Mayank Agarwal stamped his authority over the New Zealand bowling unit with a spectacular century on Day 1 of the ongoing second Test to put India in a commanding position. Mayank’s innings came at a very crucial time when wickets were falling continuously from the other end.
The Karnataka batter hit his fourth Test hundred and ended a two-year wait for a three-figure score in the longest format. Mayank got to his hundred off 196 balls as the right-handed batter stood tall against a quality spin attack by Ajaz Patel, who dismissed Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara for ducks.
Mayank reached the landmark in the 59th over when he slammed Daryl Mitchell for a superb boundary over the extra cover region. He jumped and punched the air as the Indian players and support staff was spotted applauding Mayank for the incredible effort.
Mayank first formed a vital 80-run opening partnership with Shubman Gill, who fell six runs short of his half-century. Then, the Bangalore-lad joined hands with Shreyas Iyer to add another 80-run stand for the fourth wicket.
At stumps, India reached 221/4 with Mayank (120 no) and Wriddhiman Saha (25 no) as the duo formed an unbeaten stand of 61 runs.
For the visitors, only Patel looked good with the ball. The left-armer bowled exceptionally well on the bouncy track of Wankhede, taking all four wickets alone. Patel bowled 29 overs and picked up 4 wickets.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
#Mayank may not have faced as much pressure in his debut at MCG in 2018! This is how fine players deal with crisis. A brilliant hundred when he and his team both needed it most. #INDvsNZTestSeries #IndvsNZtest pic.twitter.com/x9YAnuCSbN
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) December 3, 2021
Sublime knock from Mayank. Needed the runs for himself and the team, and responded in style! Terrific composure and sparkling strokeplay. Am sure this hundred will do wonders for his confidence. #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/tnJrRBjEJy
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) December 3, 2021
Watching Mayank Agarwal celebrate his century is awesome. Such a great innings. Class against spin. So good man! #INDvNZ
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) December 3, 2021
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) December 3, 2021
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 3, 2021
Mayank Agarwal gets his fourth Test ton 👏
— ICC (@ICC) December 3, 2021
𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘴 𝘵𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩, 𝘔𝘢𝘺𝘢𝘯𝘬 𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘴 𝘨𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨! 🔥
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) December 3, 2021
💯 for @mayankcricket 👏👏
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 3, 2021
Well played Mayank Agarwal. His 4th Test 100 in 196 balls, as India approach 200 for the loss of 4 midway through the final session. Ajaz Patel has 4-57 from 24 overs. Live scorecard | https://t.co/tKeqyLOL9D #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/ocvwZuag1X
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 3, 2021