New Zealand vs India 2020: Twitter Reacts As Neil Wagner ‘Had The Last Laugh’ Following Fierce Battle With Ajinkya Rahane
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New Zealand vs India 2020: Twitter Reacts As Neil Wagner ‘Had The Last Laugh’ Following Fierce Battle With Ajinkya Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane, Sachin Tendulkar, Test debut
Ajinkya Rahane. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Ajinkya Rahane cheaply lost his wicket in both the innings of the second Test match against New Zealand in Christchurch. The team was expecting him to deliver as per the expectations. But like his captain Virat Kohli, he couldn’t spent quality time at the crease.

Importantly, the Kiwis bowlers didn’t put too much effort to pick Rahane’s wickets. However, his poor display of batting had costed him. Tim Southee bowled an outswinger to Rahane and picked the wicket of latter in the first innings. Virat’s deputy added only seven runs in India’s tally.

Neil Wagner’s short-ball misjudged by Ajinkya Rahane:

Ajinkya Rahane

In second innings, Rahane was given two lifelines before Neil Wagner toyed with him with his short-ball strategy.

Rahane was not well settled at the crease as he moved to the offside, thinking it would be a bouncer. But he got trapped in the strategy of Wagner and was eventually bowled. And, India’s vice-captain failed to deliver,  scoring just nine runs off 43 deliveries.

And as soon as his wicket fell, a number of fans and pundits took to Twitter to express their surprise over that particular shot selection. Some as well questioned the position of Rahane as vice-captain and even urged the team management to remove him from India’s playing XI.

New Zealand vs India 2020: Here are some of the reactions –

Meanwhile, Indian bowlers’ impressive performance in the second Test has been largely marred by a dismal batting show. Bumrah and Mohammed Shami took seven wickets between themselves to bowl out New Zealand for 235. But India’s batters had failed to lead from the front.

The day ended with India losing six wickets at 90 runs and Hanuman Vihari and Rishabh Pant batting in the middle, scoring 5* and 1* runs respectively.

It will be important for the duo, to set up the partnership and collect as many runs as possible – to increase the chances of India’s win, in a bid to settle for a series-levelling win.

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