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Welcome to our live blog for the first Test between West Indies and India. Live scorecard here
And look at Ishant. He's excited. The plan of having a short mid-wicket works. Chase just tucks one straight to the fielder. It's a very close call on the no ball but Ishant perhaps has a nanoinch behind. Can't complain. But imagine if that was a no-ball...
Bravo falls after lunch
... and isn't Bumrah happy to pick his first wicket in the match. 50 wickets for him, in only his 11th Test match. He's the fastest for India to 50 wickets in Tests. Bowls this from round the wicket, finds some slither off the wicket and traps Bravo, who's shuffled a bit too far across his stumps. Out comes Shai Hope, finally!
Tea, Day 2
Having bowled India out at the stroke of lunch, West Indies went into Tea on the second day at 82 for 3, still trailing by 215 runs at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound, Antigua. It was quite a fast start by West Indies, with John Campbell in putting India's red-ball rustiness to test with some fine shots. The one that particularly stood out was his airy cover drive in only the fourth over of the innings. On a flat pitch, it felt like he would go onto to make a significant score but Mohammed Shami put paid to that in his first over. Bowling from round the wicket, Shami's inswinger found a way through off Campbell's inside edge. Ishant and Jadeja struck then to have West Indies three down.
Brooks falls to Jadeja, 50/3
Bit short, toe end, first slip. Ricochets off the right thigh off Pant and settle into the hands of the man at first slip... Out comes Chase. Where's Shai Hope? Possibly a bit fatigued after his keepin' duties.
Brathwaite falls, 48/2
This is a big wicket for India. They weren't able to force the issue because Brathwaite was dead-batting everything. Now they have Bravo and Brooks to bowl at. Ishant at it for India, getting KB driving at a ball that's not quite there. Sharp return catch too.
Brathwaite has stalled it for India. Bumrah changed ends, bowled a few nasty deliveries but nothing much from him so far. Brooks has looked alright on his debut so far. Has faced 13 balls but is yet to get off the mark. The good thing is that he realized that he needn't be in a hurry.
... and Campbell falls
Bumrah bowled his first spell for no returns, is replaced by Shami and there's a wicket immediately. An inswinging full ball from round the wicket, and he's bowled off an inside edge. Shamarh Brooks walks to the crease on debut.
Campbell and West Indies quick
I would have normally said welcome but you need to know how John Campbell has started. Batting at a strike rate of over 100, he's hit four boundaries inside four overs. One off Ishant, hit uppishly over cover, was orgasmic. Don't we all like a bit of a dash at the top of the order.. But it's never about how quick in Test cricket. Will get back with how India respond.
India 297 all out
It's under 300, yes, but India have more than they would have thought at the start of the day. Ishant was superb and Jadeja a near constant. West Indies let it loose at times. For starters, offspinner Roston Chase kept bowling to Jasprit Bumrah, India's No. 11, when West Indies have a battery for four quick bowlers. And when Roach did bowl, he did so without a square leg. Now to see how West Indies bat against Bumrah, Shami and Ishant after the break. Join us back!
Ishant and Shami fall in quick time
Took a good ball to get Ishant. Full, slow delivery that's inside-edged onto the stumps. Shami walks in (thankfully after Ishant today) and gets out second ball, holing one back to Roston Chase. Jadeja wasn't pleased, obviously, but he soon gets to a fifty, his 11th in Tests. Another good innings. Do you remember his in Sydney?
It's come off 98 balls, with Jadeja contributing 32 runs in that. He's also have had some cramps on his right hand but all fine. Seems determined. Ishant, on the other hand, has looked in greater trouble against the second new ball (which West Indies took 1.2 overs after it was due) but he's managed to keep it out so far. He's ducking/fending everything... safely.
Ishant and Jadeja resist
Okay so the 225 all out isn't happening. We all know Ishant and how he can just exist at the crease. And then there's Jadeja, who's done well so far. Roach and Gabriel have bowled a few short ones - and the pitch looks like it's quickened up - but no dice.
Roach strikes early
He did this to right-handers on Day 1 and here's he doing it to a left-hander on Day 2. Goes wide on the crease (from round the wicket in this case) and angles it in. Gets it to seam away, Pant defends with hard hands and off it carries. This is a huge wicket. Ishant Sharma walks in next and West Indies have a shot at bowling India for something around 225 now.
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Subash is at the venue and pings that it's not an early start but the sessions have been lengthened to accommodate lost overs from yesterday. "Seems nice weather wise but rains like yesterday are expected," he adds.
Welcome to Day 2
"The pitch has flattened out." That's how Sunil Gavaskar reckons on air, arguing that India batted in slightly more difficult conditions yesterday and should look to bat as long as possible. Ajay Jadeja reckons that the pitch will be quicker with the sun baking it by the minute. There are no indentations on the pitch, so it should play well but there will always be that ball that moves away. Pujara and Vihari will testify to that. And Kohli will argue how a short ball is never out of play. What do we have in store today?
Here's what West Indies coach Floyd Reifer thought about yesterday's play: "Kemar Roach bowled a great spell, swung the ball and bowled in the right line and length. Gabriel had a very good spell as well and skipper followed up. Early moisture in the pitch - we made the most use of it. Getting Pujara and Kohli out early was beneficial to us."
Subash Jayaraman wrote about how Roach and Holder kept going at him, keeping Indian batsmen hungry at one end and inviting mistakes from the other.
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