India vs West Indies Highlights 1st Test Day 2 in Antigua: Ishant completes fifer as Windies reach 189/8 at stumps
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Highlights: Ishant Sharma completed his fifer, as he dismissed Shimron Hetmyer and Kemar Roach in the same over. He previously had dismissed Shai Hope and Roston Chase in the final session. The right-armer seamer also picked the wicket of Windies opener Kraigg Brathwaite. On the back of his brilliant performance, India find themselves in front as West Indies reached 189/8 at stumps on Day 2, trailing India by 108 runs.
Earlier on the first day, Ajinkya Rahane’s 18th half-century anchored India’s revival at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Thursday. Reduced to 25 for three by opening bowlers Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel after they were put in to bat, Rahane underlined his immense value to a star-studded team with a gritty top score of 81 that helped lift the tourists to a more competitive position by the end of a rain-interrupted day.
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STUMPS ON DAY 2
West Indies go back to the hut after reaching 189/8. Ishant Sharma remains the star of the India’s bowling attack. The hosts are trailing by 108 runs, and the match is completely in India’s corner.
FIFER FOR ISHANT!
Kemar Roach has edged a delivery from Ishant Shamrma straight to Virat Kohli at second slip. Ishant Sharma has completed a five-wicket haul. WI 179/8
Shimron Hetmyer gives a catch straight into Ishant Sharma’s hands. This one was more difficult. He departs for 35. West Indies 179/7.
Edged and taken... Ishant Sharma provides another breakthrough. Shai Hope gets a soft edge and it goes straight into Rishabh Pant’s hands. The umpires take a look whether it has carried, and yes, it is safely in Pant’s gloves. WI 174/6
Hetmyer is looking solid
Hetmyer is looking solid in whites at the moment. He is batting on 24 in 39 balls, and has not played one bad shot so far. He could be the danger man that can turn the tide here.
The rainfall has stopped and the players are back in the middle. Hanuma Vihari will continue his over. Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope will resume with the bat.
Play stops due to rain
The covers are on and the players are off. Much like the first day, the final session has come to a halt due to rainfall.
150 up for West Indies
West Indies have crossed the 150-run mark. Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer are building yet another good partnership and once again India are searching for wickets.
West Indies are 160 runs behind
The match is in India’s corner but if West Indies managed to get one big partnership, all this could change. Windies are just 160 run behind India’s total. Shimron Hetmyer nad Shai Hope need to bat on throughout the day.
Roston Chase has chipped the ball straight to KL Rahul at short mid-on and he has to walk back for 48. Change in attack worked for Virat Kohli as Ishant Sharma gets the wicket. Chase is livid with himself. OH WAIT, IS THAT A NO BALL?! Nope, India get the wicket by a whisker! WI 130/5
With Bravo’s fall, Bumrah gets his 50th Test wicket. He now joins the list of fastest 50 wicket taker for India in test matches. In terms of matches taken, he is the joint 3rd fastest along-with N Hirwani and H Singh. In terms of innings taken, he is the joint 5th fastest along-with H Singh and BS Chandrasekhar
Shami back into the attack
Mohammed Shami has come back into the attack. The seamer enjoys a good record against Shai Hope. Smart strategy from Kohli to operate wicket-taking options.
100 up for West Indies
West Indies cross the 100-run mark with Roston Chase and Shai Hope building a resistance. WI 104/4. Meanwhile, Mayank Agarwal, at short leg, has suffered an injury.
Bumrah strikes in his first over after Tea. He has trapped Darren Bravo as he shuffled across. The umpire took no time in raising his fingers. Bravo reviewed, but it was a waste of one. WI 88/4.
Back into action
The final session has begun with Roston Chase and Darren Bravo in the middle for West Indies. Jadej starts off the attack.
The over from Ishant Sharma marks the end of the session. This is time for Tea. West Indies reach 82/3 at Tea, trail India by 215 runs.
Darren Bravo and Roston Chase are building a partnership. Ishant Sharma comes into the attack as India look to get one more wicket before Tea.
Bravo hits a six
Darren Bravo has hit the first six of the West Indies’ innings off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja. Bravo sees a fuller one and heaves it over square leg.
Ravindra Jadeja has sent back debutant Shamarh Brooks as West Indies look in a spot of bother with loss of their third wicket. Brooks edged one and it lobed up to first slip off Pant’s leg and Rahane held onto the catch.
Kraigg Brathwaite’s laboured innings has come to an end as Ishant Sharma has dismissed him for a score of 14 runs. It was a brilliant catch by Ishant off his own bowling.
Brooks looks steady
Shamarh Brooks is making his debut in this match for West Indies and has looked steady so far in the innings.
West Indies lose their first wicket as Mohammad Shami removes the dangerous John Campbell. Shami bowls a full delivery and Campbell edges it back into his own stumps.
Campbell on fire
John Campbell is striking the ball beautifully as West Indies have made the best possible start to their first innings. Both the openers are batting with aplomb.
West Indies have made a positive start to their innings as Campbell has managed to hit two boundaries off Ishant Sharma.
India all out
India have put on a score of 297 all out after a disastrous start. Brilliant batting from Ravindra Jadeja and Ajinkya Rahane have propelled India to that total.
Jadeja scores fifty
India are now in touching distance from 300 as Ravindra Jadeja scores his 11th Test fifty for them. It has been a brilliant half-century from the all-rounder who has continued to impress since the World Cup.
Shami goes first ball
Jadeja took a punt by a taking a single off the first ball. But Shami was caught and bowled by Roston Chase on the first delivery he faced. India now nine wickets down.
Ishant goes back to the pavilion after scoring 19 runs. Shannon Gabriel bowls a full off breaker and Ishant completely misses the line as it crashes into the stumps. Ishant played a good hand supporting Jadeja.
Vic Richards impressed by Ishant
Sir Viv Richards has been impressed by the technique shown by Ishant Sharma in this innings so far. He has said that Ishant has played well to negate the Windies bowlers.
Ishant ticking on
Ishant Sharma has continued to frustrate the Windies bowlers with some solid defensive strokes. The partnership between him and Jadeja is about to reach 50.
Jadeja with cramps
Ravindra Jadeja is getting treated for some cramps in his hands. It is not a good sign for India as it the bowling hand of Jadeja.
New ball taken
West Indies have opted for the new ball as skipper Jason Holder wants to end this partnership soon in order to bowl India out. The partnership is already worth 36 and these are crucial runs that this pair is adding. Virat Kohli will be pleased with what he is seeing at the moment.
Ten overs bowled today
India have now faced 10.1 overs in the morning session and have scored 32 runs. They have also lost the wicket of Rishabh Pant for 24. In one over, the second new ball will be due for Windies and they will be looking to bowl India out as soon as possible with the new cherry.
India going along nicely
Ravindra Jadeja and Ishant Sharma are keeping the scorecard ticking with the help of their cautious batting. Yes, few balls are evading the outside edge of the bat as well but so far so good for the visitors as far as this partnership is concerned. Jason Holder introduces himself for the time today as Windies look to break this frustrating stand.
First boundary for Ishant
Shannon Gabriel went for the yorker but missed his length and ended up bowling a full toss. Ishant opened the face of the bat and the ball went in between slip and gully fielders. First boundary of the day for Ishant and his partner Jadeja really enjoyed that and was seen smiling.
Ishant keeping prize on his wicket
Ishant Sharma seems to be like a man on a mission as he is playing with grit and determination. He hasn’t played a rash shot yet and wants to stay in the middle for as long as possible. Jadeja and Ishant together have played 23 balls so far and scored 17 runs.
Rishabh Pant is dismissed by Roach for 24 (47)
3rd consecutive times he has been dismissed by a fast bowler
This is Pant’s lowest score in his last 11 Test innings
Roach gets his 4th wicket, his 1st 4-fer against India in Tests
Jadeja crucial for India’s hopes
If India are to get anywhere close to the magical 300-run mark, Ravindra Jadeja will have to play a huge role. He will now have to bat with the tail and slowly and steadily build the Indian innings. He will have to hog majority of strike from here on.
Rishabh Pant departs
India have lost their first wicket of the day as Kemar Roach removes Rishabh Pant for 24. The southpaw edges the ball into the hands of Jason Holder in the slips. India are seven down now as Roach picks his fourth wicket of the innings.
Roston Chase completes his over by bowling the first ball of the day. Only 68.5 overs could be bowled yesterday and so the over gets finished today. Shannon Gabriel bowls now comes to bowl the first full over of the day. Ravindra Jadeja takes strikes and he will now face the first ball of the day.
Match about to begin
The players are set to make their way into the middle and the second day’s play is about to start in Antigua. The conditions seem perfect for cricket despite rain playing spoilsport yesterday. Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja will resume proceedings for India.
It seems we will have a full day of cricket today as the sun is shining bright at the venue. Day 1 was interrupted by rain and we could only have 68.5 overs of play. However, that is likely to change today as weather has turned for the good in North Sound.
Game plan for India on second day
Indian batsmen will look to score as many runs as possible with Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja in the middle. The two southpaws will be crucial if India are to get closer to the 300-run mark. The overcast conditions have assisted the seamers in the Test and Indian pacers will be eager to get out in the middle.
High praise for Jasprit Bumrah
“I would prefer to face Dennis Lillee rather than Bumrah because he doesn’t have a perfect action,” Richards was quoted as saying by Economic Times. “With Lillee you can see what he is doing, but not with Bumrah.In Bumrah, India have a diamond in their armoury. As long as he remains fit, he is going to trouble a lot of batsmen for a long time to come.” (Full story)
Unwanted record for India
The Indian cricket team were off to a disappointing start to their innings during Day 1 of the first Test. This was the first time after 16 innings that India lost their first two wickets for single digit. The last time this happened was way back in 28 June 2011 when Abhinav Mukund and Rahul Dravid were dismissed for 8 at Bridgetown.
Sunil Gavaskar lashes out
Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar was not pleased with India’s team selection: ““A man with that kind of record, especially against West Indies. He doesn’t find a place in this playing XI. That is stunning. Astonishing.”
Ashwin’s impeccable record against WI
Against West Indies, Ashwin has played in 11 matches and has picked up 60 wickets at an average of 21.85 and with a strike rate of 46.2. The last series India played in West Indies was back in 2016, he claimed 17 wickets and was the Man of the Series. Back then, he had raced away to 350 runs.
Ashwin’s exclusion raises eyebrows
India skipper Virat Kohli thew in a big surprise at toss time by revealing that off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin - India’s highest wicket taker in Tests in the current team - was not included in the playing XI for the first Test against West Indies at Antigua. India, instead, opted for Ravindra Jadeja as the lone specialist spinner in the side, along with three fast bowlers - Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah. The selection drew criticism from cricket fraternity with many suggesting that the selectors made a blunder in team selection.
‘We did a very good job with the ball’
“It was a normal Antigua pitch, where you would always get some moisture early on and help for the fast bowlers,” Kemar Roach said at the end of day’s play. “The ball came out pretty good today. It’s a place I love to play, I’ve had some success here before so I’m happy with how things have gone so far. It (pitch) flattened out a bit quicker today than usual, so we had to be patient and build some pressure and challenge the batsmen.”
‘I am not a selfish guy’
“I knew this question was coming and I was ready,” Ajinkya Rahane smiled when asked at the day end media conference. “As long as I am at the crease, I am thinking about my team, I am not a selfish guy. So yes, I am not too concerned about the hundred as I thought 81 on that wicket was really crucial as we are now in a decent position. See, as long as I am contributing for my team is what matters. Yes, I was thinking about my hundred but the situation we are in -- 25 for 3 was tricky. As I have said, I just thought if I could contribute for my team. I am not too concerned about my hundred as that will come automatically.”
Recap of eventful first day
Ajinkya Rahane made 81 as India advanced to 203 for the loss of six wickets at stumps on a rain-affected opening day of the first Test. Rahane, without a test century in two years, fell short of the mark again when he was bowled by paceman Shannon Gabriel, via an inside edge. His innings helped India steady the ship after they had been reduced to 25 for three on a day when West Indies won the toss and sent the visitors in to bat. Only 68.5 overs were bowled due to intermittent rain.
Hello and welcome
A very warm welcome to the live blog of the second day of first Test between West Indies and India. The visitors scored 203/6 on the first day of the Test which was interrupted by rain. Batsmen Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja will now look to build a solid partnership and take the Indian score past the 300-run mark at least.