Windies fight back with three big wickets



Jason Holder provided the most important breakthrough for Windies by trapping Kohli LBW © AFP

Windies showed they are up for a fight, a pleasant change, as they kept India in check during the second session of Day two of the second Test in Hyderabad on Saturday (October 13). Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane kept the visitors at bay after two early strikes soon after Lunch. The Indian captain made 45 as India moved to 173 for 4 and trail Windies’ first innings total of 311 by 138 runs.

Windies were put under the pump in the first session by Prithvi Shaw (70 off 53) but managed to strike twice, early in the session to put the breaks on. Shaw, as expected, started the session with two boundaries but greed led to his downfall. Racing towards his second Test ton in just his second match, he slapped a Jomel Warrican delivery straight to cover in the third over of the session. Shannon Gabriel had Cheteshwar Pujara caught behind in the next over to leave India at 102 for 3 and his team with a small opening to force their way back.

However, their nemesis, Virat Kohli, continued to force them on the backfoot with his fluent and authoritative strokeplay. Kohli and Rahane scored 60 for the fourth wicket to stage a recovery after a wobbly start to the session. Rahane, understandably, was happy to bat around the India captain and spend time in the middle. Rahane got off the mark with a cover-driven boundary but soon went into his shell to ensure there was no further damage done. Kohli, who was tied down just a touch by Warrican, had no problems in switching gears and return to a comfortable rhythm.

India were dented with just 20 minutes to go for Tea when Holder brought himself back to remove Kohli. The length ball held its line and came in to hit Kohli in front. While he did review the ball was clipping the leg stump and Kohli was forced to walk back five short of his half-century.

Earlier, Shaw continued to bully Windies with some attacking batting and helped India get off to a fast start. Once Umesh Yadav’s six-wicket haul kept Windies to 311, Shaw took on Gabriel and Holder to ensure the pressure was taken off KL Rahul. However, Rahul wasn’t able to put his poor run behind him and struggled for 25 deliveries, for four, before falling to Jason Holder. He was too late in making up his mind and then eventually was late in pulling his bat out of the line. The ball took the inside edge and crashed into the stumps to give Windies the first break. Shaw’s attack, however, had by then ensured India already had 61 on the board in the ninth over.

Pujara kept things simple while Shaw continued to attack as India scored 80 for 1 in the first session. In the second over of the day, Roston Chase scored his fourth Test ton – second against India – after resuming on 98. That was the only moment to cherish for Windies in the session as Umesh dismissed Chase and then cleaned up the tail to end with 6 for 88 – his best figures in Test cricket.

Brief scores: Windies 311 (Roston Chase 106; Umesh Yadav 6-88) lead India 173/4 (Prithvi Shaw 70; Jason Holder 2-30) by 138 runs.

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