pakistan) in picking up all wickets in an innings.

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