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Umesh ended with 6 for 88 – his second five-wicket haul and his best figures in Tests. © AFP
Windies started the day with hope but it all came crashing down as they folded for 311 in the first session on the second day of the second Test against India in Hyderabad on Saturday (October 13). India in reply raced off the blocks and were 80 for 1 at Lunch with Prithvi Shaw dominating proceedings with an unbeaten 42-ball 52.
Roston Chase started the day just two away from his fourth Test century but before Windies could celebrate the milestone Umesh Yadav struck in the first over of the day. The pacer got one to take the inside edge of Devendra Bishoo’s bat and crash into the off stump to give India just the start they needed. Chase got to his century – his second against India – in the very next over with a flick to the on side off Kuldeep Yadav.
Chase was the next one to fall when Umesh got one to go past the inside edge to end the 189-ball defiant stay. Chase’s innings was the perfect example the Windies batsmen should follow with one innings to go in the series. He showed tremendous application, picked the spinners well and was decisive in his shot selection. He will, however, rue the lack of support from the top order and only Shane Dowrich and Jason Holder managed to play around him. The Windies innings didn’t last long as they added 14 runs to their overnight score with Shannon Gabriel bagging a first ball duck. Umesh ended with 6 for 88 – his second five-wicket haul and his best figures in Tests – while Kuldeep bagged three.
Once the innings folded, it was a Shaw show till the Lunch break. India started positively with KL Rahul getting off the mark with three on the first ball. Shaw attacked Gabriel to pick up 15 in the over. Holder too wasn’t allowed to settle down and the pressure put by Shaw had the Windies bowlers rattled. They were wayward at best, gave too much width on both sides and played to Shaw’s strengths. Rahul, on the other hand, came out determined to put his poor show behind him.
He, however, went into his shell before Holder had him dismissed. Rahul was too late in making up his mind, was too late to leave the ball and the ball took the inside edge and crashed into the stumps. India by then had already raced to 61 in the ninth over with Shaw on 42. Windies had another opportunity to pull things back a touch but missed the opportunity. In the 12th over, Shaw went back to cut a Warrican delivery but slashed it to first slip. Shai Hope was late in getting his hands up and shelled the chance before the opener raced to his first half-century off just 39 balls. Pujara looked solid right from the start as the India duo stayed unbeaten to push the visitors on the backfoot.
Brief scores: Windies 311 (Roston Chase 106; Umesh Yadav 6-88) lead India 80/1 (Prithvi Shaw 52*) by 231 runs.