WI vs IND 2nd Test Day 1 Highlights and Report: West Indies’s comeback by slaying four wickets was soon neutralized by the ‘strong’ innings of Virat Kohli, who is playing his 500th international match with a bunch of records to break, along with Ravindra Jadeja at the crease. Their partnership has created an unbroken 106 runs on the scoreboard, in which Kohli is closer to getting his 76th century by scoring 87 runs.
Blazing Start by Rohit and Yashasvi
After a scintillating century in the last Test, Yashasvi looked like he was on a mission for another spectacle. In fact, he was until the West Indies gave the first knock to India, snagging his wicket when the score was 139.
‘Well yeah, it’s just a wicket, and we have Rohit in form!’ This might have gone through the minds of Indian fans. But, West Indies gave them another disappointment when Rohit Sharma (80) fell in front of Jomel Warrican, who flummoxed the Indian skipper with a peach of a delivery. According to WI vs IND 2nd Test Day 1 Highlights and Report, West Indies’ ferocious attack didn’t stop there, as they took two quick wickets to crumble India to 184/4. But again, Virat Kohli and Ravinder Jadeja wore the saviour’s shirt to take India to an inspiring total of 288/4 on the first day.
Saviour’s in the Cockpit
After the quick knock on the head from West Indies, Virat and Jadeja started on the back foot, playing cautiously by relying on singles and doubles. When the innings seemed stable, Kohli opened the boundary deadlock by sending Kemar Roach’s delivery to the covers for a four. Jadeja soon showed off what he can do with the bat by exploiting Roach’s delivery to hit the boundary with a beautiful cover drive shot.
Both batters gained momentum, and Kohli touched the half-ton mark by arching Jomel Warrican’s delivery up in the air. Both batters flurried occasional boundaries along with cautious singles to take India past 250. After that, Kohli sent Warrican to four to reach 80 runs, putting India back in the driver’s seat. Both veterans stayed tall in front of the stumps to end the day in command.
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Earlier, Rohit Sharma and Yashaswi Jaiswal had turned on the ‘cruise control’ button, marching fiercely into the West Indies bowling attack to give India an aggressive start. As per the WI vs IND 2nd Test Day 1 Highlights and Report, They showcased an ‘Indian Bazball’ style with a strike rate closer to 5, scoring boundaries abundantly. They added 14 fours and 3 sixes to their collectibles prior to lunch. Rohit reached fifty in style by smacking a couple of sixes to the pavilion in 77 balls. Yashaswi was even quicker to secure his fifty, as he needed just 49 deliveries to reach there.
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Both batters made their second consecutive century partnership and what looked like another West Indies nightmare. With wayward bowling and a lack of confidence, the West Indies seemed like they were on a Journey that they didn’t book the ticket for.
But it is cricket, and your fate could change in seconds, as it did for West Indies. It was Jaiswal who was hunted, and it was Jason Holder who was the hunter. Jason guided Jaiswal into the hands of Kirk Mackenzie, and even they might not have thought that it was a breakthrough to start with. Jaiswal shared his disappointment after the match, stating:
“Whenever I bat, I always try to bat for long. There’s of course disappointment when we get out. It’s cricket, we need to keep learning what we can do next time. It’s always a pleasure to play for the country, to enjoy the pressure, to enjoy the situation, enjoy the wicket, the environment.”
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After Jaiswal’s dismissal, India quickly lost four wickets and slumped to 182 for 4 by Tea. Gill and Rahane fell quickly, Rohit followed them, and India sensed danger. But Kohli and Jadeja took over to help India tackle the tides on Thursday.
WI vs IND 2nd Test Day 1 Highlights and Report: Score Summary
Score: India 288 for 4 (Kohli 87*, Rohit 80, Jaiswal 57, Holder 1-30, Warrican 1-55) vs West Indies
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