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Lokesh Rahul Ton Keeps India Strong at 2nd Test in Jamaica against West Indies

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Lokesh Rahul Ton Keeps India Strong at 2nd Test in Jamaica against West Indies

August 01
06:38 2016

rahulNew Delhi, Monday, August 1 – At Sabina Park, Kingston in Jamaica, the second Test between West Indies and India started on July 30. Playing XI of West Indies led by Jason Holder included Kraigg Brathwaite, Rajendra Chandrika, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Marlon Samuels, Jermaine Blackwood, Miguel Cummins, Devendra Bishoo and Shannon Gabriel.  The players in extras were Alzarri Joseph, Carlos Brathwaite and Leon Johnson.

The tourists looked strong in the captaincy of Virat Kohli. Indian squad included Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Lokesh Rahul. Those to sit on bench were Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Stuart Binny, Shardul Thakur, Murali Vijay and Rohit Sharma. Despite the fact that the ground wasn’t crowded, enthusiasm among cricketers was high. West Indies won the toss and decided to bat first. The decision was an absolute failure given that top three batsmen were out when only seven runs were put on the scoreboard.

Ishant Sharma got two wickets in one over, dismissing Kraigg Brathwaite at a single and Darren Bravo on a naught. Rajendra Chandrika fell short to Shami when he was batting at a score of 5. The sequence of falling wickets got a pause for a while when Marlon Samuels and Jermaine Blackwood arrived on the crease. Blackwood, the 24-year-old right-handed batsman got his legs before wicket when bowling change did a trick and Ashwin got his first wicket. 62 runs off 62 balls, together with seven 4s and four sixes, were the innings of Blackwood. Marlon Samuels fell short to Ashwin as well after Rahul took a wonderful catch, making the batsman depart post playing a knock of 37 runs in 88 balls. His innings comprised five boundaries and a couple of sixes.

Shane Dowrich, the wicket-keeper batsman, threw his wicket to Ashwin when Saha caught the catch behind. 5 runs in 20 balls were scored by him. Roston Chase also could not read a delivery by Shami and had to depart at a score of 10 (4 x 1). Devendra Bishoo lost his wicket to Ashwin when playing at an individual total of 12. Jason Holder was another prey of Ashwin and could only score 13 runs in 16 balls, along with a couple of fours. West Indies first inning came to an end after Shannon Gabriel’s catch was caught by Kohli in Mishra’s over. He scored 15 runs in 23 balls, together with a couple of 4s and a six. Miguel Cummins was not out at 24 runs (4 x 2 and 6 x 2).  The entire team was back to the dressing room in 52.3 over after totalling 196 runs. Ashwin once gain stole the show with his five wicket haul. Sharma and Shami got two wickets each while Mishra dismissed one batsman. Yadav bowled for six overs but did not get any wicket.

India scored 358 runs for the loss of five wickets and took lead of 162 runs when the play of Day 2 ended. The Indian openers gave India a kind of start that was required to gain grip in the contest. Lokesh Rahul another time well utilized his presence in the team by scoring 158 runs in 303 balls, hitting 15 4s and three sixes. Shikhar Dhawan was the first man to lose his wicket to Roston Chase when playing at a score of 27, which consisted of five boundaries. 87-run stand between Dhawan and Rahul helped shrug off any sort of pressure. Cheteshwar Pujara also put forward some splendid play but was a bit unfortunate to turn a run out victim when he was 4 runs away from getting a half-century. His innings included four 4s. Shannon Gabriel gave West Indies a big wicket of Rahul, who emerged as a big threat for them. Virat Kohli – the Indian captain – lost his wicket to Roston Chase post playing a knock of 44 runs in 90 balls, together with 4 fours and a six.

Ravichandran Ashwin lost his wicket to Bishoo being lbw at a score of 3. Ajinkya Rahane will resume batting at a score of 42 and Wriddhiman Saha at 17 runs. So far, the composed batsman Rahane struck 6 fours and a biggie, while the wicket-keeper batsman hit a couple of fours. West Indies bowlers missed line and length for more than a few occasions and this got proved by the way they bowled 21 extras. India rose strong in 125 overs they played. Mishra, Shami, Ishant and Yadav are yet to bat. Chase got two wickets, Gabriel and Bishoo got two wickets each. Cummins, Holder and Braithwaite haven’t got any wicket. India and West Indies will look forward to good start on Day 3. The match is to start in a short while. Focus of India will be attaining something over 500 to make their stand look strong. At the same time, the host will look forward to get remaining five wickets as soon as possible. After all, they do not wish to get behind in the series 0-2. All happenings of the match today may set foundation of a team’s victory. Fans of Holder’s men want them to bounce back and give their best. They want West Indies to not give up without fighting. Indian fans, on the other hand, are sure the Men in Blue continue their good show.

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