A fiery Mohammed Siraj wiped out the New Zealand top order in the afternoon session of Day 2 of the second Test in Mumbai. He was in perfect rhythm and bowled his heart out and as per plan to dismiss Will Young, Tom Latham and Ross Taylor in his three overs.
He dismissed Latham on the last ball of his second over and bowled Taylor neck and crop on the first ball of the third over to get close to taking a Test hat-trick, which he missed by a margin of a few centimetres. He trapped Henry Nicholls in front of the wicket but the ball was pitched outside the line of the leg stump and hence was denied the wicket and the hat-trick.
He was bowling at a rapid pace as well and found enough movement off the pitch to take took two of his three wickets so far by squaring up the batsmen Young and Taylor. Young was edged to Kohli at second slip while Taylor’s off-stump was uprooted from the ground.
He had a deep square leg placed for Latham, who has shown some signs of weakness against rapid short deliveries, and he bowled at the perfect height and angle and holed him out to Shreyas Iyer at the only deep fielder.
New Zealand have been rocked hard with the new ball even before India introduced spin in the form of Axar Patel.