India bowled out New Zealand for just 62 runs on day 2 of the Test match in Mumbai. After Ajaz Patel’s 10-wicket haul, the visitors fell apart in their first innings and registered the worst-ever score on Indian soil in a Test match.
While Indian spinner took 7 wickets, it was Siraj who put the Kiwis on backfoot. Siraj dismissed Will Young on the first ball of his second over and removed Tom Latham four deliveries later. Siraj targeted the New Zealand stand-in skipper with bouncers. He hit one to deep square leg and was caught by Shreyas Iyer.
Former Indian batter Aakash Chopra lauded Siraj and also pointed out that captain Virat Kohli must be equally credited for Latham’s wicket.
“That is where I missed Virat Kohli, the captain. Mohammed Siraj set Tom Latham up brilliantly, and it’s not only the wicket of the bowler. Kohli played a role in it,” said Chopra.
Indian pacers didn’t bowl a single short-pitched delivery to Latham in the opening Test in Kanpur.
“In the last Test, we didn’t see a single bouncer against Tom Latham. With Siraj, you can expect short-pitched bowls more often than not. So he bowled short and they had the leg-side trap ready for Latham. It was a good wicket and wonderful captaincy,” Chopra further said.
He scored 95 & 52 in the first Test against India.