Highlights Day 2: Comfortable Indian team in course of second big win

Rishav Narang / 31 July 2016

Team India went on to dominate the weak West Indies team for the second continues day of the second Test match. On the second day of the game, the Indian batsmen helped the team getting a lead of 162 runs which increased pressure on the West Indies bowlers. Many other things happened on the day 2 of the game, let’s have a look at few of those –

1. A crawling first session – The Indian team stepped on the field with a defensive attitude and started the day in a very lean and dull manner. The overnight batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and KL Rahul batted throughout the first session slowly and scored only 59 runs in that 28 overs bowled to them. Batsmen intensity to go slow in the first session can be adjudged by the fact that it took Pujara 35 balls to score his first run of the day. They could only score 22 runs in the first hour of the day followed by 27 runs in the next hour. West Indies bowlers were generating huge swing which forced Indian batsmen to go slow. Indian batsmen were successful in formulating the strategy they planned and did not lose the wicket in the first session.

2. A Silly run out – As mentioned above, the Indian batsmen were not giving a single chance to the Wes Indies bowlers as they were playing with extra care. During this, Pujara played one towards the leg side and went for a run suicidal run. Pujara is not the one who is fast between the wickets and this was clearly seen during the run-out. Pujara missed a golden opportunity to score big as his partner KL Rahul went on to score 158 runs. Surely he would be kicking himself in the dressing room for the mistake which he has done as he might get dropped for the next match.

3. Swinging the ball ‘Gabriel’s’ way – Sometimes the number of wickets in the wicket column can be deceptive and does not give the true picture of the quality of bowling done by a bowler. Same is the case with Shanon Gabriel who dismissed the big fish KL Rahul. He was the main force behind forcing the Indian batsmen to go slow in the first session. He paired with Jason Holder and Miguel Cummins and tested the Indian batsmen in the starting two hours of the game. Holder was bowling away from the batsmen whereas Gabriel was bowling the one which was coming in sharply, so sharply that sometimes even the wicket-keeper failed to collect the ball due to the amount of swing generated by Gabriel. He could not get the fruit of his effort as he deserved much more than he achieved today.

4. Century Sehwag style – We have seen and heard stories of Sehwag jumping from a score of 294 runs to 300 with a six. KL Rahul did something similar to that but the count of runs was not the same. He was batting on a score of 94 runs and suddenly out of nowhere he came out of the crease and sent the bowler out of the ground for a six to bring up his century. The moments he raised his bat, Ten sports went on a commercial break and we missed the moment of joy. This was a big step taken by him to score a six as in past we have seen that even legends like Sachin Tendulkar have faced problem to cross the nervous nineties stage but he did something that no Indian batsman other than Virender Sehwag can think of. This was an act of bravery from him.

5. Ashwin fit or not at six? – A promotion in the batting line up in first Test match followed by the century in the same innings, that was the scenario a few days ago but it did not happen today. Yes, the Indian all-rounder R. Ashwin was again sent before the wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha. Many eyes were on Ashwin whether he can emulate what he did with the ball or not. He failed to deliver this time as he was dismissed LBW off Devendra Bishoo. Surely the team management has to look and have to take a step to decide regarding who should be sent to number 6.

Experimenting with positions of Ashwin and Saha can be harmful to the Indian team in the long run as none of them will be able to settle themselves if this game is played.

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