India Win Test Series And Take Number 1 Spot On World Test Championship Table
India marched to victory in the second test match against the West Indies at Kingston on Monday night and won by 257 runs to complete a 2-0 series whitewash. The series was a part of the World Test Championship and India’s clean sweep saw them secure 60 points for each win to land a total of 120 points and take the number one spot on the points table. New Zealand and is currently in second place with points.
Indian Batting Line-up Fires
India had a great first innings as just about all of their top batsmen were amongst the runs except for KL Rahul. M Agarwal scored 55 in the first innings and showed that he can become a permanent fixture for India at the top of the order.
Kohli (76) played a solid innings and it looked like he was going to get another test century when he fell to Holder. G Vihari who got out in the 90s during the first test match once again played a brilliant innings and this time around he made sure he got to the 3 figure mark.
There was a point in the innings when it looked like Vihari would run out of partners but I Sharma put his boots down and played a gritty knock making 57 and helped Vihari to get to his first test century. India put up a massive total of 416 which put them in a commanding position.
Fast Bowlers Too Much For The West Indies
J Bumrah stole the show in the first innings by bowling a brilliant spell the blew the West Indies away. Bumrah took his first hat trick in test cricket as he dismantled the top order, claiming the first 5 wickets and later going on to take his 6th wicket to bowl the West Indies out for just 117.
The batting let the West Indies down right throughout the series and it was no different in the second test. Their captain Jason Holder called for the batsmen to show more responsibility but they found the Indian fast bowlers a little too much to handle.
India went on to declare for 168/4 in the second innings to set the West Indies a target of 468 runs. The West Indies were never going to be able to chase that down given the way they played throughout the series and it was just a matter of time before India wrapped up their second innings.
The fast bowlers were once again amongst the wickets in the second innings but this time around they shared the wickets. I Sharma picked up 2, Shami picked up 3 and Bumrah took 1. R Jadeja made use of a 5th day wicket and picked up 3 scalps to dismiss the West Indies for 210.
Kohli Pleased With Team’s Performance
Virat Kohli was happy with another overseas test series victory and the fact that India has secured crucial points in the World Test Championship. Kohli praised the team for a collective effort throughout the test series that enabled them to completely outplay the West Indies in all departments of the game.
H Vihari received the man of the match award and also special praise from his captain who said the dressing room feels calm when he is at the crease. He also praised the bowling unit as all the fast bowlers fired when it mattered and Jadeja for bowling long spells and tying up one end as always.
The India team will now head back home and see if they can get a few days of much needed rest. However, they will have to assemble again pretty quickly as they have a home series coming up against South Africa with the first T20 match starting on 15 September.