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India vs West Indies 2nd Test Day 1 Highlights: India middle order stands tall after early wickets

India vs West Indies, Ind vs WI 2nd Test Highlights: India have ended Day 1 at 264/5, with Hanuma Vihari (42*) and Rishabh Pant (27*) being unbeaten at the end of the day.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: August 31, 2019 3:17:32 am
India vs West Indies 2nd Test Highlights: IND are eyeing another clean sweep by winning the second Test.

India vs West Indies (Ind vs WI) 2nd Test Day 1 Highlights: India have ended Day 1 at 264/5, with Hanuma Vihari (42*) and Rishabh Pant (27*) being unbeaten at the end of the day. West Indies won the toss and elected to bowl first on a greenish track at Sabina Park in the 2nd Test. India went in unchanged while the Windies handed debuts to Rakheem Cornwall and Jahmar Hamilton. India lost two cheap wickets in the morning session, with Mayank Agarwal (41*) and Virat Kohli (5*) taking India to the Lunch break at 72/2. Agarwal was dismissed for 55 in the second session. Kohli and Rahane then stonewalled the home team to take India to the Tea break at 157/3. Rahane (24) fell in the first over of the third session and Kohli was felled a little later for 76 – his highest Test score of the year so far – by Holder to put India into another spot of bother. Thereon, Pant and Vihari put on a 62-run stand to frustrate the home team.

India had kicked-off their World Test Championship campaign with a thumping win over West Indies in the opening match of the two-match Test series. Virat Kohli and Co. won the game by a mammoth margin of 318 runs and created a new record of winning a Test match by the highest run margin on foreign soil. Heading into the final Test, the Virat Kohli-led side would look to repeat their performance and complete a whitewash over a struggling Windies unit. Follow IND vs WI highlights here.

India in West Indies, 2 Test Series, 2019Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica 20 February 2020

West Indies  117 (47.1) & 210 (59.5)


India  416 (140.1) & 168/4 dec

Match Ended ( Day 4 - 2nd Test ) India beat West Indies by 257 runs

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India vs West Indies 2nd Test Day 1 Highlights:


    03:09 (IST)31 Aug 2019
    End of Day 1

    Vihari ends the day with another four. India end the day at 264/5 after 90 overs. Pant (27*) and Vihari (42) have brought up a 62-run stand to take the visitors to a comfortable position at the end of the day.

    03:04 (IST)31 Aug 2019
    Last over

    Vihari and Pant have done well so far. They might have vastly different reputations in Test cricket, but they are both batting at a similar strike rate in the mid 40s. Vihari, especially, has done his reputatio no harm. Another overpitched ball by Roach driven to the leg side by him in the last over.

    02:54 (IST)31 Aug 2019
    50 partnership comes up

    50 partnership comes up between Pant and Vihari. Comes off 93 balls. West Indies will be disappointed with this. They had opportunities to get into the game a few times today, but they've all gone past them. Roach again gets the whole of West Indies excited with a massive inswinger that raps Vihari on the pad. Umpire Reiffel is unmoved though. He probably thinks the ball did too much and it would have gone down the leg stump. Roach is not to be deterred. He sits with head in hands for a while, but he is back up soon to bowl the next one - an outswinger which leaves Vihari in two minds before crashing into the keeper's gloves. Excellent stuff from him again. Last 2 overs left in the day now.

    02:46 (IST)31 Aug 2019
    Roach troubles Pant

    Roach is swinging it away from Pant with the new ball as the batsman is left in two minds. Does he cut it? Or does he leave it alone? Best to err on the safe side at this stage of the day. Last ball of the over draws a leading edge from Pant. Travels safely over the infield though. Roach will be a disappointed man but still there is a smile on his face. That's been the story of the series for him. Maximum effort. Beautiful execution. Very little results to show. IND 248/5 after 86 overs

    02:39 (IST)31 Aug 2019
    Vihari drives with aplomb

    The overpitched ball seems to be a bad idea when bowling to Vihari. He is swatting those away with ease. Gabriel, who looks unfit, is bowling with the new ball along with Roach. Ian Bishop is horrified with how Gabriel is faltering in his length to Vihari as the batsman drives him again for four. That's a 'take me off bowling' ball from him, says Bishop. These are expensive runs, but even more importantly, this is transferring the pressure from the batsmen on to the bowling unit. IND 245/5 after 85 overs

    02:31 (IST)31 Aug 2019
    Second new ball

    West Indies go for the second new ball in the 84th over. As expected, Roach the bowler. Three slips in place. And he raps Vihari on the pad with his first ball. This could be an interesting passage of play coming up. 

    02:30 (IST)31 Aug 2019
    Too many extras

    Another four runs down past the keeper for four byes as Cornwall continues bowling. 10 byes and 10 leg byes in this innings now. Pant is reading the spinners well. Might not be a good idea for the West Indies to persist with their spinner for too longer. A burst of pace at the end now, if it can produce one or two more wickets, will see the home team end the day with a decent advantage.

    02:22 (IST)31 Aug 2019

    First six of the match! No surprise who hits it. Rishabh Pant, of course. Can India hold fort till the end of Day 1? Cornwall bowls the 81st over. So, West Indies not taking the new ball just yet.

    02:12 (IST)31 Aug 2019
    Pant gets his first boundary

    Rishabh Pant gets his first 4 of the match. There's a lot of pressure on the young man. With veteran Wriddhiman Saha on the bench, there being question marks over his Test temperament, could Rishabh Pant prove his critics wrong today? If he and Vihari can bat through to the end of the day, it would be a good start. Meanwhile, West Indies go to their two spinners, with 4 overs left for the new ball.

    02:06 (IST)31 Aug 2019
    New ball strategy

    Looks like Roach will take the new ball when it is available 6 overs later. However, with Holder bowling a long-ish spell now, wonder who will bowl with him. Gabriel has been off-colour today. Or will West Indies not opt for the new ball straightaway. Vihari is using his wrists to perfection. Azharuddin and Laxman would have been proud of his flick to the leg side for four against Holder in the 75th over.

    01:54 (IST)31 Aug 2019
    Kohli goes

    Kohli falls for 76. Holder the man who strikes again! West Indies cannot hold their delight at getting the big fish. Kohli tentatively poked his bat at a wide and short ball. The ball took quite a thick edge and went through to the keeper. In any case, 76 is the highest score Kohli has managed in Tests this year so far. Rishabh Pant walks out. IND 202/5 after 72.2 overs

    01:51 (IST)31 Aug 2019
    200 up for India

    200 comes up for India in the 71st over. Meanwhile, it is looking like nothing can get in between Kohli and a 26th Test ton today. He is on 76 now and he is looking more and more undismissable as the day is wearing on. This is already his highest Test score in 2019. IND 202/4 after 72 overs

    01:44 (IST)31 Aug 2019
    Vihari goes big

    Vihari slams Cornwall down the ground again. That lands just inside the ropes. One drop and over the ropes. That was almost the first six of the match. IND 198/4 after 70 overs
    Time for West Indies to start thinking about the second new ball and who will operate it for them. Gabriel has been quite off-colour today. Can he convince his captain he can do better in this last session? Holder is continuing meanwhile.

    01:36 (IST)31 Aug 2019
    Vihari finds his feet

    Vihari is starting to look a little more confident. Drove Roach down the ground with what might be the shot of the match so far. Maybe because of that, Roach is taken off the attack. Cornwall and Holder back bowling in combination. They were the home team's best bowlers over the first two sessions.

    01:19 (IST)31 Aug 2019
    Kohli counturpunches

    India may be in a bit of a bother here after Tea, but Kohli will not hold back. Hits Cornwall down the ground for four runs. And again! Two fours in the over. He moves into the 60s. IND 178/4 after 63 overs

    01:11 (IST)31 Aug 2019
    Rahane out

    Kemar Roach strikes in the very first over after Tea. Ajinkya Rahane is caught behind. And that's a maiden Test catch for Jahmar Hamilton. Vihari the new man in. Cornwall is bowling from the other end but it is that man - Kemar Roach - who is causing a few flutters in the Indian camp at the moment. Vihari survives a loud lbw appeal in the next Roach over. West Indies go for the review and lose it. They have no reviews remaining.

    00:42 (IST)31 Aug 2019

    Good session for India. India have added 85 runs to their score in this session, having lost the one wicket - of Mayank Agarwal. Kohli and Rahane have taken the away team to a strong position with this partnership. And it shall be captain and vice-captain walking out to continue batting in the last session of the day. India 157/3 after 59 overs

    Be back for action in another 20 minutes.

    00:37 (IST)31 Aug 2019
    Nearing Tea break

    Kohli and Rahane look to have done the job they had set out to do - stonewall the West Indies bowlers, wear out the period of pressure. And so, like in the 1st Test, Kohli and Rahane have taken India from a position of danger to a position of safety as we head to the third session. Both batsmen playing safe and confident strokes. Troubling signs for the home team. Worryingly for them, Gabriel has looked very off-colour. Has gone for 44 runs in his 9 overs today. Cornwall to bowl his 17th over, and this should be the last over before the break.

    00:31 (IST)31 Aug 2019
    Big innings coming?

    Last 12 50+ scores for Kohli in 1st innings: 235, 204, 213, 243, 153, 54, 149, 97, 139, 123, 82, 50*
    Are we set for another 'daddy hundred' today? With the top 3 back in the pavilion, India could do with a special knock from their captain at Sabina Park.

    00:25 (IST)31 Aug 2019
    50 for Kohli

    50 for Virat Kohli! It's not been easy today but the skipper has played some scintillating strokes.

    00:21 (IST)31 Aug 2019
    Cornwall's 3 wickets

    There have been three West Indies players who have been Involved in the first 3 wickets of the match to fall on Test debut: 
    LN Constantine (2 wkts, 1 ct) v Eng Lord's 1928
    AL Valentine (3 wkts) v Eng Manchester 1950
    RR Cornwall (1 wkt, 2 cts) v Ind Kingston 2019

    Learie Constantine and Alf Valentine are not bad company to keep for any debutant.

    00:17 (IST)31 Aug 2019

    Magnificient shot from Kohli - an extra cover drive - for four. There had been no boundaries for the last three overs, that is a special way of breaking that drought. Kohli inches towards his 50. Rahane takes up the cue in the next over. Displays excellent footwork to get to the pitch of the ball by Chase and drives it to the same area as Kohli had in the last over. 

    00:13 (IST)31 Aug 2019
    Runs dry up

    Kohli and Rahane seem to content to take India to the Tea break without further incident. There have been 22 overs in this session already. Roston Chase and Shannon Gabriel are now bowling from either end. Both have failed to make too much of an impact in this match yet. Are the West Indies also putting their feet off the gas a bit here? That would be a very bad idea with these two in the middle, as we saw in the 1st Test.

    23:59 (IST)30 Aug 2019
    Kohli-Rahane combo outwit West Indies

    Kohli hits a four through gully, Holder gets a fielder there. Kohli, never short of options, just drops the next ball for a quick single and Rahane responds as if he knew what was going on in Kohli's mind. Excellent to see such chemistry. Up to the skipper and his deputy to dig in deep and continue playing such intelligent cricket. And then Rahane hits a four, his first of the match. That should get his tail up. IND 132/3 after 48 overs

    23:44 (IST)30 Aug 2019
    Halfway mark

    Kohli and Rahane take India to the halfway stage of the second session as a drinks break is taken. These two have amazing chemistry between them when batting, as we saw in the 1st Test. Kohli has now moved into his 30s, while Rahane is still nurturing his fledgling 12-ball innings. IND 118/3 after 44 overs

    23:36 (IST)30 Aug 2019
    What a debut by Rahkeem Cornwall

    Cornwall had taken social media by storm after he was named in the Windies Test squad. He has taken the field quite by storm today. Has played a part in all three Indian wickets to fall today. Took the catches that ended the stays of Rahul and Agarwal and got the wicket of Pujara himself. Not a bad start to his Test career at all!

    23:29 (IST)30 Aug 2019
    Wicket! Mayank goes for 55

    Wicket! West Indies get their 1st wicket of the session. Mayank Agarwal is out for 55. Holder gets his 2nd wicket. 2nd catch for Rahkeem Cornwall as well. Well, that will peg back the Indians a little. Ajinkya Rahane comes out at No.5. IND 115/3 after 40.5 overs

    23:20 (IST)30 Aug 2019
    Review by Mayank overturns decision

    Mayank Agarwal is given out caught behind. He goes for the review. And the decision is overturned. There was a big gap between bat and ball. Ultraedge shows a line as flat as the waves on the Dead Sea. Wonder what the umpire heard! Even Roach, the bowler, lacked conviction in his appeal. Maybe the sound of the bat hitting the pad deceived the umpire.

    23:18 (IST)30 Aug 2019
    50 for Agarwal. 100 up for India

    50 for Mayank Agarwal! His 3rd Test 50. What is more important from India's perspective is that he is still out there. Gabriel, who has struggled to find his rhythm today, has been taken off. Kemar Roach and Jason Holder now bowling from either end. The momentum of this innings is slowly being wrested away from the home team's grasp by this partnership. This is the highest partnership in this innings so far. India 110/2 after 38.3 overs

    23:11 (IST)30 Aug 2019
    Sir Viv is back

    Sir Viv Richards is back in the commentary box: "To all the fans around the world, I want to say I have recovered. I am OK and I have returned (to do commentary)," Richards said on air. "No bowler in the world could do it to me, that was done by nature (meaning heat). We have to respect nature,"
    The 67-year-old Richards, who has been doing commentary along with pre and post-match analysis complained of uneasiness before the match while on air. While a stretcher was brought, Richards left the ground with the help of two volunteers. He was taken to hospital and medical staff said that he suffered dehydration and heat stroke.


    23:06 (IST)30 Aug 2019
    50-run partnership

    50-run partnership is up between Kohli and Agarwal. It is Kohli who has taken the responsibility of hitting the scoring shots after the break. He has quickly moved to 24. Mayank is still in his 'fidgety 40s'. There have one boundary each in the last three overs. India are looking more comfortable after the break. Of course, whenever Kohli looks comfortable, India look comfortable.

    22:57 (IST)30 Aug 2019
    Four for Kohli

    And there's the first four off the bat in this session. Kohli brings his bat down to a full delivery. The ball flies through the gap on the leg side. That's a confident-looking shot. Would do wonders for Kohli's confidence. He moves into double figures. Gabriel, strangely, is seeing having some trouble with his delivery stride. Has pulled up twice in this over. 

    22:53 (IST)30 Aug 2019
    4 byes

    We have the first boundary of the session. Comes after a wickedly swerving delivery by Gabriel misses everything on way to the fence. Kohli swung at it. Missed. The keeper dived to collect it. Missed. Four runs to the scoreboard. India's score moves to the 80s. 81/2 after 33 overs.

    22:44 (IST)30 Aug 2019
    Session 2 begins

    Virat Kohli and Mayank Agarwal resume batting for India after Lunch. Rahkeem Cornwall rewarded for his spell in the first session by giving him the responsibility of starting things off after the break for West Indies. Cornwall is into his 10th over. Surprisingly, Shannon Gabriel has just bowled three overs so far. And yes! It is him who is given the ball at the other end.

    22:08 (IST)30 Aug 2019
    Lunch on Day 1

    So its lunch on Day 1 at Sabina Park! IND- 72/2 with Mayank Agarwal batting on 41* & Virat Kohli on 5* . Rahkeem Cornwall has picked a wicket on his debut.  A testing morning for India with a help in the wicket for the bowlers.

    22:00 (IST)30 Aug 2019
    West Indies Review

    West Indies have challenged the onfield call.  And without a doubt it is because they have Kohli on a duck! A lot of turn and Virat Kohli fails to read it and is beaten. But nothing shows on the UltraEdge- impact in line and---- it's missing the leg stump. Not a wise descision to go upstairs. So, West Indies have lost one review.

    21:59 (IST)30 Aug 2019
    50 up for India

    Cornwall to Agarwal, 3 runs, goes deep in his crease and works the floated delivery down to fine leg, does Agarwal. Three runs more to the total and that also brings up the fifty!

    21:22 (IST)30 Aug 2019
    Rahkeem Cornwall strikes

    A maiden Test wicket for the Windies allrounder and it's the big scalp of Pujara for 6. You do not cut a spinner on day 1 and Pujara pays the ultimate price. The extra bounce from the pitch did him in as he hits it straight to Brooks at backward point. The big man- Cornwall is delighted. IND- 46/2

    21:01 (IST)30 Aug 2019
    Time for Drinks

    The first hour of play comes to an end. IND- 36/1 after 13 overs. Mayank Agarwal is batting on 18 and giving him company is Cheteshwar Pujara, who is yet to open his account after facing 14 balls. Quite an interesting period of play where India began well but lost Rahul early. Since then its been slow going for the visitors. The weather is hot and humid and it seems like pacers will be used in short bursts

    20:40 (IST)30 Aug 2019
    IND lose their first

    GONE! Jason Holder gets rid off KL Rahul and its debutant Rahkeem Cornwall who takes the catch at first slip. The ball pitched on a good length area and did just enough to get the edge to fly to Cornwall at first slip. Holder might be the bowler to watch for WI on evidence of that first over. He was not just getting sideways movement but also good bounce.  IND- 32/1


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    West Indies (From): Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Shamarh Brooks, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope(w), Roston Chase, Jason Holder(c), Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Jahmar Hamilton, Rahkeem Cornwall

    India (From): Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha