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Shami into the act; One to go
Stumps in disarray again. A recurring pattern in the last hour or so. But this time it is Shami, who gets Chase to play inside the line and knocks out his off pole.
Gabriel then nicks a harmless (relatively) delivery to leave West Indies at 50/9. What a capitulation!
A one of a kind fifer
Another dream ball. There have been so many from Jasprit Bumrah here. Poor Jason Holder pushes hopefully from the crease. Ball is angled in at a 90mph and shapes away late to clip base of the off-stump. Uff! 37/7
Bumrah finishes top spell with figures of 8-4-7-5
Bumrah now has a fifer in South Africa, England, Australia and West Indies. All in the span of a 1.5 years
A dream spell from Bumrah - WI six down
This has been mostly unplayable stuff from JasB. We know his ability to bring the ball into the right-hander but with a strong wrist position, he's getting balls to zag the other way and that's taken him a level higher!
Take this delivery to Shai Hope. An outswinger that pitches on middle and off and takes out the off pole. He's bowled 71% outswingers! He's flipped his ratio
Tea: West Indies 15/5
This is shocking no matter how you look at it. Some shocking shot selections, but some shockingly brilliant fast bowling, even by India's lofty standards. Ishant gets Hetmyer driving and this time Rahane holds on to a nice catch at Gully.
Just before Tea then, Bumrah sets up Darren Bravo with two outswingers and follows that with a booming inswinger that knocks the off pole out! Phew!
Should have been four down
... but Kohli shells one in the slips. Bumrah and Ishant breathing fire here and it's the former who opens Hetmyer up with an away seamer. Hetmyer edges it to third slip where the Indian captain can't hold on to a reverse cupper!
Bumrah has his hands on his mouth. Kohli is quick to raise a hand in apology.
Three down in a jiffy
One traffic India's way so far. Bumrah has 2, Ishant has 1 and West Indies are finding it tough to live with a champion fast bowling unit. John Campbell leaves a gap between bat and pad and Bumrah finds it with an inswinger to knock the off pole out of the ground.
In the next over Ishant Sharma bends an inswinger into Brooks and traps him in front. West Indies 10/3
An early setback
Kraigg Brathwaite with a needless poke outside offstump, edges it to the keeper. Bumrah on the board early. Just what West Indies didn't want. 7/1 chasing 149! Gulp!
No ton for Vihari; India declare
India were waiting for Vihari's hundred to declare. But there is no first Test ton for the Hyderabad man. He is strangled down the leg side by Holder for 93 and Kohli wastes no time calling his players back. Big disappointment for Vihari. Test hundreds don't come easy. He'd done all the hard work. But alas.
West Indies now need a World Record 419 runs to win this. Can any of their players do a Stokes?
Pant perishes to another of his on-the-knees slog. Finds deep square leg. A fourth wicket for Chase. Pant will be excused specifically for today because of the game situation but there is a pattern to his dismissals in international cricket.
But a more important sub-plot developing right now is that of Vihari getting to his maiden ton. He's deep into the eighties but still looking to play his shots. West Indies meanwhile are resorting to some short-pitched bowling. Some of them are well-directed, the others have been wayward.
Century and gone
Declaration batting from Rahane who tries to make room and loft Shannon Gabriel over the infield. Gets no timing and departs after offering extra cover a simple catch. End of a fine innings!
Rahane gets to 100
Relief is the overarching emotion. Rahane tucks the ball away for a single, crouches on his haunches for a bat before breaking into a wide grin. Arms aloft to soak in the applause but the helmet stays put. His last Test ton came in Sri Lanka, 18 Tests and nearly 2 years ago. There were even question marks over his spot no longer remaining certain. This should free him up!
Meanwhile, India's lead is nearing 400. Vihari has a 100 of his own in sights! Domincance
Lunch: India lead by 362
Last ball of lunch, Vihari clips a ball towards mid-wicket for single. Away from the buzz at Headingley, Vihari and Rahane have quietly added 100 for the fifth wicket. India now lead by 362. Tune back in 40 minutes to see if Rahane can get to his century. He is just 10 away.
Also ICYMI: Ben Stokes has pulled off a miracle at Leeds. Hang around Cricbuzz for there'l be a lot of specials to come.
A second half-century for Vihari
A very confident innings this for Hanuma Vihari. Barring a few hiccups against Roach, he has been really pleasing with his shot selection. Has been particularly effective against Roston Chase.
Rahane marches on
... into the 70s now. But as good as this phase has been for Indian supporters, it is only fair to note that the attention of the cricketing world is directed at Headingley where Ben Stokes is playing the innings of a lifetime. You must follow that blog with Pratyush Sinha, right here.
FYI: Kemar Roach has walked off the field after his last over. Spin is back on!
Important knock for Vihari
Remember he is in direct competition with Rohit Sharma if he is to nail that sixth batsman role here and while some may call that unfair on him (Rohit is not a regular on the first class circuit anymore) but his natural ability will always keep him in contention.
Vihari has shown good timing on his on and off drives so far. Roach though presents him the ultimate challenge against this new ball. Wide off the crease and the ball cutting away has opened him up twice so far.
ICYMI: Lead is past 300!
Confident start for Vihari
Has been helped by a couple of hit-me deliveries from Chase. Short and wide and Vihari is happy to cut them past backward point for a two and a four.
New ball available now and Roach is thrown the cherry. Decent progress from India despite that early Kohli wicket. They've added 26 runs from the 8 overs with the old ball.
An early wicket - Kohli falls
If West Indies were asked to pick a cricketing cliche ahead of the day's play - pretty sure the would have gone for "just the start we want. They've started with spin from one end (a fit-again Miguel Cummins producing the oomph from the other) and Roston Chase has sent back Kohli.
It's your prototypical offspinner starting on middle and going towards leg, Kohli closes the bat face early on his flick and the leading edge pops up to cover The Indian captain does not add to his overnight score of 51.
Rahane still in and with a chance to score his first Test ton in nearly two years. Speaking of stats, what about this one on the disparity of Kohli's conversion rates between first and second innings. But you must remember, pitch conditions generally deteriorate and are not the best for batting.
Day 4 - Prelude
England routed India 4-1 at home and blanked the Sri Lankans 3-0 at their home and landed in the Caribbean a confident and buoyant No. 2 ranked side in the Test world. West Indies, eighth in the rankings, were reeling from losing back-to-back series 0-2 to India and Bangladesh.
Yet, in a remarkable seven days of cricketing action, the Test series was decided with the home team taking an unassailable 2-0 lead and dumping England down to fifth in the rankings. This, as they say, is why they play the games.
There is a cautionary tale for India in that humiliating series loss of England, as they embark on their two Tests series on August 22, against the West Indies. Led by their resourceful skipper Jason Holder, and a fast bowling corps that is every bit as good as any currently going around, and batsmen capable of digging in and hitting out, especially in their home conditions, West Indies are no easy pushovers.
India should treat this as the potential banana peel series that it is, as their march for a date with the final of the World Test Championship at Lord's in the summer of 2021 begins. India cannot afford to lose the series if they are to hold on to their top ranking. India are yet to lose a Test to the West Indies in this decade, winning 9 of the 14 Tests played, and the rest drawn. India are the No.1 ranked Test side in the world and have been so for nearly three years running.
West Indies have retained essentially the same squad that beat England earlier this year. Left arm spinner Jomel Warrican has been replaced by the big hitting, big spinning, big Antiguan Rahkeem Cornwall, who would be looking forward to making his Test debut in his home ground. Alzarri Joseph, another Antiguan, has been lost to injury, while Keemo Paul retained his Test spot in the squad after being pushed in to play when Holder was suspended for the dead rubber against England due to over rate suspension.
India would be donning whites for the first time - with names and numbers on their backs, no less - since their epochal series victory over Australia in Australia. Even as they trounced the West Indies in the limited-overs leg of the tour by margins of 3-0 in T20Is and 2-0 in ODIs, Test matches are a different kettle of fish.
For a side that has been at the top of the world Test rankings for 34 months, India still have a few questions to mull over before Virat Kohli walks out to the center of the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium for the toss on Thursday.
With the 61-Tests experience of Murali Vijay out of the scene, and Shikhar Dhawan not in favour since the tour of England in 2018, and the loss of the young gun Prithvi Shaw first to injury, and then to a drug suspension, the key opening spots are a weak link in this India team. While Mayank Agarwal rushed in for the Boxing Day Test as a replacement was impressive, his state teammate KL Rahul should count himself lucky to be in the side and possibly opening the innings averaging just 35 after 34 Tests.
Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane pushed himself up the order to open in the second innings of the only tour game against West Indies A, replacing Rahul. So, who'll be walking out with Mayank? Only Kohli knows at this point, given that even Hanuma Vihari has done well in both innings of the tour game and showed some ticker opening the innings while facing the Aussie pacers down under.
Some of the India's bowlers are coming off a long layoff; Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and R Ashwin have not been on national duty since the Australian series; Jasprit Bumrah was probably wrapped in cotton wool after the World Cup semi final exit. India's prospects in this series will depend on three of these four gentlemen, most certainly.
And then there is Indian cricket's most favorite and vexing question: Should Rohit Sharma be in the playing XI? Kohli has shown the propensity of using a five-man bowling attack in which case, Rohit will certainly miss out but if the Indian management deems the use of four bowlers, there might be a spot for him.
England and West Indies used a seamer-loaded attack at the ground in North Sound in February early this year and if the conditions are similar, India could opt for three seamers and the question of the choice of spinner between Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav pops up. The second Test of the series is at Sabina Park, Jamaica, which even though may not hold the same threat of yesteryears, might pose similar questions of bowling combinations.
West Indies on the other hand are most likely to play the same XI that defeated England at Bridgetown, Barbados with Rahkeem Cornwall making his debut in place of the injured Alzarri Joseph.
It is a weird, wild world of cricket where the eighth ranked side has the more settled look while the top ranked team has questions to answer. But then, India has played the same XI in consecutive Tests just once under the captaincy of Kohli in 46 Tests, so they must be quite accustomed to the fluidity in their playing side. Despite all their changes, they have held onto the mantle of the top Test team in the world for so long. And that is why, as is said, they play the games.
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