India produced a clinical performance with the ball to crush the West Indies by 257 runs in the second test at Kingston on Monday. The result makes Virat Kohli the country’s most successful captain in the longest format of the game, with this win being his 28th in charge of the side.
Darren Bravo had been hit on the helmet by Jasprit Bumrah late in the day yesterday, and he was forced off the field due to concussion, with Jermaine Blackwood taking his place as a substitute- only the second such replacement in test cricket after Marnus Labuschagne.
The pair of Sharmarh Brooks and Roston Chase put on 42 runs for the third wicket, before Ravindra Jadeja broke the budding partnership by trapping Chase leg before wicket for 12.
An over later, Shimron Hetmyer again flattered to deceive, caught at extra cover by Mayank Agarwal off the bowling of Ishant Sharma for just one.
Substitute Blackwood was dropped three times, went on to make 38 before Bumrah ended his resistance by having him caught behind by wicket keeper Rishabh Pant.
Brooks reached his half century- the only Windies player to do so across both innings, but paid the price for a moment of carelessness as he was brilliantly run out by opposition skipper Kohli. That effectively ended any slim hopes the West Indies might have harboured of making a match out of this. Wicket keeper Jahmar Hamilton fell for a duck, while debutant Rahkeem Cornwall made only a single before being deceived by a Shami inswinger, with Pant taking a fine catch behind the wickets.
Left arm spinner Jadeja finished off proceedings by claiming the wicket of rival skipper Jason Holder who was bowled while trying to heave one over midwicket. The home side were dismissed for just 210 runs, giving the visitors a comprehensive 257 run victory.
Shami and Jadeja bagged 3 wickets each, while lanky fast bowler Sharma picked up 2.
With this victory Team India completed a clean sweep on their tour of the Caribbean, and it also puts them on top of ICC World Test Championship points table.
Hanuma Vihari was declared the Man of the Match for his fantastic first innings hundred and valuable fifty in the second.
India’s next assignment is at home against South Africa beginning 15 September.