Day of the second test match between India and West Indies saw an intriguing battle between Windies’ batting and Indian bowling. Jason Holder made a comeback to the visitor team after being unavailable for the first test and replaced Kraig Brathwaite as the captain. He won the toss and decided to have a bat first. Mohammed Shami was given rest and Shardul Thakur made his test debut replacing Shami.
The first over of the innings was a wayward one from Umesh Yadav who conceded two boundaries to Brathwaite down the leg side. Shardul Thakur’s debut was one to forget. The Mumbai fast bowler had to leave the field after bowling just 10 deliveries due to a hamstring problem. Kieran Powell looked to be aggressive especially against Ashwin. But the spinner got the better of the southpaw as he picked up Powell for 22 and gave India their first breakthrough.
The duo of Brathwaite and Shai Hope could add only 20 runs before Kuldeep Yadav turned on the magic and dismissed Brathwaite and reduced Windies to 52-2. Hope looked in good touch but he misread a straight delivery from Umesh as the ball hit his pads straight in front of the wickets and the batsman had to return back to the pavilion. Kuldeep struck gold again. This time it was Shimron Hetmyer who had to perish. Half of the batting side went back to the pavilion when Kuldeep Yadav got his third victim of the innings for 113.
Sunil Ambris had been living off dangerously and he was finally caught by Ravindra Jadeja in covers. Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich had to stabilize the sinking ship. The duo started to construct a slow partnership as they looked to soak in all the pressure. They added 69 runs for the sixth wicket before Umesh broke the partnership. Dowrich had to depart for 30 runs after being adjudged LBW just before tea. Chase carried on his good work on the batting crease and he finally got a sensible partner in the form of Jason Holder. The West Indies Captain played with a lot of character to support Chase at the other end. After a nervy start both the batsman found their feet. They could easily muster singles of the Indian bowling. Both the batsmen reached to their fifties.
The partnership was proving to be a frustrated one for Virat Kohli. Finally the 104 runs partnership was broken by Umesh. The visiting captain was trying to the pull a short pitch delivery but could only place the ball to the wicket keeper’s gloves and Rishabh Pant made no mistake. Holder departed for a well made 52. Chase and Devendra Bishoo made sure that they didn’t lose any more wickets before the end of the day’s play as West Indies finished the day with 295 runs for the loss of 7 wickets.
Roston Chase is again proving that he’s the man for crisis for the Windies side as he’s batting on 98. Whether he can continue his good work and play a long innings with the help of the tail enders to assist Windies to put on a huge score on the board or will Indian bowlers prove to be too dominant for the batting side needs to be seen on Day 2.
India vs West Indies – Day 1 Summary:
West Indies: 295-7 (95 o.)
Roston Chase: 98
Jason Holder: 52
Kuldeep Yadav: 26-2-74-3.