Virat Kohli is eyeing for another big win in the second and final Test against the West Indies as they posted 416 in their first innings. India West Indies 2nd Test Day 2 saw the hosts could be seen reeling at 87/7 by the end of day two. The showmen for India West Indies 2nd Test Day 2 was Hanuma Vihari and Ishant Sharma with the bat & Jasprit Bumrah once again delivered a match-winning performance with a deadly spell. Let’s have a look at the complete story-
Pant needs a big score now
India West Indies 2nd Test Day 2 began with Vihari on 42 and Pant on 27. The first ball of the day and Pant was gone. Jason Holder picked up from his day one form and yet again was on point. A perfect inswinger, Pant was leaning into to drive on the up, but that went past the inside edge to clatter the stumps. Rishabh Pant once again failed to work on his good starts. Vihari, on the other hand, as determined as ever kept on playing his game without caring much about disruptions. Ravindra Jadeja was there with him for a very brief partnership but soon India were 302/7.
Vihari and Sharma show
Then arrived Ishant Sharma and Vihari finally found an able partner. Both added 112 runs for the 8th wicket. Sharma got his maiden Test fifty and Vihari finally scored his first Test hundred. Sharma scored his maiden fifty in Test cricket in his 126th innings. Only James Anderson (131) needed more innings for maiden fifty in this format than Ishant Sharma. Vihari, on the other hand, took 225 balls to score the ton with 16 boundaries. He sort of ended all the controversies around his selection with this knock. Once Sharma was out Indian innings was soon wrapped up for 416 runs.
Jason Holder took the final wicket of Vihari and completed his tally of five wickets for 77 runs. Rahkeem Cornwall ended with 3/105 to end as the second best bowler for the Windies.
One man show
When the hosts came to bat, Kohli trusted his most loyal bowler in the unit with the new ball. The skipper demanded and Bumrah supplied with wickets at regular intervals. He was lethal with the new ball in hand and struck immediately at the early stage of the Windies innings. Once he picked up the first wicket, he became more dangerous. His first prey came when the Windies were on 9, and then on 13, he took two back to back wickets. Darren Bravo and Shamarh Brooks were dismissed by the speedster. Bumrah was on a hat-trick.
Kohli review system?
Bumrah came steaming in with the hat trick ball and it hit Roston Chase on the pads. Interestingly Bumrah did not appeal but Kohli was certainly interested. He checked with the bowler for a possible bat and went for the review. It was a brilliant decision as the DRS confirmed no bat and the ball hitting the stumps! Three reds and Jasprit Bumrah got the hat-trick.
Jasprit Bumrah became only the 3rd Indian to take a hat-trick in the Test cricket. Harbhajan Singh against Australia in the 2001 Kolkata Test and Irfan Pathan against Pakistan in the 2006 Karachi Test are the other players with a Test hat-trick for India. He also completed his 5-wicket haul in 35 balls; the 4th fastest 5-wicket haul by an Indian in Tests.
For West Indies, Shimron Hetmyer was the highest scorer with 34 off 57 and Holder scored 18 runs. Jason Holder became the 5th player with the all-round double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets in Test cricket for West Indies. The WI captain needed 39 matches for this feat.
West Indies 1st innings 87/7 ( Shimron Hetmyer 34; Jasprit Bumrah 6/16)
India 1st innings 415 (Hanuma Vihari 111, Ishant Sharma 57; Jason Holder 5/77)