Indian Cricket team failed to register a win in the 2nd Test match against West Indies. Indian team was in a dominating position on day 4, reducing West Indies to 48 for 4. On the fifth and final day, India needed only 6 wickets to seal the win and take a 2-0 lead in the series. It was a great attitude by the West Indies batsmen to play positive cricket and put the Indian team on the backfoot.
Jerome Blackwood and Chase started the day on an aggressive note. Blackwood and Chase put on 93 runs for the 5th wicket. West Indies scored 167 runs in the first session. The second session saw another solid partnership between Chase and Dowrich put on 144 for the sixth wicket. Dowrich was dismissed for 74. For the seventh wicket, Captain Holder and Chase put on 103 unbeaten runs which helped West Indies saved the match and keep the series alive.
Indian bowlers only picked up 2 wickets on the fifth day’s play. The pitch had flattened out and the Indian bowlers struggled to dismiss the West Indies batsmen. Indian fast bowlers Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav did not get any assistance. Ashwin and Mishra were the only wicket-takers on the day.
The match was marred by rain. The third day’s post-tea session was washed off and on the fourth day, 2 sessions were washed out. India’s performance in the 1st innings was brilliant; dismissing West Indies for 196 and then scoring a massive 500 for 9 declare.
Now back to Windies’ 2nd innings, where Roston Chase scored 137 not out and other young West Indies batsmen stepped up to occasions. India needed an early breakthrough on day 5 which they did not get. Ashwin should have been used by Kohli to get rid of Blackwood or Chase.
Mishra did not have a brilliant spell as Blackwood and Chase went after him. He might be dropped for the third Test and could be replaced Ravindra Jadeja. Umesh Yadav also lacked discipline and might be dropped for the third Test.
India who was in a dominating position let the match slip out of their hands and gave West Indies a chance to fight in the series.
Chase played a match-saving century. His innings was a mixture of aggression and defense. It was an outstanding effort by West Indies batsmen to scrape through an ‘unlikely’ draw which will put a sour taste in the mouths of captain Kohli and coach Kumble.