The hosts’ Indian cricket team is at the dominant position over Windies at the end of the second day of the first Test of two-match Test series at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium (Rajkot). While India’s first innings finished on 649/9 decl., Windies ended the day on 94/6.
India began the day on their overnight score 364/4 and the skipper Virat Kohli stretched the scoreboard along with the young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who played a fast knock. Pant completed his half-century in 57 balls and scored 92 runs off 84 balls (8 fours and 4 sixes) before getting out while he and Kohli put 133-run partnership for the fifth wicket. During that partnership, Kohli also completed his century in 184 balls.
The skipper Kohli played a 139-run knock off 230 balls (10 fours) and after his dismissal, Ravindra Jadeja carried that innings with the lower-order batsmen. Playing his 58th Test innings, Jadeja first completed his half-century in 87 balls and then he reached to his maiden international century in 132 balls.
Jadeja remained not out at the end of the innings on 100 off 132 balls (5 fours and 5 sixes) as the skipper declared that innings on 649/9, just after Jadeja completed his century.
Among the Windies bowlers, the leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo took four wickets but conceded 217 runs. Also, Sherman Lewis (2/93) picked up two wickets while Shannon Gabriel (1/84), Roston Chase (1/137) and the stand-in-skipper Kraigg Brathwaite (1/47) took one wicket each.
In reply, Windies was on 94/6 at the stumps on the day two. In the ongoing innings, only Roston Chase has managed to reach the 20-run mark as he was not out on 27 runs while the another unbeaten batsman Keemo Paul is the second highest runs scorer with 13 runs. Windies are still trailing by 555 runs.
Indian pacer Mohammed Shami (2/11) bagged two wickets while the spinners Ravichandran Ashwin (1/32), Ravindra Jadeja (1/9) and Kuldeep Yadav (1/19) picked up one wicket each.
Some important stats of day 2 of Rajkot Test between India and Windies
- Indian skipper Virat Kohli scored 139 runs. Playing his 123rd Test innings, Kohli scored his 24th Test century which is the second fastest (according to number of Test matches) to score 24 Test centuries. The record holder is Sir Donald Bradman who scored 24 Test centuries in just 66 Test innings.
- Indian skipper Virat Kohli (1,018) completed 1,000 Test runs in this calendar year (2018) as he becomes the first batsman to reach the milestone in the ongoing calendar year (2018).
- It is the third consecutive time when Virat Kohli scored 1,000+ Test runs in a calendar year. Sixth batsman to score 1,000+ Test runs for consecutive three or more calendar years.
- Indian captain Virat Kohli becomes only the second captain to score 1,000+ Test runs for more than two calendar years. Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting had also scored 1,000+ Test runs for thrice.
- Three Indian batsmen scored centuries (Prithvi Shaw 134; Virat Kohli 139; Ravindra Jadeja 100*) during India’s first innings. It is the fifth time in history when three Indian batsmen scored centuries in a Test innings against West Indies.
- Five Indian batsmen played 50+ knocks (Prithvi Shaw 134; Cheteshwar Pujara 86; Virat Kohli 139; Rishabh Pant 92; Ravindra Jadeja 100*) during India’s first innings. Joint most number of 50+ knocks were played by the Indian batsmen in a Test innings against West Indies. It is the third time when five Indian batsmen played 50+ knocks in a Test innings against West Indies.
- India scored 649/9 decl. in the first innings. It is India’s highest total in a Test innings against West Indies. Their previous record was 644/7 decl. at Kanpur in 1979. In overall, it was India’s 10th highest knock in a Test innings.
- Windies leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo had a bowling figure of 54-3-217-4. Bishoo becomes the second most runs conceding bowler for Windies in a Test innings history. The record holder is the former leg-spinner Tommy Scott who had the bowling figure of 80.2-13-266-5 (against England at Kingston in 1930).
- Also, Devendra Bishoo becomes the third most runs conceding bowler against India in a Test innings history. The top two record holders in this list are both Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath (53.3-2-240-3 at Mumbai, Brabourne Stadium in 2009) and Suraj Randiv (73-16-222-2 at Colombo, SSC in 2010).