Second Test Day 1: India vs West Indies Ravindra Jadeja was ejected for 36, leaving Virat Kohli with an unblemished 87. Their partnership contributed significantly to India’s total of 288/4.
On July 20, in the Port of Spain, during the first day of the second test, West Indies struggled hard to restrict India to 288 runs, taking four wickets. After this, Virat Kohli reached close to a memorable century in his 500th international match.
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Rohit Sharma (80 runs off 143 balls) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (57 runs off 74 balls) provided a strong opening partnership, contributing 139 runs, setting a solid launchpad. Before that, West Indies managed to put a brake on India’s scoring rate four times in the afternoon session. Kohli (87 runs off 161 balls) and Ravindra Jadeja (36 runs off 84 balls) played some splendid strokes in the final session, ensuring India scored 106 runs without losing any wickets in 33.2 overs.
The first day concluded with a total of 84 overs bowled. Kohli, who was just 14 runs away from his century after surviving 20 dot balls, will resume his innings on the second day of the match.
Most of Kohli’s sixes were hit on the off-side, including a picture-perfect cover drive on Kemar Roach’s half-volley in the 57th over.
When the discussion about the pitch’s covering area came up, Jadeja was equally solid, matching Kohli’s prowess. Kohli had to work hard to score 76 runs on the slow pitch in the opening match of the series, and in the 67th over, he completed his 30th Test half-century by hitting a boundary off spinner Jomel Warrican India vs West Indies
In the early afternoon session, West Indies bowled with a plan and purpose, causing India to be four wickets down for 182 runs by tea.
India scored quickly in the morning session but slowed down in the afternoon, managing only 61 runs in 24.4 overs.
India vs West Indies The dismissed batsmen
The dismissed batsmen were Rohit, Jaiswal, Shubman Gill (out for 10 out of 12), and Ajinkya Rahane (out for 8 out of 36), who all fell before tea. West Indies’ disciplined bowling was responsible for their success, especially during the first session when India’s scoring rate was low.
Jason Holder, who could have caught Jaiswal in the slips just before lunch, dismissed the talented right-handed batsman with an expensive drive. In the morning, some balls narrowly missed the slip fielders, which prompted the home team to push the fielders back. This move paid off when Jaiswal mistimed a drive, and wicketkeeper Joshua Da Silva took a sharp catch India vs West Indies.
The next batsman was Gill, who failed for the second time in his new batting position at number three. The experienced Roach tested him around off-stump, and Gill ended up edging a good-length delivery back to the wicketkeeper.
Rahane (8 runs off 36 balls) played Shai Hope’s angle delivery but got caught behind, resulting in two quick wickets for West Indies.
Before this, Rohit and Jaiswal displayed their excellent form, taking India to a comfortable 121 for no loss before lunch.
Young Jaiswal and Rohit, who had both scored centuries in the previous test, seemed ready for another substantial partnership. The visiting team scored runs at a rate of 4.65 in 26 overs.
India vs West Indies At the end of the session, Alzarri Joseph got Jaiswal caught in the slips on the last ball.
In this historic clash, as the two teams stepped onto the field for their 100th test encounter, a momentous occasion unfolded. The esteemed Indian and West Indies captains were graced with a unique and heartfelt memento by the legendary Brian Lara, adding an extra touch of grandeur to the celebrations.
The pitch in Dominica was indeed helpful for the Indian bowlers, and it was expected to be a livelier track at the Queen’s Park Oval. However, the curator decided not to leave any grass on the surface.
West Indies’ fast bowlers failed to capitalize on the early opportunity when their captain, Craig Brathwaite, invited the opposition to bat, hoping to make use of the morning moisture in the pitch.
It didn’t go as planned for the fast bowlers to use short-pitched deliveries against the top-order batsmen of India. Rohit played his trademark pull shot against Roach and hit the first six of the match. Following that, Jaiswal smashed Joseph for another six.
In the 19th over, the Indian captain completed his half-century by hitting Roach for a six. It was yet another captain’s pull shot that went a long way.
On the other end, Jaiswal was aggressive in playing anything wide and picked up the pace as the session progressed. He completed his half-century by playing an on-drive off Alzarri Joseph.
IND VS WI 2nd Test, Day 1 Cricket Match Live Score: India Vs West Indies Test Match Score Live
India 1st Innings: Yashasvi Jaiswal b Jason Holder 57, Rohit Sharma b Kemar Roach 80, Shubman Gill c da Silva b Roach 10, Virat Kohli not out 87, Ajinkya Rahane c Gabriel b Holder 8, Ravindra Jadeja not out 36.
Extras:(LB-4, NB-5) 9.
Total: (For 4 wickets in 84 overs) 288.
Fall of Wickets: 1-139, 2-153, 3-155, 4-182.
The bowling statistics showcased an impressive display of skills by the West Indies bowlers: Kemar Roach delivered 13 overs, conceding only 64 runs while taking 1 wicket, Alzarri Joseph bowled 15 overs without conceding any runs but unfortunately remained wicketless, Shannon Gabriel’s 12 overs yielded just 50 runs and claimed 1 wicket, Jomel Warrican’s 25 overs resulted in 5 wickets for 55 runs, Jason Holder’s 13 overs went for 30 runs, securing 1 wicket, Alzarri Athanaze’s 4 overs went without conceding any runs but couldn’t grab a wicket, and Craig Brathwaite’s 2 overs conceded only 1 run while being wicketless.
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