Virat & Co. tighten noose
India decided against enforcing the follow-on despite bundling the West Indies out for 117 and gaining a massive 299-run first-innings lead on Day III of the second and final Test, at the Sabina Park.
The West Indies, resuming on a dismal 87 for seven, batted for 14.1 overs more before their first innings was over in just 47.1 overs.
India, scoring 416 in their first innings, were 73 for four in their second innings at tea on Sunday. Ajinkya Rahane was batting on 23, while Hanuma Vihari was on 3.
India had lost opener Mayank Agarwal (4) early, trapped leg before off Kemar Roach’s bowling.
In the post-lunch session, India lost three more wickets in quick succession with Roach striking twice and captain Jason Holder taking one wicket.
KL Rahul (6) wasn’t at all looking comfortable and his struggle was brought to an end by Roach, who made the opener nick one to the Windies wicketkeeper. Rahul pushed at it away from the body and the edge was easily pouched by Jahmar Hamilton.
Captain Virat Kohli (0) then was dismissed off the very next ball as Roach got it to move just a shade away and forcing the batsman to edge to the wicketkeeper. Like Bumrah, Roach too could have had a hat-trick. Unfortunately, his hat-trick ball to Rahane went for four off an inside edge.
Cheteshwar Pujara (27) and Rahane then tried to stitch a partnership, but Holder got one to bounce a bit awkwardly that resulted in the dismissal of the India No. 3 batsman, who was caught at the slip cordon.
Earlier, Roach (17) impressed with the bat too especially after the specialist batsmen surrendered to a rampaging Bumrah (6/26), who could not add to his overnight wicket tally after becoming the third Indian to take a Test hat-trick.
Hamilton tested the patience of the Indian bowlers before Ishant Sharma got rid of him for his sole wicket of the innings.
The first to be dismissed on Day III was Rahkeem Cornwall (14), who could not deal with a well-directed bouncer from Mohammad Shami, spooning a simple catch to Ajinkya Rahane. The Windies did well to last a little more than an hour in the morning session after showing no application with the bat on the second day when Bumrah wreaked havoc.
With a huge lead in the bag, India were expected to enforce the follow-on but decided against it, allowing some rest to the bowlers.