Young guns fire to put India on top


India’s charge on day two of the second Test against the West Indies was led by youngsters Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant.

The West Indies resistance was ended early on the second day. They would add just 16 runs to their overnight total and be bowled out for 311. Roston Chase (106) was able to complete his fourth Test century though before he was castled by Umesh Yadav to complete the paceman’s five-fer.

Umesh ended with figures of 6/88 which is not to be sniffed at in Indian conditions.

Shaw took the attack to the West Indies straight away, recognizing the need to put the bowlers under pressure with the new ball.

The young opener dominated the first two partnerships, putting on 61 with Lokesh Rahul (4) and 37 with Cheteshwar Pujara, before he drove Jomel Warrican straight to extra cover.

When Shannon Gabriel removed Pujara for 10 to leave India 102 for 3 there might have been some concern that a collapse was imminent but Shaw’s quick runs allowed Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane to consolidate.

The pair added 60 runs in 22.5 overs before Kohli was adjudged leg before, he would of course review but Jason Holder’s delivery proved to be clipping leg stump and the skipper went leaving India 162 for 4 still 149 runs behind the Windies effort.

Pant entered the fray intent on dictating the pace of the game and quickly had the West Indies on the back foot while Rahane continued to play the anchor role.

By the final over of the day India had moved to within one shot of overtaking the West Indies but Pant would restrain himself this time much to the relief of the India fans and his partner Rahane (75*).

Pant’s 85 not out came off just 120 balls and included ten fours and two sixes. India ended the day on 308 for 4, three runs behind the West Indies.