Three-Day Tour Match: Indians’ Bowlers Dominate On Day Two
Indians’ bowlers dominated on the day two of the three-day Tour match against the hosts Windies A at Antigua. The pacers Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav and the left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav shined on that day.
On Sunday (18th August) morning, the Indians captain Ajinkya Rahane declared the first innings on their overnight score 297/5. From the beginning of their first innings, the Windies A batsmen were struggling.
While the opener Kavem Hodge scored a fighting half-century, other batsmen failed to manage the big scores. Apart from Hodge’s 51 runs, only the middle-order batsmen Jonathan Carter (26 runs) and the captain Jahmar Hamilton (33 runs) reached the 20-run mark in that innings as Windies A were bundled out for 181 runs.
Ishant Sharma (3/21), Umesh Yadav (3/19) and Kuldeep Yadav (3/35) – all picked up three wickets each, and the other one had a run-out dismissal. Pacer Ishant Sharma dismissed the set Hodge while Kuldeep Yadav sent both Carter and Hamilton to the pavilion. The Indian bowlers were very tight in that entire innings as that Windies A innings had no 30 runs partnership.
At the end of the first innings of Windies A, the Indians took the healthy 116 runs lead.
Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari provided a steady partnership for the Indians
In their second innings, the Indians were batting on 84/1 at the stumps on day two. After scoring 12 runs in the first innings, opener Mayank Agarwal once again lost his wicket on 13 runs.
Captain Ajinkya Rahane came as an opening batsman along with Agarwal. At the end of the day, Rahane and Hanuma Vihari had the unbroken 62 runs partnership for the second wicket. Rahane remained not out on 20 runs off 95 balls. Meanwhile, Vihari was batting on 48 runs off 84 balls after getting promoted to the no.3 batting position.
Among the Windies A bowlers, only the right-arm pacer Romario Shepherd took a wicket (1/3) in that innings. At the end of day two, the Indians are leading by 200 runs.
Brief Scores: Indians – 297/5 decl. & 84/1 (Hanuma Vihrai 48*, Ajinkya Rahane 20*; Romario Shepherd 1/3) vs Windies – 181 (Kavem Hodge 51, Jahmar Hamilton 33; Umesh Yadav 3/19).
Indians are leading by 200 runs.
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