In the second Test against the West Indies, Team India is clearly in the driver’s seat. Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari were brilliant yet again and did a great job with the bat. Even though the bowlers were tested slightly on this day, West Indies is still miles away from a victory. With still two days left, India will be fancying an easy victory.
The hosts started Day 3 with an overnight score of 87/7. Jasprit Bumrah ripped them apart on Day-2. However, they added some important runs to their tally early on Day 3. Rahkeem Cornwall scored 14 while Kemar Roach mustered 17. Thus, the Caribbean team managed to push the first innings total to 117 before they were bowled out. While everyone expected India to enforce a follow-on, Virat Kohli chose otherwise and decided to bat again in the Test match.
In the second innings, both the openers failed and were dismissed by Kemar Roach. While Mayank Agarwal got out for 4, KL Rahul scored 6 runs. Soon, Virat Kohli was also dismissed by the same bowler for a golden duck. He forced the Indian skipper to play at a delivery that straightened at the last moment. Thus, it found his outside edge and the keeper took an easy catch. Cheteshwar Pujara looked to be in decent touch but a delivery with an awkward bounce got the better of him after he scored 27 runs.
India was down to 57/4. But Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari came to the rescue with quickfire half-centuries. Both of them added together with an unbeaten 111-run partnership. While the vice-captain scored 64, the youngster piled on 53 runs before Inda declared at 168/4.
West Indies batsmen do a decent job in the final phase of play
To chase an improbable target of 468 runs, the West Indies batsmen came out to bat towards the end of the day. However, Jasprit Bumrah couldn’t run through their batting order this time. It was Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami who provided the breakthroughs dismissing both the openers. In 13 overs, West Indies’ scoreboard read 45/2 with them still requiring to score another 423 runs to win the match.
Twitterati expressed surprise that Virat Kohli didn’t opt to enforce a follow-on. They enjoyed the batting display of Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari. Also, the fans expressed surprise about Kohli getting out for a golden duck.
Here is how Twitterati reacted:
2019 just avg year for @imVkohli still Avgs 60 🤘
— K I R A N (@TarakFanatic) September 2, 2019
India starting to find @VVSLaxman281 in Vihari. He stands much like @ImRo45 and is a team man like dravid. Congrats to @imVkohli for such inspired selection. @ESPNcricinfo #indiavswestindies
— Mohit Srivastava (@TweetsMohit) September 2, 2019
SUCCESS OF VIRAT KOHLI WON'T SURPRISE YOU,BUT HIS FAILURE WILL.
-THAT'S GREATNESS ❤ pic.twitter.com/R1XYKCzuTz
— Waleed Ahmad 🇵🇰 (@WaleedAhmad06_) September 2, 2019
Virat Kohli In Test Cricket This Year(2019):
23, 9, 51, 76, 0
Total – 139, Average 27.9
Steve Smith In Test Cricket This Year(2019):
144, 142, 92
Total – 378, Average 126.00
Clearly Very Clearly Who's The Best Batsman In The World!!
— Tanuj Kumar Singh (@TanujKumarSin17) September 2, 2019
No harm in thinking about @ImRo45 as an opener in Tests against South Africa. The intent has to come from the team leadership. What say?
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) September 1, 2019
The Test match at Headingly suggested that Test cricket is thriving.
The Test match in Jamaica is suggesting that it’s dying.
Truth lies somewhere in between. Neither thriving, nor dying. Spectacle between two equally matched sides. Drab when the contest is among unequals.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 1, 2019
Yes, THAT SHOT! One for the cameras courtesy @Hanumavihari 📸📸#TeamIndia #WIvIND pic.twitter.com/WElqcoeNkl
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 1, 2019
Fewest Tests to 50 wicket-keeping dismissals
10 Mark Boucher
10 Jonny Bairstow
10 Tim Paine
11 Adam Gilchrist
11 Rishabh Pant#WIvIND #INDvWI
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) September 1, 2019
"And now, Jasprit Bumrah is coming to bowl"
Batsmen:#WIvIND #INDvWI #JaspritBumrah pic.twitter.com/xNhfjTl7PA
— CricBlog (@cric_blog) September 1, 2019
KEMAR ROACH HAS TWO WICKETS IN TWO BALLS INCLUDING VIRAT KOHLI FOR A GOLDEN DUCK! pic.twitter.com/YkkBQfJU5o
— ICC (@ICC) September 1, 2019
Gavaskar is at least wickedly witty. He said, with a perfectly straight face "Well, they have umpires call because sometimes the bails don't fall when the ball hits them". And Swann didn't get it. So on the next question, Gavaskar had to clarify "I was joking back then".
— cricketingview (@cricketingview) September 1, 2019
Indian team management/selectors must be lauded for managing Bumrah’s workload. Playing only the matches that really matter to his team, for it’s imperative that he’s bowing full steam always. And is injury free. #WIvIND
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 1, 2019
Kemar Roach has been a shinning light for this West Indies team. The effort the seamers have put in over the last 3 seasons is exemplarary.
— Ian bishop (@irbishi) September 1, 2019
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