West Indies vs India, 1st Test, Day 2: As it happened...
India dominated Day 2.
INDIA, FIRST INNINGS
OVER 154 || SCORE 512/6 (Ashwin 106; Mishra 23)
Tea-time at North Sound.
In the last ten overs, India scored 37 runs without losing a wicket, with Ravichandran Ashwin getting his third Test century, all against West Indies.
Even as Ashwin continues his love affair with the Windies, India in all likelihood have gained the decisive control over the hosts.
India, now onwards, under an attacking skipper will go for the kill.
OVER 151 || SCORE 503/6 (Ashwin 103; Mishra 17)
Brilliant play for Ravindran Ashwin. A four to mid-wicket boundary and his third Test hundred, all against West Indies.
So thus, the off-spinner joined the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, with three tons against the Caribbeans.
It happened off the last ball of the 151st over, bowled by Devendra Bishoo.
OVER 145 || SCORE 477/6 (Ashwin 95; Mishra 1)
After a logn time, wicket for West Indies. Kraigg Brathwaite removed Wriddhiman Saha, who was beaten in the flight. Stumped.
WICKET: Wriddhiman Saha st Shane Dowrich b Kraigg Brathwaite 40 (88b)
That happened off the last ball of the 144th over.
That brought Amit Mishra in.
OVER 140 || SCORE 458/5 (Ashwin 91; Saha 26)
Ravichandran Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha have put together 50-run stand as India pile pile misery on tired West Indies bowling attack.
This is the third fifty-run stand, besides the two 100-runs stands in this innings for India. The opening stand between Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan, however, lasted only 2.21 overs for 14 runs.
OVER 135 || SCORE 445/5 (Ashwin 84; Saha 20)
India have added another 19 runs in the last five overs, even as R Ashwin individual score moved into the 80's.
That's not a surprise considering the fact that both his Test tons have come against the Windies.
He and Wriddhiman Saha have added 42 runs for the sixth-wicket stand.
And Windies bowlers continued to toil hard.
OVER 130 || SCORE 426/5 (Ashwin 75; Saha 10)
1, 1, 3, maiden, 4: This is how India scored in the last five overs. Traditional Test match returned. In the last ten overs, India scored 20 runs.
However, Ravichandran Ashwin – chasing his third Test hundred – is focused and playing his best shots, and also leaving balls.
OVER 125 || SCORE 417/5 (Ashwin 71; Saha 5)
Virat Kohli's departure has brought a marked change in the flow of match. Both Ravichandran Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha are content to block the balls, it seemed.
Ashwin is in 70s, and by the look of things, he is likely to hit a ton, a third in Test cricket.
OVER 120 || SCORE 406/5 (Ashwin 64; Saha 1)
Just after the Lunch break, West Indies got their prized wicket of Virat Kohli. Clean bowled by Shannon Gabriel. A momentary lapse of concentration from the Indian skipper.
WICKET: Virat Kohli b Shannon Gabriel 200 (283)
Right-handed batsman Wriddhiman Saha is the new man.
OVER 119 || SCORE 404/4 (Kohli 200; Ashwin 64)
Virat Kohli reached his first ever double century with a single off the first ball of 119th over, bowled by Roston Chase, just before the lunch. The skipper took 281 balls, and hit 24 fours.
And he almost did the push-ups.
This is also his highest score in first-class cricket, eclipsing 197 for Delhi.
He and Ravichandran Ashwin added 168 runs in 50.5 overs.
And that's LUNCH.
OVER 115 || SCORE 393/4 (Kohli 195; Ashwin 58)
Ashwin changes gear to reach 50, while Kohli enters the nervous 190s searching for his maiden 200. Just 6 runs from the 5-over session as the Indian skipper takes cautious approach towards the landmark he is about to achieve.
OVER 110 || SCORE 374/4 (Kohli 189; Ashwin 45)
The duo register highest 5th wicket partnership at the stadium. Virat Kohli, on judging Ravichandran Ashwin's pace, looks set to get his 200 well before his partner hits 50. Bishoo continues his spell but unable to find any breakthrough.
OVER 105 || SCORE 358/4 (Kohli 173; Ashwin 44)
Virat Kohli surpasses his previous best in Test cricket of 169 with soothing cover-drive. India get 12 run in this 5-over session with two maidens. West Indies, literally, have no answer to Kohli's masterclass.
OVER 100 || SCORE 346/4 (Kohli 163; Ashwin 43)
Ravichandran Ashwin opts for patience play as he nears his 50. Virat Kohli, on the other hand continues to remain untroubled against the West Indian bowlers. Time for the skipper to convert this inning into a double hundred.
OVER 95 || SCORE 330/4 (Kohli 154; Ashwin 39)
India scored 29 runs in the last five over, in the sequence of 3, 7, 7, maiden and 12. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli also reached his 150 with a four in the 93rd over, off the third ball bowled by rival number Jason Holder.
Ravichandran Ashwin, who was quiet for until now, hit two fours off Jason Holder, in the 95th over. 12 runs came from that over.
OVER 91 || SCORE 305/4 (Kohli 146; Ashwin 22)
It's skipper to skipper! Jason Holder with a brand new ball to Virat Kohli.
Three runs from the over no. 91 as Kohli took a double then a single off the second and third deliveries. Ravichandran Ashwin did enough to fend off the remaining three balls.
To start the day, here's one interesting tweet from Harbhajan Singh
— Harbhajan Singh (@harbhajan_singh) July 22, 2016
It was honours even on Day 1. But the brilliance of Virat Kohli made it India's day as the skipper scored his 12th Test century and his first against West Indies. For the hosts, it could have been a very, very good day had their new-line of bowlers dealt fatigue better.
After a good start to the match, testing and probing Indian openers, Shannon Gabriel & Co lost steam as the day progressed. Partly, it was due to Kohli's attacking game, but playing at home, it was their advantage to lose.
Luckily, Devendra Bishoo took three vital wickets, those of Shikhar Dhawan (84), Cheteshwar Pujara (16) and Ajinkya Rahane (22). Gabriel, who was making a Test comeback, got the wicket Murali Vijay (7) early to give West Indies a good start.
The departure of Pujara brought Kohli, and soon a sluggish looking Antigua pitch looked like a good track to bat on. The right-handed batsman took command from the outset and the day belonged to him. And he was unbeaten on 143.
India's scored 302/4, and it could have been easily in the vicinity of 330 had it not for the heavy outfield.
The second day will resume with Kohli, along with promoted Ravichandran Ashwin, taking on a refreshed West Indian attack. It will be a good contest, given the teams have got a feel of the pace and mood of Test after spells of limited overs cricket.
Welcome to our live coverage of Day 2 of the first Test match between West Indies and India being played at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua.