Watch: Mohammed Siraj produced a stunning delivery to dismiss Ross Taylor in the second India-New Zealand Test.
The ball angled into the Kiwi batter before straightening off the surface. Taylor could only watch as the ball breezed past his bat and flattened off stump.
The beauty on the first ball of the sixth over and injected more wind into India’s sails. With Kane Williamson being unavailable for the second Test, Taylor’s wicket became even more important for the Indians, and with Siraj having struck twice in his second over.
Before getting rid of the veteran, Siraj had accounted for Tom Latham and Will Young. In fact, with Taylor’s scalp, Siraj found himself on a hat-trick – only to be denied by a close lbw shout.
Siraj didn’t play the first Test at Kanpur as the Black Caps clung on to a draw. This opening spell, with Siraj breathing fire, was another reminder of how useful he can be across conditions. And, of course, of the bright future that lies ahead of him.
The wickets at the start of New Zealand’s innings pegged back the hosts and they could never recover. They were bowled out for 62, the lowest team total in a Test in India, way behind in the game despite Ajaz Patel’s 10-wicket haul in the first innings.