India vs West Indies (IND vs WI) 1st Test, Day 2 Highlights: West Indies, chasing India’s first innings score of 297 on Day 2 of the 1st Test in Antigua, have ended the day at 189/8 in 59 overs, still trailing India by 108 runs. Ishant Sharma was the wrecker-in-chief for the visitors, as he romped to his 9th five-wicket haul in Test cricket. West Indies looked like they would end the day with their batsmen in with a chance to overhaul India’s first innings total, but Ishant took three quick wickets in the last half hour of play to break the home team’s backbone. Jason Holder (10*) and Miguel Cummins (0*) will resume batting on the morning of Day 3.
Earlier, adding 94 runs to India’s overnight score, Ravindra Jadeja guided the lower order to put 297 on the board, a respectable first innings score. Jadeja scored 58 runs from 112 deliveries, his 11th Test half-century. Earlier in the first session, Rishabh Pant could add only four runs to his overnight score. Kemar Roach got an edge of his bat in the first over he bowled in the morning. Pant got out for 24 from 47 deliveries. After the wicket of the wicketkeeper-batsman, Ishant Sharma shared a crucial 60-run partnership with Jadeja to frustrate the West Indies bowlers. He scored 19 runs from 62 deliveries. Mohammed Shami disappointed with the bat as he got out for a golden duck to Roston Chase.
India in West Indies, 2 Test Series, 2019Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua 17 September 2019
West Indies 222 (74.2) & 100 (26.5)
India 297 (96.4) & 343/7 dec
Match Ended ( Day 4 - 1st Test ) India beat West Indies by 318 runs
India vs West Indies 1st Test, Day 2 Highlights:
End of play
Holder and Cummins negotiate the last over of the day, a quick burst from Bumrah, to take West Indies to the end of Day 2 at 189/8, trailing India by 108 runs with 2 wickets in hand.
Vihari cannot hold on to a catch. That would have been Ishant's sixth wicket! Holder miscues. Ball flies high up in the air. Vhari and Kohli rin towards the ball but neither of them can get there. Vihari got his hands to it but cannot hold on to it. Ishant is not impressed.
Somebody stop Ishant! Roach is now his victim, his fifth victim of the day. Edges to Kohli at slip. Fifer for Ishant Sharma! His 9th 5-fer in Test cricket. West Indies have no answer to the big man today and they sink in crisis late on Day 2. WI - 179/8 after 56 overs.
Another caught and bowled by Ishant
Hetmeyer goes for 35. Falls to Ishant Sharma! Again, it is Ishant who takes a caught and bowled wicket. This is Ishant Sharma's third caught and bowled dismissal in his entire career and the second of this day. Unbelievable. West Indies lose another wicket at the worst possible time for them. There's another 4 or 5 overs to be played at the most and the West Indies tail has now been exposed. WI 179/7 after 55.3 overs
Ishant is celebrating again! This will be his third wicket! Umpire has referred it, the soft signal being out. Hope got an edge, of that we are sure, but did it carry to the keeper? That is what will be checked now. And the decision is OUT. Hope is gone for 24. That ends a 44-run partnership. Yet again, Kohli's bowling change turns out to be an inspired one. Jason Holder comes out. West Indies still trail India by 123 runs. West Indies will have to be disappointed how many cheap wickets they have lost today. WI 174/6 after 54 overs
Not long left in the day
We've had 80 overs and a rain break on Day 2 now. We had 65 overs and three rain breaks yesterday. West Indies trail by 125 runs with 5 wickets in hand. They shall be happy if they can go into the pavilion with no more loss of wickets. Kohli is seen having a word with umpires. Let's see how many more overs will be bowled today. WI 173/5 after 52.3 overs
Play has restarted. So, less than 15 minutes after the covers were brought on, here is Vihari back to complete his over. 'Passing shower' was exaclty right. And it's spin from both ends as Jadeja partners wth Vihari from the other end.
This is nothing more than a passing shower, reckons Viv Richards on air. And he is absolutely spot on! The rain has stopped. The covers are coming off. The umpires are in the middle for an inspection, with the players not too far away.
As we feared, rain has come down and the players have gone off. KL Rahul helps the ground staff get the covers on, with a smile on his face. That's good spirit. There's a strong breeze blowing too, so perhaps the clouds will blow over soon. This is the first rain interruption of the day. Rain had stopped play thrice yesterday. It has been a better day today, but now the rain is quite heavy. West Indies are now 162/5, trailing India by 135 runs.
Vihari has been brought on and there is a drizzle that has suddenly started too. No word from the umpires yet. Hetmeyer has doffed the helmet as he faces Vihari. Would not want to do anything rash at this stage. The players may have to go off soon if the intensity of the rain increases.
Different approaches from the 2 batsmen
Hope has been in the middle for a much longer time and has faced double the balls Hetmeyer has faced but the two batsmen are on the same individual score now. Hetmeyer clearly is playing the only way he knows. Taking a large front foot stride when facing Jadeja. Looking out for the short ball to hit it over the inner circle. WI 145/5 after 47 overs
Sumit Nagal flies Indian flag in USA
At the same time as Team India are doing what they do best in Antigua, around 2500 kms to the north, in the USA, it is tennis player Sumit Nagal who is flying the Indian flag high. Playing the final round of qualifying matches to get to the men's singles main draw right now, Nagal has come back into the match to take the match into a third set. If he does win, he will be just the 4th Indian to qualify for the singles of a Grand Slam in the recent past.
Ishant and Shami meanwhile continue bowling in difficult areas. Drinks are taken. WI 137/5 after 45 overs
Hetmeyer off to explosive start
Hetmeyer is going after everything. Not holding back on the lofted shots either. He has not even faced 5 balls yet. West Indies have lost half their side with more than 160 runs still to get to draw alongside India's first innings score. This is a period when the batting side should look to make most of now. The Sun has beaten down on the ground for the whole day and it is probably now that batting is easiest. Chase would be kicking himself to have gone out in such a soft way after doing all the hard work for his team.
Bowling change works for India! Roston Chase falls for 48! That's the wicket India were looking for. shant Sharma points to his skipper in delight. But there's a problem! Is that a no ball? No, the umpires decide they will give the benefit of the doubt to the bowler. That is a tight call. Hetmeyer comes in at No.7. Well, that's another batsman who his batting position does not do justice to. WI 131/5 after 42.3 overs
Chase nears his 50
It is Chase who is leading this innings! Shami hit for boundaries in consecutive overs by him. The first one was a cut, the second one was a drive. Shami has very little room to err on the off side. However, Shami does well to come back. Gets the ball to whizz past Chase's bat. WI 130/4 after 42 overs
Cries of 'Catch it!' go around the field as Chase chases after Jadeja once again. That stayed in the air for a while but landed in a safe area and rolled away for four. We have seen how Chase has targetted Jadeja in this innings. Goes after him again. Chase is the highest scorer in this innings by a distance now.
Graeme Swann cannot contain his excitement on air as Jadeja gets through Shai Hope's gate with a quicker delivery. Sharp turn there. Ball just goes over the stumps. Hope will be in o hurry to get his score moving. So, it might be a good move to persist with Jadeja against him, in hope of forcing something. On the other hand, Bumrah produced an absolutely unplayable outswinger in his last over. There's lots happening here.
Mayank Agarwal is hit
There's a stop in play now as Mayank Agarwal, at forward short leg, who has been struck on the neck by the ball. He is on the ground clutching his neck and the physio is out to have a look.
100 comes up for West Indies
West Indies get to 100 as Chase hits Bumrah for a boundary. This is a good move by the team to send him up the order today. Is a much better batsman than a No.8, where he has often batted in recent times. His 30 is the now the highest individual score for the home team. WI 104/4 after 34 overs
Chase goes big
Roston Chase attacks Jadeja. Lifts him over long on for six. Jadeja is the bowler who the batsmen have picked out for the big shots today. WI 96/4 after 32 overs
India get the breakthrough right after the Tea break. Bumrah strikes to end Bravo's stay. That's the 50th Test wicket for Bumrah. He becomes the fastest Indian pacer to 50 Test wickets. Bravo shuffles across but fails to connect and is hit on the pad by Bumrah. Umpire gives him out, he goes for a fruitless review. Shai Hope finally strides out at No.6. WI - 88/4 after 29.1 overs
Back after the Tea break. Jadeja starts off the 29th over for India with a cool breeze blowing through the ground. Chase makes room and hits it to the off side for two runs off the fourth ball of the over. The last ball of the over produces an ever better result for Chase. Similar ball, similar shot, this time it runs down for four.
Good start - Collapse - Recovery
Good start - Collapse - Recovery: That is how the session went for West Indies. From 36/0, Windies slipped to 50/3. From then, Chase and Bravo have showed the rest that this pitch does not have any demons. At least, not as many as the Headingley pitch had for England earlier today. Back in 20 minutes or so.
The Tea break is signaled. West Indies go into the last session of the day trailing India by 215 runs. We could say India have shaded this session. They have taken three wickets to peg the Windies top order back, but Chase and Bravo have done well to rebuild from that stage. They are now 82/3.
Bumrah, Ishant brought back
A small 2-over spell from Shami later, Bumrah and Ishant are brought back to bowl in tandem. Kohli is lauding his fielders as they try to stifle this burgeoning partnership. 31 runs have now been added by this pair. The thing about this pair is that they are both looking very safe and secure. Their techniques are spot on, they are elegant when they are going for the shots and they leaving whatever can be left alone. A good Test match contest at this stage.
Krishnappa Gowtham makes a mark in KPL
Meanwhile, with India bowling one spinner in this match, Jadeja - who was hit for a four and a six by Bravo in the last over - it might be time to look at what some of India's other spinners are doing at the moment. Ashwin and Kuldeep are warming the Antiguan bench, of course, but back in Karnataka, in the Karnataka Premier League, K Gowtham has done something quite special:
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Bravo hits a stylish six off Jadeja. That's the first 6 of the innings. Bravo and Chase are making merry here. There's an element of fortune about some of the runs that are coming but this duo is doing a good job at the moment. WI 75/3 after 25 overs
Brooks's first Test innings comes to an end. Jadeja gets and edge off his bat to balloon up, deflect off Pant and go to Ajinkya Rahane at first slip. Brooks goes for 11. Roston Chase walks out at No.5. WI 50/3 after 20.3 overs.
Caught and bowled
What a catch off his own bowling! Brathwaite, who had been giving nothing away, hits it straight to the bowler. Ishant Sharma takes a low catch in his follow-through. Brilliant work for him. The West Indies opener is gone for 14. Would be disappointed after having got himself stuck in for 51 balls. Darren Bravo the new batsman. WI 48/2 after 17.5 overs
Jadeja into the attack
India go to their spinner for the first time in this match. Brooks has gotten off to a good start. He has got his first boundary, and he gets the ball into the deep for a double in the Jadeja over as well. Brathwaite, on the other hand, has moved to a different gear, where he is bunting everything down. No risks taken.
First runs for Shamarh Brooks
Shamarh Brooks gets off the mark in international cricket. Playing his first Test, at the age of 30, he gets off the mark with three runs. He got his Test debut cap from the great Viv yesterday, today he gets the chance to bat for West Indies for the first time. He had captained the West Indies U-19 team in 2006. Finally, after a wait of 13 years, he makes the jump to the senior team. There's a lesson in that for everybody!
Shami and Bumrah are bowling tight lines and lengths. Since the wicket, there have been 6 overs bowled by them and there have just been 2 runs! One of those two runs was because of a no ball. Goes to show how much West Indies are facing a period pf pressure now. Can they see out this barrage from Shami and Bumrah? WI 38/1 in 14 overs
Runs dry up
Runs have dried up after the wicket of John Campbell. Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah are making the West Indies batsmen work hard for runs. Debutant Samrah Brooks faced a yorker and few bouncers from Bumrah to start his Test career. Brooks is yet to get off the mark. WI - 37/1 in 11 overs
Mohammed Shami gets the breakthrough, comes round the wicket to John Campbell and beats him with a yorker. Shami gets the breakthrough India were looking for. Maybe it would have been a good idea to give Shami the new ball and save Ishant for later. Campbell departs for 23 from 30 deliveries. WI - 36/1 in 8 overs
Shami into the attack
Mohammed Shami introduced into the attack and he gets hit for a boundary on the first ball. Kraigg Brathwaite drives the fuller delivery through the covers for a boundary. The next ball beats Brathwaite, some lateral swing for Shami.
Jasprit Bumrah bowls the first maiden over of the innings. Bumrah has kept the scoring rate down while Ishant has leaked runs. WI - 26/0 in 6 overs
Campbell hammers Ishant
This is quality stuff from John Campbell. The West Indies opener has hit Ishant Sharma for two back-to-back boundaries. He has hit four boundaries already. Virat Kohli might be inclined to replace Ishant with Mohammed Shami with the new ball. WI - 21/0 in 3 overs
Leave it like Smith
West Indies openers Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell are leaving the ball like Steve Smith. Unorthodox but effective if done right. Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah right on the money in the first over, just a single from the first over. WI - 12/0 in 2 overs
Expensive first over
Two boundaries from Ishant Sharma's first over. John Campbell showing positive intent right from the start. Not the ideal start India were looking for. WI - 11/0 in 1 over
West Indies' innings underway
West Indies openers Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell are in the middle. Ishant Sharma has the new ball in hand. The hosts' first innings is underway.