India have created history after winning their 10th consecutive test series at home soil. This feat came after the hosts defeated Windies in the second and the final test at Hyderabad by 10 wickets. The day started with Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant on the batting crease.
Windies Captain Jason Holder looked in great shape with the ball and he struck immediately when he picked up Rahane for 80 runs. Centurian in the first match, Ravindra Jadeja failed to make an impact with the bat as Holder got two wickets in three deliveries picking up Jadeja for a nought. Just like in the first match, Pant again missed a golden opportunity to score a century. Shimron Hetmyer grabbed a stunner at the short point to dismiss the southpaw. India’s lead was a thin one at this stage. Late contribution from Ravichandran Ashwin helped India to take a lead of 56 runs before the hosts bundled out for 367 runs.
Windies’ hopes of taking a big lead suffered a setback when Umesh Yadav got rid of Kraigg Brathwaite on the second delivery of the second innings. The situation worsened when Ashwin was successful in removing Kieran Powell for a duck to reduce the batting side to 6-2. Shai Hope and Hetmyer looked to take on the charge on the Indian spinners and were successful in picking up few boundaries. But a moment of madness from Hetmyer handed Kuldeep Yadav his first wicket of the innings.
Ravindra Jadeja was able to send Hope back to the pavilion in the next over when he was able to find an edge of the batsman as Rahane held onto to an easy catch at first slip. Roston Chase could not replicate his first innings heroics. Umesh got his second of the innings when his delivery hit Chase’s pads straight in front of the wickets. Umesh made it two wickets in two deliveries. This time it was Shane Dowrich who was clean bowled by the fast bowler.
Sunil Ambris and Jason Holder looked to frustrate the Indian bowlers. The duo added 28 runs before Holder found a nick of Jadeja’s delivery to hand Pant a fairly easy catch. Other than Devendra Bishoo, who scored 10 runs, the rest of the Windies tail-enders could not have a significant say. Umesh made it 10 for the match when he cleaned up Shanon Gabriel and wrapped up the Windies innings for 127 runs. Umesh Yadav became only the third Indian fast bowler to pick up 10 wickets in a test match in India after Kapil Dev and Javagal Srinath.
India were given a target of 72 runs. Prithvi Shaw continued his terrific form in the series. KL Rahul too looked in good touch after having a relatively poor series than what was expected of him. Both the openers scored 33 runs to hand India a convincing 10 wicket victory over the visitors.
Virat Kohli has one more test series victory under his belt. India are now level with Australia, who hold the record twice, to win 10 consecutive test series at home. The series now moves to Guwahati where the first ODI takes place on 21st October. Windies would like to forget the ghosts of the test series and look forward to the more preferable short formats of the game.
Windies 1st Innings: 311-10(101.4 o.)
Roston Chase: 106
Jason Holder: 52
Umesh Yadav: 26.4-3-88-6.
India 1st innings: 367-10(106.4)
Rishabh Pant: 92
Ajinkya Rahane: 80
Jason Holder: 23-5-56-5.
Windies 2nd Innings: 127-10(46.1)
Sunil Ambris: 38
Shai Hope: 28
Umesh Yadav: 12.1-3-45-4.
Man of The Match: Umesh Yadav
Man of The Series: Prithvi Shaw