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India vs West Indies, 2nd Test Day 2: India dominate following 146-run partnership between Rahane-Pant

Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant shared a 146-run partnership which tilted the game in favour of the hosts at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. 

India vs West Indies, 2nd Test Day 2: India dominate following 146-run partnership between Rahane-Pant
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India were expected to dominate proceedings after restricting the West Indies to a score of 311 on the back of a 6-wicket haul for Umesh Yadav who was extremely effective with the ball. However, the visitors battled it out till the very end with skipper Jason Holder leading from the front.

Holder picked the crucial wickets of Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara to leave the hosts in a state of bother. Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant combined to rescue proceedings for India at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium, Hyderabad, with a 146-run partnership which effectively tilted the game in favour of the hosts.  

Follow the highlights from Day 2:

# Brief scores: 

*India 1st innings 308/4 (81): Ajinkya Rahane 75(174) Rishabh Pant 85(120)/ Jason Holder 2/45. 

*West Indies 1st innings 311/10 (101.4 overs): Roston Chase 106 (189) / Mohammed Shami 6/88.

# Stumps!! 

# India 308/4! (81 overs)

# India trail by just 14 runs following a 135-run partnership between Rishabh Pant and Ajinkya Rahane with the duo seemingly unstoppable at this stage. India 297/4 (76 overs)   

# Half-Century! Rishabh Pant also brings up an exciting half-century with a single, which is truly commendable considering the excellent strokeplay and decision making at every stage. Rishabh Pant 50(67) 

# Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane brings up his half-century with a grounded shot, in an innings comprising of 4 boundaries. Rahane ensured a steady platform for the team despite the loss of captain Virat Kohli early on, which has drawn appreciation from the skipper himself. Ajinkya Rahane 50 (122)

# Both Rishabh Pant and Ajinkya Rahane are on course for well-deserved half-centuries after exciting performances by the youngsters who have set the stage for team India. The West Indies bowling attack has been rendered ineffective by the maturity and astute decision making on show by the duo who seem all set to guide India to a respectable total. India 242/4 (67 overs)  Rishabh Pant 48(62), Ajinkya Rahane 48(118)

# Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has been exceedingly mature so far, ensuring a composed performance, refusing to surrender his wicket despite the best efforts of the West Indies bowlers. Youngster Rishabh Pant has provided some valuable support to Rahane with an aggressive knock which has tilted the momentum of the game to a certain extent in favour of the hosts. Rishabh Pant 24(37), Ajinkya Rahane 25(86), India 194/4 (53 overs)  

# All set for the final session!

# Tea-break!!

# Wicket! West Indies skipper Jason Holder has struck a vital blow by dismissing opposing skipper Virat Kohli leg-before-wicket in a crucial blow for the hosts. Kohli was looking to play across the line to a delivery which struck him right in front of the middle stump. The Windies will be delighted following this important wicket. Virat Kohli 45(78) balls, India 162/4, 42.5 overs.  

# Kohli and Rahane have gone about proceedings in an effective fashion with a 50-run partnership despite being under pressure at one stage. The duo will be looking to continue in the same vein and lead India on to a favourable position. India 154/3, 40 overs.  

# Play-resumes!!

# The West Indies bowling attack has attempted a comeback of sorts after being left scampering for power following a brilliant knock by Prithvi Shaw. The boundaries are slowly drying up for Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli with some disciplined bowling performances by spinners Jomel Warrican and Devendra Bishoo making the battle all the more interesting. India 133/3, 30 overs 

# Drinks-break!!

# Ajinkya Rahane and skipper Virat Kohli will be looking to stitch a steady partnership at this stage with the unexpected dismissal of Cheteshwar Pujara further complicating matters. Kohli will be eager to lead from the front having registered an excellent performance in the 1st test at Rajkot. India 122/3, 24 overs. 

# Wicket! Cheteshwar Pujara has no choice but to walk back to the pavilion after being nicked the ball to wicketkeeper JN Hamilton off an excellent delivery by pace-bowler Shannon Gabriel with the delivery keeping low and deceiving the batsman. Cheteshwar Pujara 10(41b), India 102/3, 20 overs.    

# Wicket! Spinner Joel Warrican has picked the crucial wicket of Prithvi Shaw who was threatening to turn the tide completely in India's favour yet again. Shaw attempted to go for an aggressive shot yet again and struggled to time the looping delivery effectively leading to an edge which Jason Hetymer gleefully snapped up. P Shaw 70 (53b), India 98/2, 18.4 overs. 

# Play-resumes!!

# Lunch-break!!

# Half-Century! Young Indian opener Prithvi Shaw has scored a brilliant 50 for team India, taking the opposition on in an aggressive knock leaving the bowlers in a state of dismay. Prithvi Shaw 50(39), India 74/1 after 13.2 overs. 

# Wicket! Windies skipper Jason Holder has delivered the goods for his side, dismissing K.L Rahul for just 4 runs off 25 balls after a fine start largely on the back of an aggressive knock by Prithvi Shaw. Holder will be looking to build on this, create further opportunities. K.L Rahul: 4(25). India 61/1 after 8.4 overs    

# India is off to a steady, aggressive start as expected with openers K.L Rahul and Prithvi Shaw taking the West Indies bowling attack on from the very first ball. The visitors need to break this partnership soon in order to prevent India from racking up a huge score as was the case in the first test. India 49/0 after 7 overs.    

# Prithvi Shaw and K.L Rahul walk down to the middle for team India with Shannon Gabriel set to kick off proceedings for the Windies.  

# West Indies 311/10 after 101.4 overs.  

# That's it! India have bowled out West Indies for a score of at 311 which was largely possible due to Roston Chase who smashed a century under pressure! Indian fast bowler Umesh Yadav makes his presence felt with a 6-wicket haul, which will do his glowing reputation no harm. 

# Wicket! Umesh Yadav has dismissed No 11 batsman Shannon Gabriel with a stunning delivery with the West Indies all out for a score of 311 following a heroic knock by Roston Chase. Shannon Gabriel 0(1)   

# Wicket! Umesh Yadav has picked the crucial wicket of Roston Chase who threatened to take the game away from team India with a stunning display under pressure. Second five-wicket haul for Umesh Yadav and the first at home. Yadav bowled an inch-perfect delivery at the stumps which the batsman was in no state to negotiate, leaving him with no option other than to trudge back to the pavillion. Roston Chase 106(189)    

# Century! West Indies batsman Roston Chase brings up his 4th Test century, which is surely one he deserves considering his excellent performance. Roston Chase 100(176) 

# Wicket! Umesh Yadav has dismissed Devendra Bishoo with a cracking delivery which left him in no position to safely negotiate the delivery which kept a touch low at the same time. India just 2 short of bowling out West Indies on Day 2. West Indies 296/8 after 96 overs.  

# Roston Chase and Devendra Bishoo have walked down to the middle with Chase all set for a much-deserved century after being unbeaten on 98 at stumps on Day 1. 

Indian bowlers enjoyed the upper hand on Day 1 of the 2nd test at Hyderabad and seemed all set to restrict the West Indies to a total below 200 just like the scenario at Rajkot where the visitors failed to put up a fight at any stage.

Kuldeep Yadav and Umesh Yadav wrecked havoc with the ball picking 3 wickets apiece, striking at crucial intervals with the batsmen guilty of poor shot selection at the same time.  

However, a much-needed partnership between skipper Jason Holder and Roston Chase led the West Indies to a score of 295/7 at stumps on Day 1 with Chase all set for a much-deserved century. 

However, Virat Kohli will be looking to make amends on Day 2 by restricting the batting side to a score below 350 with the unexpected absence of Shardul Thakur an area of concern for the skipper.

Chase will be looking to continue in the same vein as on Day 1 with his ability to counter the Indian bowling attack effectively drawing much praise and appreciation from the experts. 

Playing XI: 

India: K.L Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur.

West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Sunil Ambris,  Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Jason Holder, Jomel Warrican, Devendra Bishoo, Shannon Gabriel.