New Zealand slumped to 140-5 at stumps on day three of the second test against India on Sunday, with the visitors needing another 400 runs for an improbable victory.
India, meanwhile, is just five wickets away from a series win in the two-match contest. The first test in Kanpur was drawn.
India, which declared its second innings at 276-7 to set a 540-run target for the Black Caps, started losing wickets after lunch.
Shubman Gill (47) and Virat Kohli (36) managed to put on 82 runs for the third wicket, but New Zealand’s spinners continued doing the work for the touring side as Ajaz Patel finished 4-106 following his historic 10-for in the first innings.
Rachin Ravindra (3-56) also got into the act, dismissing both Kohli and Gill.
Patel got rid of Shreyas Iyer (14) and Jayant Yadav (6) as India lost four wickets for 41 runs.
Patel finished with a match haul of 14 wickets for 225 runs for the best match haul in test cricket for any visiting bowler in India. The previous best was Englishman Ian Botham’s 13 wickets for 106 runs in 1980, also in Mumbai.
New Zealand collapsed under India’s spin pressure after a mammoth total.
Ravichandran Ashwin (3-27) opened the bowling and trapped Tom Latham (6) lbw.
He also had Will Young (20) caught at forward short leg while Ross Taylor (6) played a surprising slog sweep and was caught to leave New Zealand reeling on 55-3.
Daryl Mitchell (60) managed to resist the Indian spin attack to reach a half-century, helping New Zealand cross the 100-run mark and put on 73 runs for the fourth wicket with Henry Nicholls.
But Axar Patel (1-42) struck before stumps to remove Mitchell, and then Tom Blundell was run-out for a duck to leave the Black Caps faltering.
At stumps, Nicholls was unbeaten on 36 runs with Rachin Ravindra (2 not out) for company.
Meanwhile, Axar Patel spoke about his off-field conversation with Ravindra Jadeja.
“It comes naturally to me (stump-to-stump bowling). Whenever I talk to Jaddu bhai, our discussions are only about the mindset, like what do you think in this situation, what more can you do when the batsman is charging at you, what do you think while bowling or what field placements you set.”Those are the kinds of chats we have. Even when it comes to batting, we talk about how to accelerate in a particular situation, which bowler to target… We know our actions are naturally set for stump-to-stump bowling so our discussions are only about the mindset.”