India in West Indies, 2 Test Series, 2019
Venue: Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
Date: 30 August-02 September, 2019
RR: 3.50 | India beat West Indies by 257 runs
So that is it from this game and this series! It has been all India and they have won their first Test series of the ICC WTC campaign. West Indies, on the other hand, have a lot to ponder about. However, there is still some time before they play their next Test Match. That is all we have got for you, until next time, take care and goodbye!
Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, says they played really good cricket over the four days and they got the result they wanted. Admits they were put under pressure few times especially while they were batting but they came out well. Further adds Vihari was the standout performer and the contributions from Rahane, Agarwal and Ishant were excellent as well. States it was a game full of grit and determination. Tells Vihari is very solid and is very confident about his game and the dressing room is calm when he bats. Also says he is always eager to learn and improve and that shows in his batting. On becoming the most successful Indian Test captain, Kohli credits his team without whom it would not have been possible. Ends by saying Windies' bowling was really good, especially Holder and Roach and they were expecting that before the series.
Man of the Match, Hanuma Vihari, says the maiden ton feels very good especially after he missed out in the last game. Mentions he wanted to be out there and was looking to stitch partnerships which would take his team to a good total. Reckons you need to be patient and selective about which balls to hit and which not to. Informs he took the same approach in the second innings and it went well for him. Further adds he is looking forward to playing a Test match at home as it is a great feeling playing in front of the home crowd.
West Indies skipper, Jason Holder, says that he is disappointed with the performance. Mentions that they have to pay special attention to the batting department. On the bowling performance, he feels that his bowlers always come and give their 100 percent. On India, he replies that they are a quality side and bowled extremely well. Also admits the West Indies needed to bat a lot better which they failed to do so in this series. On the pitch, he states that the wicket was a good one and he has no complaints about it.
The Windies batters though did show signs of some fight with Brooks scoring his maiden half ton. A couple of other batters also showed some resilience but it was always going to be an uphill task. Once Brooks was run out, they fell like a pack of cards with Jadeja and Shami picking three wickets each. All in all, it has been a dominating series for the Indians and they have justified why they are the Number 1 Test side at the moment. Stay tuned for the presentation.
India did have the chance of enforcing the follow-on but they did not do so. They batted again and added 168 runs to the lead of 299 they got after bowling the Windies out for 117. India's best batters in the series did well for them as both Rahane and Vihari notched up half tons. The visitors then declared with around an hour to go on Day 3 and also managed to take 2 wickets.
In reply, the Windies batters once again had no answers to one of the best bowlers going around, Jasprit Bumrah. He demolished the Windies batting line-up with a 6-fer, which included a hat-trick. Just the one Windies batter scored above 20 in the first innings and after that only one result looked likely.
This game also turned out to be another one-sided one in favor of the Indians who did not lose a game on the whole tour. Everything, absolutely everything has gone wrong for the Windies right from the start. They won the toss and elected to field, a decision which could have been questioned. Yes, the conditions on Day 1 were suitable for bowling but the Windies bowlers did not make complete use of it. They let India get a massive score with Vihari getting to his maiden ton. Kohli and Agarwal also made handy contributions.
Just less than two sessions is the answer to the question we asked in the opening text today. Another excellent performance by the Indian bowlers. It was even better in the second session as they made quick work of the remaining 6 wickets.
Shannon Gabriel is the last man in.
DRINKS! Kemar Roach is the new man in.
Rahkeem Cornwall is the new man in.
Has Jadeja got another? They have gone upstairs to check the front foot. It looks really close.
Jahmar Hamilton is the new man in.
A direct hit and it has been taken upstairs. Is Brooks short? You never know, direct hits are always close.
Mohammed Shami is back on!
Jason Holder is the new man in.
Jasprit Bumrah is on now!
Ravindra Jadeja to bowl from the other end.
We are back! The Indian players make their way out to the middle and take their respective positions in the field. Jermaine Blackwood and Shamarh Brooks also make their way out to the middle. Ishant Sharma will start the proceedings for the visitors.
... Day 4, Session 2 ...
India, on the other hand, were getting the ball to swing but were quite wayward. Jadeja was probably the pick of the bowlers. Ishant and Shami were good in bits and pieces. They though are way ahead in the game and just need to be patient. Join us for the second session in a while.
Jason Holder will be happy with his batsmen in this session. It did not start in the best of manner for the Windies as Bravo went back retired hurt early on. Brooks and Chase though, then surged a decent stand and took the Windies above the 100-run mark. The hosts then lost Chase and Hetmyer in quick succession and it seemed the floodgates have been opened but Blackwood, the concussion substitute, along with Brooks, who was dismissed of a no ball, have done really well so far. Still there is a long way to go and they need to keep going.
Hanuma Vihari is on now!
Trying to analyze the no ball rule. Or the REVISED no ball rule. Murali Kartik explains to us very efficiently about the technicalities. Earlier, the landing of the foot was looked into only when the bowler was releasing the ball. However, as per the new rules, the landing of the foot is only checked, irrespective of the ball release. So the cameras show us replays of the Jadeja no ball. He lands his foot with his heel over the line. Fair. NO BALL. But he has not released the ball! And when he does let go of the cherry, the heel is back in the crease. So, what Murali Kartik is trying to tell us is - this rule is plainly for the fast bowlers as it is practically impossible to delay your delivery while bowling fast and landing your foot. But while adjusting to the faster men, the spinners are facing the brunt of the rule. Tough luck.
Jermaine Blackwood is the new man in. He is the one who replaces Darren Bravo who is suffering from concussion. This is the second time this is happening. The first was Labuschagne replacing Smith in the Ashes Test.
Shimron Hetmyer comes into bat.
Review time! Chase has been given out here for LBW! Chase goes for a review after a consultation with his partner.
DRINKS! West Indies have done well here. Although Bravo walked off feeling unwell early on in the session, Brooks and Chase have applied themselves well to see the first hour unscathed. India have bowled decently but have not been able to pick a wicket. They have been a little too wide and are probably trying a little too hard. They just need to be patient and wickets will come.
Review time! India have gone for a review here against Roston Chase. It looks close. Let's see what the replays show.
Ravindra Jadeja is on now!
Ishant Sharma, the birthday boy, is into the attack for the first time today.
Now then! Bravo is walking off. He maybe is still feeling the effects of the blow on the head by a Bumrah bouncer yesterday but you would not say so after seeing the last shot. This could be a big blow if he does not come out to bat again. Roston Chase walks out to replace him.
Jasprit Bumrah will bowl from the other end.
We are all set to begin! The Indian players are in a huddle before making their may out to the middle. Shamarh Brooks and Darren Bravo are also out there in the middle. Mohammed Shami will begin the proceedings for the visitors.
Daren Ganga is out there for the pitch report. Says that there is inconsistency in the bounce as short deliveries have kept low on certain occasions. Further says that there are cracks near the Michael Holding end. Ian Bishop joins him and says that the pitch looks better near the Courtney Walsh end. Further goes on to say that the pitch is still good for the faster bowlers. He says that there will be not much swing today as compared to Day 1 and Day 2.
Ishant Sharma, the birthday boy, is down giving an interview. He starts by saying he made his debut at a young age and hence, it seems he has been playing for so long. Further adds he still feels young and is fit to play more. Says Bumrah is an impact bowler and then jokingly say, they ask him to ease off so that they can also pick wickets. Smiles and says they have a lot of fun in the team and despite him being the senior, they still joke around with him. States he recently added the skill of bowling from round the wicket to the left-handers and also getting the ball to straighten from wide of the crease and he is looking to add more variety going ahead.
1 session? 2 sessions? 3 sessions? How many do you think will India take to pick the remaining 8 wickets? If you read the above, you would probably say we are too biased towards the Indian side but to be honest, a Windies win looks improbable. An unreal effort will be needed from their batters if they are to pull this off. However, seeing the way they have batted, it looks like there is only one result on the cards. Stay tuned for the start of the first session.
... Day 4, Session 1 ...
India, on the other hand, are outright favorites as they have only eight wickets to take and have two complete days remaining. However, one believes that the whole of Monday will be enough to take the remaining wickets. Join us on Day 4 for what probably could be the last day of the Test match at 0930 local (1430 GMT). Cheers!
The Windies batsmen though can be be happy with their batting performance in the final session. They managed to lose only the two wickets which is quite different from their previous innings where they had lost wickets in a heap at the start. However, there is still a long way to go and the remaining batters will have to bat out of their skins if they have to give India a run for their money.
It has been India's day throughout. They firstly bowled out the hosts for 117 and then, after a sedate start to their innings and a few early wickets, Rahane and Vihari surged an unbeaten 111-run stand and gave West Indies a huge target of 468. Both got to their respective fifties before Kohli decided to declare. Also they managed to take two Windies wickets in the hour they got to bowl at the Windies batters.
Just three balls left in the day. Can Bumrah produce a magic ball to get another wicket?
Jasprit Bumrah comes back into the attack.
Shamarh Brooks replaces John Campbell in the middle.
Mohammed Shami is into the attack.
Darren Bravo is the new man in.
The groundsman has come with a hammer to cover the footmarks. The physio is also out and he is applying the magic spray on Campbell's hand as he was hit on the gloves in the previous over.
Jasprit Bumrah to share the new ball from the other end.