Virat Kohli’s innings of 139 and Ravindra Jadeja’s maiden test hundred helped India gain the upper hand on Day 2 of the first Test against West Indies at the Rajkot on Friday.
The day started with India resuming on 364/4, with both overnight batsman Kohli and Wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant pilling on the misery for the visitors by adding 137 runs for the the fifth wicket, before Devendra Bishoo gave the Windies a vital breakthrough by getting rid off Pant, who top edged a slog to Keemo Paul and fell six short of a century.
Indian skipper Kohli continued his vein rich of form by bringing up his 24th century. As mentioned by The Cricket News website, Kohli is a modern day great, capable of performing in all three formats of the game, and he carried on here from where he had left in England. The RCB star is now the only Indian batsman to score 1000 test runs for three consecutive calendar years, having achieved the feat during his masterful innings at Rajkot.
He was eventually dismissed for 139 runs, and Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav didn’t last long either, with both falling to Bishoo.
Jadeja then found support from Umesh Yadav. The left hander was on 46 when the latter walked in, but the duo made merry, hitting the Windies spinners for sixes at will. Jadeja reached his maiden test century as India declared their first innings on 649/9.
The 32 year old Bishoo was West Indies’ best bowler as he finished with figures of 4/217 in 54 overs.
The visitors got off to a terrible start, as they lost their captain Kraigg Brathwaite and Kieran Powell to Mohamed Shami early. There was a hint of controversy about the Braithwaite dismissal, with replays showing Shami to have potentially overstepped.
The Indian spinners then came into the party as they wrecked West Indies middle order. Shimron Hetmyer Sunil Ambris and Shane Dowrich all fell cheaply as the Windies slumped to 74 for six.
Roston Chase and Keemo Paul remained unbeaten as they saw the day through without any further alarms.
India (649/9 declared- Virat Kohli 139, Ravindra Jadeja 100* & Rishabh Pant 92) Devendra Bishoo 4/217. West Indies 94/6 ( Roston Chase 27*) Mohammed Shami 2/11 at Stumps on Day 2.