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2nd Test Day 2: Pant, Rahane put India on top against West Indies


A combined effort – with Umesh Yadav, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant playing starring roles – helped India to a position of strength at the end Day 2 of the second Test against the Windies in Hyderabad. India finished Day 2 at 308/4.g

Umesh Yadav began the day with the dismissal of Devendra Bishoo. Roston Chase, then brought up the first hundred for a West Indies batsman in India since 2011, but failed to negotiate one that seamed past his inside edge and into the stumps.

Umesh then bowled the rare outswinger to get the edge from Gabriel. Four of his six victims were either bowled or lbw. West Indies could add only 16 to their overnight 295 for 7.

Fifteen of those were struck off in the first over itself with Prithwi Shaw severe on any width given to him. Rahul was taking his time to get going but Shaw had reached top gear already, showcasing strong wrist work on either side of the wicket.

Rahul, on the other hand, didn’t look too comfortable and his outing lasted only 24 deliveries when he made a late decision to shoulder arms to a Holder delivery and ended up chopping on.

Shaw register his second fifty-plus score in as many innings, getting there off only 39 deliveries to take India to 80 for 1 at Lunch. Shaw continued from where he left off at the break, scoring boundaries at will as he was bullying the Windies bowlers into submission.

However, he attempted one too many and fell after a 53-ball stay in which he scored 11 fours and a six.

On a pitch that wasn’t really doing much for the bowlers, the Indian batsmen themselves were to blame for their dismissals, with Pujara handing Gabriel a wicket after a loose waft outside off.

Holder got one to nip back and Kohli, having missed a flick, was trapped in front.

For the first time in the series, West Indies managed to put India under pressure, but Ajinkya Rahane and Prithvi Shaw bailed them out of a spot of bother not without some help from lacklustre fielding. It was an important innings for Rahane.

He was not at his best but he battled through, waiting for the bad balls and accelerating gradually.

He was helped by Pant’s attacking intent, and the easy drop by substitute wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton.

Once let off, Pant went on to display the virtues of his batting, his intent putting bowlers under extreme pressure.

Pant, on the other hand, couldn’t wait to hit the spinners, hitting them for seven fours and two successive sixes off the left-arm spin of Worrican.

Rahane was unbeaten on 75, while Pant was batting on 85 at the end of Day 2’s play with an unbeaten 146 run for the fifth wicket.