At the stumps of day 2 of the 3rd Test at Gros Islet (Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium), West Indies is in very good position. Starting the day 2 from the overnight score 234/5, India made 353 before bowled out.
The host West Indies is giving strong reply to the Indian team as the hosts were 107/1 at the stumps of day 2.
Brief Scores: India – 353 (Ravichandran Ashwin 118, Wriddhiman Saha 104, Miguel Cummins 3/54)
West Indies – 107/1 (Kraigg Brathwaite 53*, Leon Johnson 23)
Here are some statistical highlights of day 2 of the 3rd Test:
- Indian batsman Ravichandran Ashwin scored another great century during India’s first innings in this Test. Coming to bat on the day from his overnight score 75, Ashwin completed his century by hitting a six. It was Ashwin’s 2nd century in this tour while he has also taken twice 5-wicket haul (7/83 at North Sound & 5/52 at Kingston) in the ongoing Test series. Ashwin became 4th cricketer (3rd in overseas Test series) to score multiple centuries and also took multiple 5-wicket haul in a Test series. Other 3 cricketers, who had done this before Ashwin, were: former Australian cricketer Richie Benaud, former English cricketer Tony Grieg and another former English cricketer Ian Botham.
- Ashwin departed on 118 runs after facing 297 deliveries. It was the 4th highest deliveries faced by a no.6 or lower Indian batsman in an overseas Test innings. The other top 3 performances in this category were: 348 deliveries by Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi (against England at Leeds in 1967), 312 deliveries by Sourav Ganguly [against Sri Lanka at Colombo (SSC) in 1997] and 299 deliveries by Pravin Amre (against South Africa at Durban in 1992).
- Like Ravichandran Ashwin, Indian wicketkeeper–batsman Wriddhiman Saha also hit a century during India’s first innings in this Test. Saha scored 104 runs before getting dismissed. It was Saha’s maiden century in the international cricket. Here are some stats of his century:
i) Saha became 4th Indian wicketkeeper-batsman to score an overseas Test century. Vijay Manjrekar (118 at Kingston in 1953), Ajay Ratra (115* at St. John’s in 2002) and MS Dhoni (148 at Faisalabad in 2006) had done this before Saha.
ii) Also Saha became 3rd Indian wicketkeeper-batsman to score a Test century at outside Asia. All of these three centuries had been hit in the Caribbean soil. Before Saha, Vijay Manjrekar and Ajay Ratra had scored a Test century each at outside Asia.
iii) Saha also faced 227 deliveries during his 104 runs knock. It was the 4th highest faced deliveries by an Indian wicketkeeper-batsman in an overseas Test innings. The other top 3 highest faced deliveries by an Indian wicketkeeper-batsman in an overseas Test innings were: 284 deliveries were faced by Ajay Ratra (against West Indies at St. John’s in 2002), 281 deliveries were faced by Deep Dasgupta (against South Africa at Port Elizabeth in 2001) and 230 deliveries were faced by Syed Kirmani (against New Zealand at Auckland in 1981).
- No.6 Indian batsman Ravichandran Ashwin (118) and no.7 Indian batsman Wriddhiman Saha (104), both hit a century each during India’s first innings in this Test match. It was the first occasion that both no.6 and no.7 Indian batsmen hit centuries in the same Test innings.
In the overall Test history, it was the 22nd time that both no.6 and no.7 batsmen hit centuries in the same Test innings.
- Indian batsmen Ravichandran Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha put a superb 213 runs partnership for the 6th wicket of India’s first innings in this Test. It was India’s second highest 6th wicket partnership in overseas Test. India’s highest 6th wicket overseas Test partnership was 222 between Mohammad Azharuddin and Sachin Tendulkar at Cape Town (against South Africa) in 1997.
Also this 213-runs partnership was India’s highest 6th wicket partnership against West Indies in Test and fifth highest 6th wicket partnership in overall Test history.
- West Indian young debutant pace bowler Alzarri Joseph performed well with his bowling as he finished the first innings of this Test with the figure of 24-6-69-3. It was the second best bowling figure against India by a debutant West Indian bowler in the first innings of a Test match. The best bowling innings figure by a debutant West Indian bowler against India in the first innings of a Test match was 3/65 by Charlie Stayers at Port of Spain in 1962.
- West Indies opening batsmen Kraigg Brathwaite and Leon Johnson put a well 59-runs partnership for the 1st wicket. It was West Indies’ first 50+ partnership in Test for the 1st wicket in last 26 innings. Last time West Indies’ opening pair put a 50+ partnership in December 2014 (Kraigg Brathwaite and Devon Smith put 55-runs partnership for the 1st wicket against South Africa at Port Elizabeth)