India vs West Indies, second test Day 3: Hanuma Vihari, Ajinkya Rahane take India closer to the series sweep
KINGSTON (JAMAICA): Hanuma Vihari & Ajinkya Rahane He approached India to a series sweep with an undefeated 111-race stand, helping visitors set an unlikely goal of 468 races for the West Indies on the third day of the second Test here on Sunday.
The in-form Rahane (64 not out) & Vihari (53 not out) got India's second innings back on track after the top-four were dismissed for 57 runs. The fifth-wicket partnership allowed India to declare at 168 for four, giving their bowlers 13 overs to have a crack on the struggling West Indies batsmen.
The West Indies were 45 for two at stumps & with their batsmen showing very little application in the series, the hosts are unlikely to get anywhere close to the massive target.
Interestingly, India had decided not to follow up despite gaining an advantage of 299 races by defeating the West Indies for 117 hours in the morning session.
The virat Kohli -led side struggled against top quality fast bowling from the West Indies & laboured to 73 for four in 37 overs at tea. However, the momentum was back with India in the final session where Rahane & Vihari extended their good run in the series.
Kemar Roach was all over the Indian top-order but the way Vihari played him was commendable. His 76-ball innings comprised eight fours including a delightful straight drive off Roach. Rahane too looked in control in his 109-ball effort that comprised eight fours & a six.
Both batters were able to score freely, but that was not the case in the afternoon session when the batters had to work hard for each race in a test field. The pacemakers of the West Indies, led by Roach, made the ball speak.
After dismissing opener Mayank Agarwal (5) before lunch, Roach came out firing on all cylinders & removed KL Rahul (6 off 63) & India captain virat Kohli (0 of 1) out of successive balls to be in a hat-trick.
Both were identical deliveries, throwing just off the stump before moving away a bit to take advantage. While it was a rare duck for Kohli, Rahul never got underway before returning to the locker room, leaving India at 36 for three.
Cheteswar Pujara (27 of 66) also found it difficult in the middle before West Indies captain Jason Holder beat him with a ball that rose sharply from behind a length, surprising the experienced Indian batter who turned it into a ravine .
The dismissal marked the end of the Pujara tour in which he failed to cross the 30-run mark in four innings, a complete contrast to his series-winning effort in Australia eight months ago. It was also a forgettable tour for Rahul, whose highest score in four innings was 44.
The West Indies, resuming the day with a lousy 87 for seven, hit for 14.1 surpasses before leaving everything in the morning session.
Previously, Roach (17 of 31) once again proved his worth with the bat when the specialized hitters surrendered to an uproar Jasprit Bumrah (6/27) He failed to increase his wicket account overnight after becoming the third Indian to take a test hat-trick.
Jahmar Hamilton (5 of 59) tested the patience of Indian bowlers before Ishant Sharma He got rid of him for his only ticket wicket.
The first to be fired on the third day was Rahkeem Cornwall (14 of 31) who could not deal with a well-run goalkeeper from Mohammed Shami, who gave Rahane a simple capture.
The West Indies did well to last a little over an hour in the morning session after not showing any application with the bat on day two when Bumrah wreaked havoc.