West Indies vs India, 2nd Test, Day 1

West Indies skipper Jason Holder won the toss and decided to bat first.

West Indies vs India, 2nd Test, Day 1


OVER 37 || SCORE 132/7 (Holder 1; Bishoo 1)

Another wicket for Ravichandran Ashwin as West Indies started to crumble.

WICKET: Shane Dowrich c Wriddhiman Saha b R Ashwin 5 (20b)

That happened off the first ball of 36th over.

And in the next over, Mohammed Shami got the wicket of Roston Chase, caught by Shikhar Dhawan at slip.

WICKET: Roston Chase c Shikhar Dhawan b Mohammed Shami 10 (33b)

OVER 30 || SCORE 115/5 (Chase 2; Dowrich 0)

After that brief rain stoppage, play resumed with Marlon Samuels on an attacking mode. He hit Ishant Sharma for three successive fours, then hit Ravichandran Ashwin for a six in the next over.

But he perished in the next ball, caught at short leg off a top-edge.

WICKET: Marlon Samuels c KL Rahul b R Ashwin 37 (88b)

Roston Chase will have Shane Dowrich's company.

OVER 26.5 || SCORE 93/4 (Samuels 18; Chase 0)

Match delayed by rain. After Lunch, only five deliveries could be bowled.

OVER 26 || SCORE 88/4 (Samuels 14; Chase 0)


Just before the Lunch, AMit Mishra struck to remove Jermaine Blackwood, who was going run-a-ball. LBW.

In two hours play at Sabina Park, India utilised the conditions to good use as Ishant Sharma removed two early wickets.

His new ball partner Mohammed Shami responded with a wicket of his own, but the arrival of Blackwood meant that India need to work hard for some 20 overs.

But finally, the adventurous innings came to an end, thus giving India a realistic chance to bowl out West Indies today itself.

OVER 21 || SCORE 73/3 (Samuels 7; Blackwood 53)

In the last ten overs, West Indies have score 52 runs without losing further wickets.

Jermaine Blackwood is playing a brilliant counter-attacking innings and has posted his fifty even as Marlon Samuels continues to hang on.

India captain Virat Kohli so far has utilised three more bowlers, in Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav and Amit Mishra.

OVER 10 || SCORE 21/3 (Samuels 0; Blackwood 13)

West Indies finally managed to negotiate the probing Indian pace bowling from Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami.

Marlon Samuels, who disappointed in first Test, is still looking for his first run after facing 23 balls. Good will. Patient.

His partner Jermaine Blackwood, however, is on an altogether different mode. He has so far scored 13 runs from 15 balls, thanks to three fours.

OVER 6 || SCORE 11/3 (Samuels 0; Blackwood 4)

West Indies are in deep trouble. After Ishant Sharma burst, Mohammed Shami got the third wicket, removing Rajendra Chandrika. Brilliant catch by Lokesh Rahul at gully.

WICKET: Rajendra Chandrika c KL Rahul b Mohammed Shami 5 (17b)

Marlons Samuels is now joined by Jermaine Blackwood.

Mohammed Shami alos joins the fun. Removes RajendraChandrika 5(17).

OVER 3 || SCORE 4/2 (Chandrika 3; Samuels 0)

What an over from Ishant Sharma. Wickets of successive deliveries, but missed out on a hat-trick as Marlon Samuels survived a half-chance. Probably an inside edge, off the last ball of the third over.

In the previous two deliveries, Sharma accounted for opener Kraigg Brathwaite and Darren Bravo off the fourth and fifth deliveries respectively.

WICKET: Kraigg Brathwaite c Cheteshwar Pujara b Ishant Sharma 1 (6b)
— Caught at forward short leg.

WICKET: Darren Bravo c Virat Kohli b Ishant Sharma 0 (1b)
— Caught at second slip.

Rocking start from Ishant Sharma, two wickets in two balls. Kraigg Brathwaite and Darren Bravo gone.​

OVER 2 || SCORE 3/0 (Brathwaite 1; Chandrika 2)

Ishant Sharma started the proceedings at Sabina Park. The right-arm fast medium bowler leaked two runs, a single each to West Indian openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Rajendra Chandra.

Mohammed Shami shared the new ball, and off the very first ball, he almost provided the break. But Chandrika survived a tight catch chance. Good attempt from Indian wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha to make it look like a chance, behind the wickets.

A single, to Chandrika, from the over.

Debut for Miguel Cummins, in for Carlos Brathwaite. So, not Alzarri Joseph. For India, Lokesh Rahul comes in for injured Murali Vijay.


West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite, Rajendra Chandrika, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich (wk), Miguel Cummins, Jason Holder(capt.), Devendra Bishoo, Shannon Gabriel

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(capt.), Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav

TOSS: West Indies skipper Jason Holder won the toss and decided to bat first.

First look of the pitch


Likely XIs:

West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite, Rajendra Chandrika, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Roston Chase, Carlos Brathwaite, Shane Dowrich (wk), Jason Holder (capt.), Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph, Devendra Bishoo

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (capt.), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav


After their comfortable win over West Indies in Antigua, India will look for yet another good outing to take an unassailable lead in the four-match series.

But Jamaica is not Antigua, and Sabina Park is one of West Indies' favoured home grounds. Jamaica is one of the breeding grounds of world's top athletes, and melting pot of pop cultures which are too evident to ignore.

It's altogether another matter that West Indies cricket, in Test, has lost it's charm, and many visiting teams have toyed with the present crop of players, who at most times look like experimenting units assembled to fill in a stop gap arrangement.

It's pity that their top players have either opted out or not considered for the not well well paying Test cricket. That's where a hungry Indian side under influential Virat Kohli is preparing to feast, for third series win in three visits in the Caribbean islands.

For the record, India have never lost a Test match to West Indies since 2002, in 14 matches in six series.

However, unlike the series opener at North Sound, West Indies are likely to field an all-out pace attack at Kingston. That's the reason for bringing sensational youngster Alzarri Joseph.

For India, it's continuity, without Murali Vijay. The injured opener will not play, and the talented Lokesh Rahul is likely to fill in his boots, irrespective of the size.

Irrespective of the nature of the Sabina Park pitch, Ravinchandran Ashwin will once again play a pivotal role, with the ball. It's a bonus that he now bats too.

Having said that, Indian pace trio of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav will be extra motivated to play in the pace-friendly Kingston track.

If their impressive showing the seemingly barren North Sound top bears any bearing of their collective confidence, then India can hope to give West Indies a taste of their own medicine.

In the batting front, the brilliance of Kohli will continue to flourish. That's what everybody predicts. But the presence of Ajinkya Rahane in the middle also give India that added advantage.

For West Indies, it's only guesswork to find a capable bat. Darren Bravo, of all his talent and class, still fails to impress. So thus Marlon Samuels, their most experience player.

Welcome to our coverage of the Day 1 of second Test match between West Indies and India, being played at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica.