A great first session – The first session of day 2 started quite well as everything went according to the plan. Ashwin and Saha played cautiously and slowly in the first ten overs of the second day so as to set their eyes on the ball and soon after the drinks break both of them changed batting gears and scored 66 runs in the next hour of the session. Both of them added crucial runs in the first session of the day and ensured that team does not lose any wicket in the early overs. Both completed the partnership of 200 runs early morning which helped team India to get into a safe position. Both the batsmen were near to their centuries at the stroke of lunch as Saha was on 93 and Ashwin was just a run away from his fourth Test century.
Wait for a century – R. Ashwin reached the score of 99 when there were still 28 balls to go for lunch and he had enough time and balls to score that one run but this did not happen as he could just play 7 balls after that in which he didn’t score any run. It was Saha who played 21 balls out of those 28 deliveries and went on to jump from 77 to a score of 93 during that. There was a time when Saha was playing 5 deliveries of an over and Ashwin was left with just one which he used to block so as not to take any risk. Ashwin went for lunch on a score of 99; Saha too was in nervous nineties as he was on a score of 93 when lunch was taken. It was an epic last 5 overs where the viewers waited eagerly for Ashwin’s century but they did not get to see that as Saha played the majority of deliveries.
A century to remember – After a delay of one hour finally Ashwin completed his century after the lunch break. Ashwin played the first over after lunch and it was seen that he was quite nervous and the tension of scoring the ton was easily visible on his face. Finally, he managed to get off that and in the next over he completed his century with a six of Roston Chase. It was the best to way to bring about a century with a six as Ashwin was under immense pressure of scoring a century as he had already consumed one hour for that last one run. With that six Ashwin scored the fourth century of his Test career, all against this team.
Saha too completed his century after few overs scoring his first century in this format. He and Ashwin were the main force behind India’s batting success till now. Both of them shared a partnership worth 213 runs to rescue team India from a difficult situation and helped team India to post a total of 353 on the board.
Epic Pack up – Soon after Saha’s dismissal there was a race between the rest of the batsmen to go back to the pavilion as soon as they can. There were a lot of hopes from Ravindra Jadeja and Bhvneshwar Kumar but neither of the two could live up to the expectations. Jadeja scored just 6 runs whereas Bhuvneshwar Kumar scored a duck. Last 4 batsmen could just add 14 runs to the team’s total. It is a big matter of concern for team India as batsmen like Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar has a responsibility to add as many runs as they can whenever they come to bat but this did not happen. Surely captain would be pretty upset with this as everyone was expecting a score around 400 on the board but no contribution lower down the order shattered this dreams.
A strong reply – Unlike we have seen in past two matches of the series, the West Indies batsmen went on to post a god total on the board with a loss of just one wicket till now. After sharing a partnership of 59 runs for the first wicket, the batsmen went on to share another good partnership to end the day without any fear. It was the first time after a matter of 26 innings that West Indies shared a partnership of 50 runs or more. It was s a big achievement for Windies team. Surely this shows that they have done their homework well and this showed us that the show in the last game was not at all a fluke. Tomorrow will be a crucial day as if they are able to bat whole day tomorrow, then the Test match will be diverted towards a draw as West Indies team still needs to bat 180 overs i.e two days to post a good lead over Indian team.