Kohli’s double ton – Indian captain Virat Kohli continued his good form in the longest format of the game and went on to complete his first double century in Test cricket. With this century he broke many records as he became the first Indian player to score a double century on an overseas ground. It took 84 years for this record to be broken and it was Kohli who broke the record. Kohli’s double century was the biggest highlight of the day as once again Kohli showed that why he is different from other batsmen. It looked like he is batting on another pitch as he was easily able to face the West Indies bowlers especially Devendra Bishoo. Kohli’s innings soon ended soon after the lunch break as he was bowled by Shanon Gabriel but the damage was already done as Indian team had already posted more than 400 runs before Kohli’s dismissal.
Ashwin dropped catch followed by a century – .It can be said that Ashwin was lucky enough whole day as he was dropped by the wicket-keeper in the eighth over of the day itself. He had just added 21 runs to his yesterday’s score but soon after that drop he played cautiously and relieved himself by scoring some boundaries. He and captain Kohli scored runs easily in the first hour of the game and ensured that there is no damage done in the first session of the second day’s play. Ashwin later went on to complete his century, third against this team. Ashwin was a big pillar of success for the Indian team as he was the right hand of Virat Kohli during the time when the team was in trouble. He shared a partnership of 168 runs with Virat Kohli which was the reason for Indian team went on to post such a huge total on the board.
Mishra’s gutsy cricket – Amit Mishra came to the crease after Saha’s dismissal and added to the woes of the West Indies team as he with his strange style of batting troubled the West Indies bowlers. He was playing few unique shots which we get to see only in street cricket. Captain Virat Kohli too decided to give a chance to Mishra and only dismissed the innings when Mishra got out. Mishra lived up the expectations of captain as he went on to score 53 runs in just 68 balls. He shared a crucial partnership of worth 51 runs with R. Ashwin followed by 40 runs partnership with Mohammed Shami. He justified his inclusion in the squad with his half century and crucial partnerships.
West Indies survival act followed by a wicket – Surprisingly the West Indies openers were able to survive the 14 of the 16 overs that were bowled by the Indian bowlers in the last session of the game. It was expected that the Windies batsmen will easily surrender in front of Indian bowlers but they played bravely and ensured that no damage is done but during fifteenth over Batsman Rajendra Chandrika nicked one to wicket-keeper Saha who collected a safe catch behind the stumps. Both the opening batsmen survived the pace attack of Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav followed by spin test by R. Ashwin. Both the batsmen were easily leaving balls outside off stump and bowler hardly any bowler troubled the batsman but Shami ensured that team India gets one crucial wicket so as to put the team under pressure.
Tomorrow will be a crucial day for West Indies as they have to ensure that they do not fall to the Indian bowlers early in the morning. Though there batting line up is inexperienced but still we can expect some competition from them.