New Delhi. Team India has tightened its grip on the host West Indies in the second Test as well. At the end of the fourth day’s play, Windies have lost 76 runs and 2 wickets while chasing the target of 365 runs. The West Indies team was dismissed after scoring only 255 runs in the first innings. Fast bowler Mohammad Siraj took 5 wickets. Team India scored 438 runs in the first innings. In this way he got a huge lead of 183 runs. In response, the Indian team batted furiously in the second innings. On the basis of half-centuries of Rohit Sharma and Ishaan Kishan, India declared the second innings by scoring 181 runs for 2 wickets in 24 overs. It is known that the Indian team is ahead 1-0 in the 2-match series. The Indian team has won the last eight Test series against the West Indies. His eye is on winning the 9th series in a row.
Team India made a rapid start in the second innings. Rohit Sharma hit a half-century in just 35 balls. He was dismissed after scoring 57 runs off 44 balls. Hit 5 fours and 3 sixes. Yashasvi Jaiswal scored 38 runs off 30 balls. Both added 98 runs in 11.5 overs for the first wicket. Shubman Gill remained unbeaten on 29 off 37 balls and Ishaan Kishan scored 52 off 34 balls. Ishaan hit 4 fours and 2 sixes. This is the first half-century of his Test career.
Ashwin gave 2 big shocks
Chasing the target, the West Indies made a smooth start in the second innings. Craig Brathwaite and Tejnarayaran Chanderpaul added 38 runs for the first wicket. Brathwaite became R Ashwin’s first victim by scoring 28 runs off 52 balls. Ashwin did not even allow Kirk McKenzie to open the account. He got out after scoring zero runs on 4 balls. Tejnarayan is playing 24 off 98 balls and Jermaine Blackwood is playing 20 off 39 balls. Team India needs 8 wickets to win on the last day on Monday.
Lost 5 wickets by adding 26 runs
Earlier, Mohammad Siraj destroyed the lower order of the West Indies by taking 5 wickets for 60 runs in 23.4 overs. West Indies started the day with 229 runs for 5 wickets and lost the remaining 5 wickets by adding 26 runs. In the absence of Mohammed Shami and injured Jasprit Bumrah, Siraj, who is leading India’s fast bowling attack on Caribbean soil, fulfilled his responsibility well. The West Indies batsmen found it difficult to face him in the morning session.
Mukesh gave first success
India’s first breakthrough of the day was given by debutant Mukesh Kumar. Mukesh lbw Alyque Athanaje (37) in the very first over of the day. To make up for the loss of overs due to rain on the third day, the match started half an hour early on Sunday. Siraj achieved the first success of the day in the form of Jason Holder (15), who caught wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan on a swinging full length ball.
Siraj then sent Alzarri Joseph (04) to the pavilion. The on-field umpire did not dismiss him, but the decision went in India’s favor after taking DRS. Siraj got 5 or more wickets in the innings for the second time in his career by dismissing number 11 batsman Gabriel.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 24, 2023, 06:32 IST