Virat Kohli played an inning of 121 runs
Ravindra Jadeja scored 61 while Ashwin scored 56.
New Delhi. Virat Kohli has made his 500th international match memorable. On the basis of Kohli’s 29th Test century, India scored 438 runs in the first innings of the second and last Test match of the series against the West Indies (IND vs WI) in Port of Spain. During this, Virat made a flurry of records. During this, he equaled 29 Test centuries of Australian legend Don Bradman. In the last session of the second day, the Windies also made a strong start. By the end of the day’s play, the Windies scored 86 runs at the loss of 1 wicket. Although the hosts are still 352 runs behind in India’s first innings.
Captain Kraigg Brathwaite and Tejnarine Chanderpaul gave Windies a great start. Both added 71 runs for the first wicket. Chanderpaul was caught by Ravindra Jadeja on a personal score of 33 by Ashwin. Brathwaite is unbeaten on 37 and Kirk McKenzie is on 14. Five batsmen scored 50 plus in India’s first innings at Queen’s Park. Kohli, who missed a century in the last Test, scored 121 runs in 206 balls. During his 76th century of international career (including Test, ODI and T20), he made a strong comeback for India by sharing a 159-run partnership for the 5th wicket with Ravindra Jadeja (61). Kohli was run out while Jadeja was caught by Joshua da Silva behind the wicket off Kemar Roach.
Ashwin played an inning of 56 runs
After lunch, Ravichandran Ashwin (56) scored a half-century and batted brilliantly with the lower-order batsmen to take the team’s score to 438 runs. He was the last batsman to be dismissed. As soon as he was out, the umpire announced the tea break. He shared 33 for the seventh wicket with Ishan Kishan (25) and 23 for the eighth wicket with Jaydev Unadkat (seven) to take the team past 400 runs. Ashwin hit 8 fours in his 78-ball innings.
Roach and Warrican took 3-3 wickets for the Windies
For the West Indies, Roach took 104 and Jomel Warrican took three wickets for 89 runs. Jason Holder gave 57 runs while Shannon Gabriel took one wicket. Before this, the first session of the day was entirely in the name of Kohli. He had no problem in scoring runs against West Indies bowlers. He hit 11 fours during his innings while scoring 77 runs. Kohli, who started the day with 87 runs, completed his century with a four off Roach. This is Kohli’s first century on foreign soil after 2018 (against Australia in Perth).
Kohli’s 12th century against Windies
This is Kohli’s 12th century against the West Indies and he is jointly second with Jacques Kallis in terms of scoring the most centuries against this team. Former great player Sunil Gavaskar (13) holds the record for most centuries against the West Indies.
Virat took 2 runs by running 45 times single and 13 times
The pitch at Queens Park Oval has been more helpful to the batsmen so far as compared to the first Test played in Dominica. Some balls were stopping and the West Indies bowlers were bowling hard against Kohli around the off stump. Kohli, showing a great understanding of the match, focused more on scoring one and two runs instead of playing aggressive shots. He scored one run 45 times and two runs 13 times. He hit nine out of 11 fours on the off side.
Jadeja also gave him excellent support from the other end. He completed his 19th half-century of Test career shortly after the completion of Kohli’s century. The third day of the match is going to be very exciting. It will be interesting to see whether the Windies team can capitalize on the good start.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 22, 2023, 06:17 IST