After a thrilling opening test between India and New Zealand that ended in a draw, the teams have now arrived in Mumbai for the second test which will start at Wankhede Stadium from Friday. This draw meant that New Zealand’s wait for a test victory on Indian soil since 1988 has been further extended.
For India, skipper Virat Kohli returns after resting for the first test, while Ajinkya Rahane, who replaced Kohli at Kanpur, risked missing out on XI with scores of 35 and four. .
Shreyas Iyer scored a century (105) on his Test debut and followed it with a 65-shot. His brilliant start to the Test career means he will also be counted for the second Test.
Axar Patel collected his fifth booty from five wickets in testing when he dumped Tim Southee in the opening innings, and he will be eager to return to Mumbai.
Meanwhile, New Zealander Ajaz Patel returns to his hometown. Ajaz, born in 1988, moved to New Zealand in 1996 with his parents, where he performed for the central districts, and was finally called up to New Zealand in 2018.
Both teams will, however, be cautious about the weather in Mumbai. Mumbai was the scene of off-season rains on Wednesday, forcing both teams to cancel their respective training sessions.
According to at MÃ©tÃ©o.comThe rains could continue until Thursday, with an 80% chance of rain in the city. Friday, the day of the start of the Test, is not that worrying, but there is still a 40 percent chance of rain. And while no rain is expected over the weekend, cloudy skies should prevail.
However, there is some relief over the last two days of the Test Monday and Tuesday, as the sun is expected to prevail over the cloudy sky. According to Weather.com, forecasts for Monday and Tuesday indicate that the weather will be “mostly sunny.”
According to the press agency PTI, with a heavy outdoor field expected at Wankhede, the Indians would head to the Bandra-Kurla complex, which has indoor facilities.
The report also adds that with the covered locations there should be a lot of moisture below the surface that could help the crimps while also helping the tweakers get a certain turn. . .