India vs West Indies: The hosts are in driver’s seat after Day 2 in Rajkot

India are in full control as they look to finish it off on Day 3.


India carried their good work from Day 1 to Day 2 as the hosts have the match in complete control. Day 1 of the test saw 18-year-old debutant Prithvi Shaw score an aggressive hundred. India were 364-4 after the first day’s play with Virat Kohli and Rishabh on the crease.

The start of Day 2 witnessed Pant playing his aggressive game. He started taking on the Windies’ bowlers. Virat Kohli, on the other hand, was soaking in all the pressure from the bowlers. Kohli reached to his 24th century with a boundary towards fine leg. He became the second-fastest player to reach 24 centuries after the legendary Don Bradman. Pant missed his 2nd hundred by a whisker after Devendra Bishoo’s googly flummoxed him. The wicket-keeper batsman was dismissed for 92 runs. The duo of Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja added 54 runs before Kohli was picked up by Sherman Lewis.

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India were soon 545-7 after Ashwin returned back to the pavilion for just seven runs. However, it was Jadeja who was keeping the innings together for India. Vital contributions from Kuldeep Yadav and Umesh Yadav helped the hosts to reach the 600 run mark. Jadeja had already decided to switch gears and play aggressively. After the dismissals of Kuldeep and Umesh, Mohammed Shami blocked few crucial delivers to help Jadeja on the other hand. It was a proud moment for Jadeja as the southpaw reached to his maiden test hundred in his home ground, Saurasthra. Soon after the completion of his century, Virat Kohli decided to declare the Indian innings having already put a mammoth score of 649 on the board.

The Windies team wanted a formidable start from their openers to have a chance against such a huge score. But the start of their innings was anything but formidable. Shami picked up captain Kraigg Brathwaite in the third over before picking up Kieran Powell in his next over. Windies were reduced to 7-2 as a result of Shami’s double break. Their innings worsened, even more, when Shai Hope was cleaned up Ashwin.

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A catastrophic run out of Shimron Hetmyer added more misery to the Windies. Jadeja made sure he had a contribution with the ball too. He picked up Sunil Ambris as the batting side soon found themselves in a dilapidated state with just 47 runs on the board and having lost 5 wickets. Shane Dowrich showed little resistance. Kuldeep Yadav’s nicely tossed up delivery cleaned his stumps as Windies lost their 6th wicket for just 74 runs. Keemo Paul played few aggressive strokes towards the twilight of the day. Roston Chase is the last known batsman for the Windies as he continues his battle with the Indian bowlers. They finished the second day with 94-6, thus trailing India by 555 runs.

India have been absolutely ruthless in the first two days of the test, giving nothing to their opponents. Windies look depleted and it remains a big task for them to make a comeback in the match. It won’t be a surprise if India wrap up the test match by tomorrow.

Day 2 Summary:

India: 649-9 dec. (149.5 o.)
Virat Kohli: 139
Prithvi Shaw: 134
Devendra Bishoo: 54-3-217-4.

Windies: 94-6(29 o.)
Roston Chase: 27*
Keemo Paul: 13*
Mohammed Shami: 6-2-11-2.