Woeful! - Windies struggle with bat, as India take charge of second Test
A magnificent spell of fast swing bowling from Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah has left India in total command after Day 2 of the second Test against the West Indies at Sabina Park.
The home side, replying to India’s first-innings score of 416, were 87 for 7 at stumps, thanks to a superb six-wicket haul from Bumrah, which also included a hat-trick.
The languid seamer bowled with guile and skill and began the demolition job in the seventh over of the Windies innings when he first sent back opener John Campbell, caught behind for two with just nine runs on the board.
Four runs later, Bumrah would pick up the first of his hat-trick wickets when he got one to cut off the pitch and found the edge of Darren Bravo, who was snapped up by KL Rahul at slip for four to leave the home side in tatters at 13 for 2.
Things would get worse for the hosts on the very next ball as Barbadian Shamarh Brooks was struck in front and was immediately given out by umpire Richard Kettleborough. Brooks would go for the review, however, the Hawk Eye system showed that the ball would go on to hit the stumps.
With their tails up, Bumrah sent down another darting in-swinging delivery, which also struck number five batsman Roston Chase in front, however, umpire Kettleborough initially gave the decision not out, but India’s captain Virat Kohli wisely went for the review, which showed the ball hitting the stumps, to hand Bumrah his hat-trick.
Bumrah’s hat-trick feat was the third by an Indian bowler in Test cricket behind Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan.
With the hosts reeling at 13 for 4, opener Kraigg Brathwaite and Shimron Hetmyer went about a mini-recovery, and they managed to get the score to 22 before Brathwaite edged Bumrah to the wicketkeeper for 10 at 22 for 5.
The sparse crowd could not believe the capitulation from the home team, however, they would get a brief respite as Hetmyer and skipper Jason Holder would eke out another 45 runs before Hetmyer, who played a lovely little cameo to get to 34, played all around one from Mohammed Shami to leave the Windies on 67 for 6.
Captain Jason Holder, who could not hide his disappointment at the dismissal of Hetmyer, could in turn curse himself as he would gift away his wicket with just a couple of overs to go in the day’s play.
The right-hander tried to go over the top to counter Bumrah’s swing, however, he skied one and was caught by substitute Rohit Sharma for 18.
Debutants Jahmar Hamilton and Rahkeem Cornwall would see out the remaining overs to be on two and four runs not out, respectively, as the Windies ended the day in a precarious position at 87 for 7, still 329 runs behind, with three wickets in hand.
Earlier, India, who resumed on their overnight 264 for 5, piled on another 152 runs to post a formidable total of 416, thanks largely to a 112-run eighth-wicket stand between Hanuma Vihari, who hit his maiden Test century of 111, and Ishant Sharma.
Fast bowler Sharma would also get his maiden Test half-century, scoring 57 before he held out to Hetmyer off part-time spinner Kraigg Brathwaite.
Holder would eventually wrap up the innings, having Vihari caught by Roach to claim his 100th Test wicket and his third consecutive five-wicket haul at Sabina Park.
Holder finished with 5 for 77, while off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall claimed 3 for 105.
A disappointing head coach Floyd Reifer lamented the team’s batting woes.
“Disappointing again, what can I say. We didn’t leave alone a lot of balls early. The ball was moving around a lot, and you have to play the ball as late as possible on this pitch. This is something we have to work on going forward. I know the fans are disappointed, and it was a disappointing day for us, but we have to be positive and battle out the tough spells,” said Reifer.
Vihari, meanwhile, praised the effort of his bowlers, in particular, Bumrah.
“I think we bowled brilliantly on this wicket. We stuck to our game plan, and the first thing tomorrow morning is to get the remaining wickets as quickly as possible to set ourselves up for the win,” said the Indian centurian.
INDIA 1st Innings
(overnight 264 for five)
KL Rahul c Cornwall b Holder 13
M Agarwal c Cornwall b Holder 55
C Pujara c Brooks b Cornwall 6
*V Kohli c wkp Hamilton b Holder 76
A Rahane c wkp Hamilton b Roach 24
H Vihari c Roach b Holder 111
+R Pant b Holder 27
R Jadeja c Bravo b Cornwall 16
Ishant Sharma c Hetmyer b Brathwaite 57
Mohammed Shami c wkp Hamilton b Cornwall 0
J Bumrah not out 0
Extras (b11, lb19, w1) 31
TOTAL (all out, 140.1 overs) 416
Fall of wickets: 1-32 (Rahul), 2-46 (Pujara), 3-115 (Agarwal), 4-164 (Rahane), 5-202 (Kohli), 6-264 (Pant), 7-302 (Jadeja), 8-414 (Sharma), 9-416 (Shami), 10-416 (Vihari).
Bowling: Roach 30-9-77-1 (w1), Gabriel 21-4-74-0, Holder 32.1-9-77-5, Cornwall 41-10-105-3, Chase 14-4-45-0, Brathwaite 2-0-8-1.
WEST INDIES 1st Innings
K Brathwaite c wkp Pant b Bumrah 10
J Campbell c wkp Pant b Bumrah 2
D Bravo c Rahul b Bumrah 4
S Brooks lbw b Bumrah 0
R Chase lbw b Bumrah 0
S Hetmyer b Shami 34
*J Holder c sub (Rohit Sharma) b Bumrah 18
+J Hamilton not out 2
R Cornwall not out 4
Extras (b8, lb5) 13
TOTAL (7 wkts, 33 overs) 87
Fall of wickets: 1-9 (Campbell), 2-13 (Bravo), 3-13 (Brooks), 4-13 (Chase), 5-22 (Brathwaite), 6-67 (Hetmyer), 7-78 (Holder)
To bat: K. Roach, S. Gabriel
Bowling: Ishant Sharma 6.5-2-20-0, Bumrah 9.1-3-16-6, Mohammed Shami 8-3-19-1, Jadeja 9-5-19-0.
Position: West Indies trail by 329 runs with three first innings wickets intact.
Toss: West Indies
Umpires: Richard Kettleborough, Paul Reiffel; TV – Rod Tucker.