Rain disappointed India in second Test against West Indies, Match abandoned, India won the series by 1 -0.

Rain disappointed India in the second Test against West Indies, Match was abandoned, India won the series by 1-0.

 Rain disappointed India in the 2nd Test against WI at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain in Trinidad. Match draw, India won the series by 1-0.

2nd Test abandoned due to rain, India won the test series by 2-1 against WI
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     Key Highlights of 2nd Test [ day 1 ] Match against WI Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain in Trinidad.

     [ 1 ] West Indies won the toss and elected to ball first.

     [ 2 ] Yashasvi Jaiswal and Rohit Sharma opened the inning. both scored their fifties.

     [ 3 ] 3 sessions were played in a day, 1st and 3rd session was comfortably won by India and 2nd [ post-lunch ] session was won by WI.

     [ 4 ] WI took 4 wickets in the post-lunch session including both set openers.

     [ 5 ] Virat Kohli touch the landmark of 500 international appearances in cricket,

     [ 6 ] Kohli looked solid at the crease and scored his 50.

     [ 7 ] Kohli became the 10th  player with 500 appearances in International cricket.

     Yashasvi Jaiswal and Rohit Sharma opened for India. They both gave a solid and strong start in the first session. Both completed their fifties. Yashasvi Jaiswal scored 57 runs in 74 balls with 9 fours and a six and Rohit Sharma scored  80 runs in 143 balls with 9 fours and 2 sixes. Openers produce a partnership of 139 runs. Jason Holder break this partnership and got Jaiswal out.

     The clearly first session was won by India but West Indies struck back with venom after Lunch. The home side took four wickets and stemmed the run flow. West Indies dominated the second session as they sent back Rohit Sharma, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, and Ajinkya Rahane as both teams headed for Tea. India had dominated the first session with fifties from Rohit and Jaiswal but West Indies put on the brakes in the next one.

     All hopes of the West Indies ending the day in control were quickly dashed by a determined Virat Kohli, who found an ally in Jadeja. Both restored India’s control of the game and the visitors were in a good position at 288/4 at the end of day one. Virat Kohli on 87 and Ravindra Jadeja on 36 were at the crease at the stump and put on a 100-run partnership after India fell 4 wickets before tea on Thursday which help India to recover from 2nd session dent.

     Key highlights of Day 2 :

     [ 1 ] King Kohli, “The Run Machine” emulates Sir Don Bradman with 29 Test Ton.

     [ 2 ] This was Kohli’s 76 century in 500 international appearances.

     [ 3 ] Ravindra Jadeja and R. Ashwin also scored their half-centuries.

     [ 4 ] West Indies fight back on 2nd day.

Kohli scored his 29th Test ton and equalize Sir Don Bradman's record.
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    India vs West Indies 2nd Test Day 2 match from Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad. King Kohli “The Run Machine” will look to complete his 29th Test century as he will resume batting from 87* in his 500th international match. This was Kohli’s first international century overseas since 2018. His last ton in overseas Tests came in December 2018 when India was on tour in Australia. Virat Kohli, who missed out on a hundred in the previous Test, made amends with a polished 121 runs in 206 balls, with this hundred he equalize Sir Don Bradman’s record of 29 test match hundreds this is his 76th hundred in 500 international appearances. Kohli looked in good control on the Day 1 of the second Test and took his time before taking on the West Indies bowlers. He shared a crucial 106-run stand with Ravindra Jadeja in the final session to help India recover from the post-lunch session.

     Ravindra Jadeja also complete his 19 half-century [ 61 runs 152 balls ] and stitched a partnership worth 159 runs with Kohli. Who got run out on 121 in 206 balls.

    India continued their dominance even after Jadeja was later dismissed on 61 off 152 with Ravichandran Ashwin coming in and continuing his fantastic batting record against the West Indies. Ashwin was the last man to fall, scoring 56 off 78 and his wicket also signaled the end of the second session as well the Indian innings. The visitors [ India ] were all out for 438.

    West Indies showed the better application to start well against India in the first innings. On a slow surface, both openers Captain and Tagenarine Chanderpaul then got the Kraigg Brathwaite West Indies off to an attritional start, ensuring that they don’t lose a wicket for much of the session. They stitched a partnership worth 71 runs for 1st wicket. But Ravindra Jadeja brings the first breakthrough for India. Chanderpaul got out on 33 runs in 95 balls.

    Debutant Kirk McKenzie looked impressive with his solid defense and some good-looking shots as West Indies ends the day’s play, trailing by 352 runs. West Indies finish with 86/1 in 41 overs at Stump’s on Day 2, Kraigg Brathwaite, and Kirk McKenzie in the middle, captain Kraigg Brathwaite batting at 37 off 128 balls, Kirk McKenzie batting at 14 off 25.

    Virat Kohli speaks after the stumps,
“I really enjoyed myself out there. I was in the rhythm I wanted to be in. Started off in challenging times. I switch on during these times. When I have something to overcome, I get charged up. I had to be patient as the outfield was slow. It was very satisfying as I had to do the hard yards. I have got 15 centuries away from home; I have got more hundreds away than at home. I have got a few fifty-plus scores. I just have to focus on what I have to do for the team. I try to help the team. These stats and milestones mean something to me when the team needs me. Firstly, very grateful I got to play 500 games for India. I looked after myself. Training, sleep cycle, rest, and diet. Converting 1 into 2s is an easy run for me. It helps me to stay off the pressure. Fitness helps me in all formats. I can field with intensity in all formats. I want to keep playing at the top of my fitness ability. West Indies and India go a long way. It is a special occasion for me. Couldn’t have asked for a better beginning to the Test. There is a sense of history to this ground. The crowd loves their cricket here. Antigua and Here are my two favorite venues in the Caribbean. Adelaide in Australia and The Bullring in South Africa are my favorites as well. The wicket is slow. Wickets in bunches won’t come. If we can stay in the game and put the scoring rate down, hopefully, we can get a few wickets.”

     Key Highlights of Day 3:

     [ 1 ] Multiple rain interventions, disturb the third day.

     [ 2 ] Skipper Kraigg Brathwaite showed a solid display of 75 runs from 235 balls.

     [ 3 ] WI post 229/5 at stumps and trail by 209 runs.

     [ 4 ] Jadeja and Siraj gave some dents to the host.

    Alick Athanaze and Jason Holder helped West Indies post 229/5 at Stumps on Day 3 but the hosts still trail by 209 runs. Earlier, Rain returned to play spoilsport again as India was well in command after Tea with the fall of Jermaine Blackwood and Joshua Da Silva, courtesy of Mohammad Siraj bowled Joshua da Silva after Ravindra Jadeja got the wicket of Jermaine Blackwood in the third session. However, India failed to take any wickets with the new ball on the third day. In the second session, Ravichandran Ashwin gave India the much-needed breakthrough by dismissing Kraigg Brathwaite.

    Despite a resilient half-century from Kraigg Brathwaite, India restricted the West Indies batting to 174 for 3 at tea on the third day of the second Test on Saturday. Brathwaite (75 off 235 balls) put up stiff resistance and was helped liberally by a largely lifeless pitch. Starting their overnight at 86 for 1, the West Indies showed some strength. Brathwaite and Kirk McKenzie added 46 runs for the second wicket as Windies easily crossed 100.

    Debutant fast bowler Mukesh Kumar got his maiden Test wicket by dismissing McKenzie for 32 but rain forced an early lunch. In the middle of the session, Ashwin got the big wicket of Brathwaite with a beautiful off-break that sailed past his bat and pad, ending a 40-run partnership for the third wicket between the Windies skipper and Jermaine Blackwood.

    Alick Athanaze (37 not out) and Jason Holder (11 not out) were at the crease when umpires called for Stumps.

    Despite several rain disruptions, India has tightened their grip on West Indies as the hosts are reeling at 229 for 5 at the end of the third day of the second Test. West Indies trail by 209 runs, with Alik Athanaz (37) holding the fort along with Jason Holder (11). There was not much in store for the Indian bowlers as the pitch remained cool enough for their efforts. However, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Mohammed Siraj managed to find moments of magic and tilted the balance in India’s favor. Ashwin’s late-dipping off-break to castle Kraigg Brathwaite (75) was absolutely uncanny. The Indians will hope to wrap up the Windies’ innings early on the fourth day to take the lead. 

     Brief score: West Indies 1st  Innings: 229/5 in 108 overs ( Kraigg Brathwaite 75, Alick Athanaze batting 37, Kirk McKenzie 37; Ravindra Jadeja 2/36, R Ashwin 1/58) Vs India: 438 all out.

     Key Highlights of Day 4:

     [ 1 ] Multiple rain interventions, disturb the day.

     [ 2 ] Mohammed Siraj lead the seam bowling attack and took 5 wicket haul.

     [ 3 ] India played aggressively in the second inning and scored 181/2 in 24 overs.

     [ 5 ] India set a target of 365 runs for the host.

     [ 6 ] Rohit [ 57 runs in 44 balls ] and Ishan [ 52 in 34 balls ] made quick half-centuries.

     [ 7 ] WI were 76/2 at the stump and India needed 8 wickets for a clean sweep.

    The hosts started the day at 229/5  and lost 5  wickets for just 26 runs to give India a huge lead. In the absence of Mohammed Shami and the injured Jasprit Bumrah, India’s pace spearhead Siraj has taken over the responsibility in the Caribbean. The West Indies batsmen found him unplayable as the 29-year-old used the scrambled seam to perfection, as he often does. However, it was debutant Mukesh Kumar who demolished West Indies in the first over of the day, trapping southpaw Alyque Athanaz (37) with an inswinger. Play resumed half an hour before the scheduled time after rain washed out time on the third day. Siraj took 5 wickets in 23.4 overs and conceded 60 runs at an average of  2.54 best career figure. Siraj completed the second five-wicket haul of his Test career with another quick scrambled seam delivery that was too good for number 11 Gabriel. India wrapped up the Windies’ first innings quickly on 255 all out in response to India’s first-inning total of 438 runs.

 These 5 quick wickets in the morning session kept India’s hope alive for a clean sweep. India had enough time to set West Indies a tough target. The score was 98 for one and he added 20 runs in three overs before an early lunch break due to rain. But several rain interruptions left India in trouble. On the 4th day of the match, West Indies lost two important wickets while chasing the target of 365 runs. The match goes on the final day.

     Meanwhile, Ishaan Kishan scored a half-century and India declared their second innings at 181/2. Kishan played an unbeaten inning of 52 runs off 34 balls. Earlier, Rohit Sharma scored a half-century in the first session before losing his wicket to Shannon Gabriel. India’s captain scored 57 runs in 44 balls. India, who raced to 98 for one before an early lunch was taken due to rain, added 20 runs in three overs Ishan Kishan also scored an unbeaten 34 in 52 balls in his second Test and shared an unbeaten 79-run partnership with Shubman Gill (29 off 37). Keeping the level of the game in mind, Kishan made the opportunity count with a powerful effort including four fours and a few sixes, coming in at number four ahead of Virat Kohli. India declared 35 minutes after the tea break to set the home team a 365-run target. India raced to 100 runs in 12.2 overs, the fastest team hundred in Test cricket history.

    Chasing 365 for victory in the second Test against India in Port of Spain, West Indies made 76/2 at stumps on the fourth day. Ashwin took both the wickets of Kraigg Brathwaite (28) and Kirk McKenzie (0) in the final session. At stumps, openers Tagnarin Chanderpaul and Jermaine Blackwood were batting on 24 and 20 respectively with West Indies still needing 289 runs to win the match and level the series by 1-1. Skipper Kraigg Brathwaite scored 28 runs in the top order. Ravichandran Ashwin took two wickets on 33 runs for his team and India needed 8 wickets for a clean sweep by 2-0.

      Earlier, India declared their second innings at 181 for 2 during the final session on the fourth day, setting West Indies a tough target of 365 to win the second Test. When the innings were declared on a rain-affected day, Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan remained unbeaten on 29 and 52 respectively. The rain allowed only three overs in the afternoon session as India extended their lead to 301 runs at tea.

Siraj took 5 wicket haul.
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Ishan scored a quick half-century in the second inning.
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    Brief Scores at stump on day 4: India: 438 and 181/2 in 24 overs (Rohit Sharma 57, Yashasvi Jaiswal 38, Shubman Gill 29 not out and Ishan Kishan 52 not out; Shannon Gabriel 1/33). West Indies 255 and 76/2 in 32 overs (Kraigg Brathwaite 28; Tagenarine Chanderpaul 24 batting; Ravichandran Ashwin 2/33).

R Ashwin contributed from the ball as well as the bat.
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The Indian skipper scored half-centuries in both innings.
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     Key Highlights of Day 5 :

     [ 1 ] it’s rain, rain. rain and only rain.

     [ 2 ] Match was abandoned on the 5th and final day.

     [ 3 ] Not even a single ball was balled on the final day.

     [ 4 ] India won the Test series by 1-0.

     [ 5 ] Mohammad Siraj won the Player of the Match trophy with his career-best figures.

     [ 6 ] R Ashwin won the Player of the Tournament trophy with his 15 wickets and a 10-wicket haul in the first match.

  Indian skipper Rohit Sharma said “Every win is different. Playing in WI has its own challenge. Happy with the way things went. We gave it a good shot, unfortunately, we couldn’t get any play today. We actually went out with a positive intent yesterday. The rain had its final say. We were quite confident. You know how difficult it is batting last. We always wanted that kind of score where we wanted the opposition to go for it. There wasn’t much on the surface. No play today, unfortunate for us. Siraj, I have been watching closely. He’s taken such a giant step. He has led this attack. I don’t want anyone to lead the attack. I want everyone to lead when they are having the ball in their hand. You want the entire pace battery taking the responsibility. You need guys like Ishan. We wanted quick runs, we promoted him, he wasn’t afraid. He was the first one to put his hand up. In Test matches, you need guys who stabilize the innings like what Virat did, he played superbly. You need a mixture of everything. We have depth, and we have got variety. We are in the right place. It’s about getting the job done. I always believe in getting better as a team. I said after the WTC final as well. We’ve played consistent cricket. That’s what we are looking at. We want to focus on all three aspects of the game. We need to be a good fielding unit. Bowlers how to respond under pressure. What sort of mindset batters go in with under challenging conditions That’s what I am looking forward to.”

     West Indian skipper Kraigg Brathwaite said “We showed some fight in this game with the bat. Bowling-wise, we can be more disciplined. It was a good comeback from the batters. We lost five wickets yesterday, that wasn’t good. Top-order batting 100+ overs is pleasing. We were positive, we had 98 overs on a pitch that was relatively good. It was on. Unfortunately with the weather, we didn’t get a chance. Alick looked good from the word go. In the Dominica Test, he belonged. They have good pitches in Australia. Continue working on your game, come and enjoy it. Kirk looked good in his first match. These two guys have promise. They are the future. I have a lot of belief in these two. It’ll be good to have some camps, some match practices. Using Kookaburra balls. Preparation is important. We need to bat for long periods against good teams. Some countries have club cricket going on.”

     Player of the Match Mohammed Siraj “This is my first Player of the Match award in Tests, very pleased. There wasn’t much help for the pacers. I kept my plans simple and executed. When you pick wickets in conditions like this, you get loads of confidence. Rohit bhai asked me to believe in myself, not take any pressure and enjoy.”

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