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India vs Windies - 2nd Test

Series: Windies tour of India, 2018
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Date: 12-16 October 2018

India 75/0 (16.1 Ovs) RR: 4.64 | India won by 10 wkts


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Prithvi Shaw Not OutNot Out334540
Lokesh Rahul Not OutNot Out335311
Cheteshwar Pujara dnbdnb0000
Virat Kohli dnbdnb0000
Ajinkya Rahane dnbdnb0000
Rishabh Pant dnbdnb0000
Ravindra Jadeja dnbdnb0000
Ravichandran Ashwin dnbdnb0000
Kuldeep Yadav dnbdnb0000
Umesh Yadav dnbdnb0000
Shardul Thakur dnbdnb0000
Extras 9 (b 6, lb 2, w 0, nb 1)
Total 75 (0 Wkts, 16.1 Ov)
BowlingO M R WEcon
Jason Holder4 0 17 0 4.25
Jomel Warrican4 0 17 0 4.25
Devendra Bishoo4.1 0 19 0 4.63
Roston Chase4 0 14 0 3.50
Kraigg Brathwaite0 0 0 0 0
Kieran Powell0 0 0 0 0
Shai Hope0 0 0 0 0
Shimron Hetmyer0 0 0 0 0
Sunil Ambris0 0 0 0 0
Shane Dowrich0 0 0 0 0
Shannon Gabriel0 0 0 0 0

The floodlights have taken full effect as we wrap up speeches late into the evening. This is the closest India could get to pink ball cricket. Kohli finally gets his hands on yet another piece of silverware. The BCCI would soon need a new office to be storing these trophies India keep lapping up at home. It may not have been the best of sides, or hard fought in any sense, but they'll happily bask in the glory of their 2-0. For now, this is Vineet Anantharaman signing off on behalf of Pradeep Krishnamurthy, Sriram AS, Abhinand Raghavendran, Nikhil Jadhav "@IamNicck" and our scorer Nagaraju. Until the ODIs, ta ta!!


Last three home series for India against WI, a debutant went on to win Man of the series:
R Ashwin in 2011
Rohit Sharma in 2013
Prithvi Shaw in 2018

Man of the series on debut series:
S Ganguly vs Eng, 1996
J Rudolph vs Ban, 2003
S Clark vs SA, 2006
A Mendis vs Ind, 2008
R Ashwin vs WI, 2011
V Philander vs Aus, 2011
J Pattinson vs NZ, 2011
Rohit Sharma vs WI, 2013
Mehedi Hasan vs Eng, 2016
Prithvi Shaw v WI, 2018


Kohli (2/2): Bowling was never the question overseas and I have always maintained that if we could bat better we could win overseas. I am pleased to see these guys taking twenty wickets. I am sure we've learnt from the last series, we applied ourselves better in India with the bat much better and we'd like to take that ahead as well. This game was tougher, because to be honest the bowlers didn't get very favourable conditions to bowl in the last game, the batters got runs and the wicket was very flat. Obviously Jason coming in with more experience knows how to get wickets and he was very consistent. Jinks batted beautifully here, he got a great innings in Nottingham and he was a big positive for us. Rishabh batted well with him and it is something we want to see a lot more of when the team is in trouble. I want to thank the crowd as well, they were outstanding and they supported us really well.

Virat Kohli | Winning skipper (1/2): We didn't expect it to finish in three days in the morning to be honest. WI played really well to put us in a tough situation and getting 56 runs was a bonus after the situation we got ourselves into. We would have liked a much bigger lead, but again with the ball we were clinical and we needed to step up. At home where we understand the conditions very well, we know how to put the opposition under pressure and how to create that pressure. We thought the game could go onto the fifth day if the teams kept playing the way they did. We were really good today and deserved to win. If you look at the three guys who've come in they've grabbed their opportunities really well - Vihari in England, Rishabh has been doing the job wonderfully for us in the middle and Prithvi getting the MoS in his first series was outstanding. But I would like to single out Umesh. Shardul broke down in the first spell and Umesh deserves what he's achieved in this game. I am pleased to see how he's stepped up for us in the absence of Shami and after Shardul got injured. He keeps giving more than 100 percent every time in the field. We all are happy for him, he's worked really hard and has waited for his chance to step up for us. He is the standout performer for me in this game as far as I am concerned. It is a great luxury to have; we have a problem of plenty now, Umesh taking ten wickets here, the three bowlers who played in England and it is a headache we have. But that is a better situation to be in rather than having to find bowlers who would do the job for you.

Prithvi Shaw | Man of the Series: It was a happy moment for me and finishing the game for India means a lot for me. It is my first series, winning 2-0 and winning the Man of the Series makes it all the more special. Everyone is like a family; there is no senior or junior. It is a great journey and I am looking forward to a lot of it. I don't know what is happening next, I just want to enjoy this moment.

Umesh Yadav | Man of the Match: First of all I would like to thank my teammates for their support. I knew that I was the only fast bowler playing and felt that I had a good chance. I just kept going for wickets and kept trying my best. We are enjoying each other's company; it is very healthy competition and keep helping each other, playing for each other and for the team.

Jason Holder | Losing skipper: A little disappointed with the way we batted in the second innings. I thought we fought our way back in the game after the fightback yesterday we tried to push forward today. But credit to India, they played commendably and did the basics better than us. In hindsight a lot of seamers got wicket, Umesh got ten wickets, I got a fifer and maybe Shannon got a few wickets as well and an extra seamer would have helped. It didn't spin as much as we'd expected it to. We need to apply ourselves more, need to give ourselves a better chance with the bat - bat deep after getting set in. Personally I am in a good head space at the moment; I am playing good cricket and try working hard on my game while playing through aches and pains. I love playing Test cricket and it is my favourite format. I enjoy coming here and putting up a good performance.


STAT-ATTACK - courtesy Deepu Narayanan

Most consecutive Tests vs an opposition without a loss:
47 Eng v NZ (1930-75)
30 Eng v Pak (1961-82)
29 WI vs Eng (1976-88)
24 Aus v SA (1911-52)
24 WI v Ind (1948-71)
22 Pak v Ind (1980-99)
22 Aus v NZ (1993-11)
21 Ind v WI (2002-18)*

Winning most home series in succession:
10 Aus (1994/95-2000/01)
10 Aus (2004-2008/09)
10 Ind (2012/13-present)

India's last ten home series:
Beat Aus 4-0, 2012/13
Beat WI 2-0, 2013/14
Beat SA 3-0, 2015/16
Beat NZ 3-0, 2016/17
Beat Eng 4-0, 2016/17
Beat Ban 1-0, 2016/17
Beat Aus 2-1, 2016/17
Beat SL 1-0, 2017/18
Beat Afg 1-0, 2018
Beat WI 2-0, 2018/19

Ten wicket wins for India:
vs Pak, Mumbai BS, 1952
vs Pak, Chennai, 1980
vs NZ, Hyderabad LBS, 1988
vs Eng, Mohali, 2001
vs Zim, Harare, 2005
vs NZ, Hamilton, 2009
vs Ban, Mirpur, 2010
vs WI, Hyderabad RGS, 2018


Ravi Shastri: Lot of positives for us. When we are playing at home it's easy to get complacent and get carried away. We wanted to develop on all the good habits by being professional and closing out the sessions. When you lose one fast bowler, you have another one who stands up and takes 10 wickets. He (Umesh) sat on the bench for four Tests in England. But he grabbed the opportunity presented to him, so really happy for Umesh. It's been done only four times (10-wicket haul by Indian pacers at home). Kapil did it, remember Javagal did it once. Umesh has given us a selection headache and I like this headache. He (Shaw) is born to play cricket. He's been playing since the age of 8 in the maidans of Mumbai, you can see all that hard work showing. He's a spectator's delight. There's a bit of Sachin there, a bit of Viru in him and when he walks - there's a bit of Lara as well. I think Rahul will be fine. Probably he's thinking too hard about his game. He just needs to relax, he's a world class player. When he gets in, it's difficult to stop him. Pant is another such youngster. He's such a good batsman and is good with the gloves as well. We have to go on according to the present form for team selection (when asked about Pant or Saha) in Australia.

Pant - It has been a good experience for me playing Test cricket. The team is very helpful, everyone is helping me to grow in terms of batting and keeping. I think about that only a little (on missing out of his ton), I need to convert these into hundreds in the future. My goal is to keep playing for a long time for the country.

Rahane - It was good fun (on the partnership with Pant), I was trying to control him yesterday, but it was hard. We knew one good partnership would put them (West Indies) down. It was good that he played within himself. I wanted to bat long, this innings helped me a lot. I wanted to create some good habits, just wanted to spend some time. Throughout the series, we played well, everyone batted well. Credit to Umesh, he bowled really well, 6 wickets in the first innings, four in the second, he bowled wonderfully well.

It is often believed that this West Indian batting starts at number five, but that wasn't the case either in the second innings. And to be fair, apart from Holder's bowling, it would be very difficult even to find a positive in consolation. Probably, them looking a shade better than the side that came here in 2013 could be it. They've been on the rise over the last few years, but today was a bad dampener. Yet, Holder would have his crisp wise words and Kohli would have his long sermon as Sanjay Manjrekar lines up the presentations ..

17:16 Local Time: Shaw takes a stump, walking off to applause as Hyderabad find a newer decibel level in their voice. These third days are meant to be moving days, not finishing days. A day that started with only one-and-a-half innings done, with India still in the trail. But the Windies first opened it up with the ball, skittling the set batsmen, denying them centuries to ensure they restrict the lead to under 60. And just when things looked to be getting close, hoping for some sort of a Headingly, or probably a Barbados, or even a Sharjah, they collapsed very dramatically. After all, Umesh Yadav found his fiery self - with all the luck by his side too - finishing with four wickets today, most of them breaching defences of not-so-good defences.

PRITHVI SHAW (18y 339d) is the second youngest to hit the winning runs in a Test after Pat Cummins (18y 198d) against SA in Joburg in 2011

Bishoo to Prithvi Shaw, FOUR, no wasting time here. Shaw spots the wide flighter, leans forward and drills it with a lot of anger through the covers. As comprehensive as wins get -- 10 wickets, two days and leaving eleven scarred souls
Roston Chase to Rahul, no run, a nudging block off the front leg, mid-wicket
Roston Chase to Rahul, no run, full, making Rahul stretch in defence. Looks like Rahul is doing a Dhoni here by letting Shaw have the winning hit
Roston Chase to Rahul, no run, sliced away, but again, without the intent to get the gap
Roston Chase to Rahul, no run, very tight on off. Rahul wants to make room, but realizes there's no point doing it. Ends up punching it back

The field comes in as expected. Surely Rahul has to look to go over

Roston Chase to Prithvi Shaw, 1 run, an on-punch, using the depth of his crease to ride the bounce as he knocks it to long-on. Scores level
Roston Chase to Rahul, 1 run, skewed away off the outside half, running away through point when Rahul had intended it for mid-off

Okay, this time, final over?

Bishoo to Rahul, 1 run, full, drifting in on leg. Flicked away to the right of mid-on
Bishoo to Rahul, no run, quick skidder again. Rahul just doesn't have the room to do anything with it but defend
Bishoo to Rahul, no run, 83kph, skidding quicker, with Rahul staying on the back foot and punching it to mid-on
Bishoo to Rahul, no run, a calm stroke through the line helping the spin to cover
Bishoo to Prithvi Shaw, 1 run, 78kph, defends for the turn, but it isn't really there, taking the inside-edge into an empty mid-wicket
Bishoo to Rahul, 1 run, down the pitch, whipping against the spin to deep square leg

Final over?

Roston Chase to Rahul, 1 run, a soft-handed dab into the covers
Roston Chase to Rahul, no run, looped up generously outside off. Rahul can't get under though, drilling it straight to cover
Roston Chase to Rahul, no run, a checked defence getting forward and low
Roston Chase to Prithvi Shaw, 1 run, a wristy drive against the turn to long-on
Roston Chase to Prithvi Shaw, byes, 2 runs, turn, bounce, but all of it is down leg. Shaw can't lay bat on, the keeper can't get across in time either and the fielder nearly escorts it into the fence. The umpire tests Shaw's honesty - asking him whether he got any bat on it, nah. India into single digits
Roston Chase to Prithvi Shaw, no run, a tall-stanced knock back to the bowler
Bishoo to Rahul, no run, 85kph, around off, Rahul walks across, cramping out the room for himself
Bishoo to Prithvi Shaw, 1 run, to the pitch, digging it against the turn to deep mid-wicket
Bishoo to Rahul, 1 run, 83kph, short again, pitching on middle, turning away slowly and giving Rahul that extra bit of time to pick his gap for his back foot punch. It's mid-wicket


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