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PHOTOS: India thrash Windies by 257 runs, sweep series 2-0

Last updated on: September 03, 2019 21:41 IST

Kohli becomes most successful Indian Test captain with record 28 wins; India lead World Test Championship table with 120 points.

Images from Day 4 of the second Test between India and the West Indies.

India players celebrate the dismissal of Jahmar Hamilton

 

IMAGE: India players celebrate the dismissal of Jahmar Hamilton. Photograph: BCCI

India produced a top-notch bowling performance in a clinical 257-run demolition of the West Indies in the second Test in Kingston, Jamaica, as a 2-0 series victory took them atop of ICC World Test Championship points table.

The victory was Virat Kohli 28th in Tests, making him the most successful Indian captain in the longest format.

 

The win took India's points tally to 120 after two games and they lead the nine-team table even though Pakistan, Bangladesh and South Africa are yet to begin their bilateral campaign as part of the championship.

Chasing a near-impossible target of 468, West Indies batting once again failed to show stomach for a good fight as they caved in for 210 in 59.5 overs, well inside the fourth day.

It was one of the most satisfying tours for skipper Kohli as his team had clean sweeps in the T20Is (3-0) and the Tests (2-0), while poor weather robbed them of a sweep in the ODIs (2-0 in the 3-match series).

The bowling quartet of Ishant Sharma (2/37 in 12 overs), Mohammed Shami (3/65 in 16 overs), Jasprit Bumrah (1/31 in 11 overs) and lone spinner Ravindra Jadeja (3/58 in 16.5 overs) were relentless in their pursuit of maintaining a tight leash on the home team batsmen.

As dark clouds hovered over the Sabina Park during the post-lunch session, the Indian bowlers upped the ante getting four wickets in the first hour after lunch to ensure that there isn't any inordinate delay in achieving the desired result.

Mohammed Shami celebrates after taking out Rahkeem Cornwall

IMAGE: Mohammed Shami celebrates after taking out Rahkeem Cornwall. He finished with figures of 3 for 65. Photograph: BCCI

As far as the match is concerned, the writing was on the cards and Kohli effected a brilliant run-out in the post lunch session.

Starting the post-lunch session at 145 for 4, West Indies lost five wickets in just over an hour adding only 65 runs as a physically indisposed Darren Bravo didn't come out to bat.

In the post-lunch session Jermaine Blackwood (38) got a delivery from Bumrah that pitched on length and moved a shade to take an outside edge which was gobbled up by Rishabh Pant.

The Sharmarh Brooks (50)-Blackwood partnership yielded 61 runs for the fifth wicket. Brooks was lucky to survive in the pre-lunch session but not so much in the post-lunch session when Kohli's quick reflexes brought about his downfall.

Brooks pushed one towards point and started to amble across as Kohli sprinted from his cover position and picked the ball and in turned in the same motion to get his direct throw on target.

Jahmar Hamilton's (0) debut just got worse with Jadeja snuffing him out in the slips and then Shami removed Rahkeem Cornwall with an off-cutter that got the inside edge of his bat to Pant behind the stumps as Shami and Jadeja completed the formalities.

Jasprit Bumrah has a message for someone in the stands after dismissing Jermaine Blackwood

IMAGE: Jasprit Bumrah has a message for someone in the stands after dismissing Jermaine Blackwood. Photograph: BCCI

Such was India's dominance in the two Test matches that West Indies couldn't even cross 250 in any of their four innings and the only half-century was scored by Shamarh Brooks (50) in this game.

There were a few gains from the series and the biggest being Hanuma Vihari's performance as a potent middle-order option with a century and two half-centuries.

Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane's welcome return to form, Jasprit Bumrah's phenomenal show, Jadeja proving his utility as an all-rounder and skipper Kohli lending solidity were the highlights.

The areas of concern will be Rishabh Pant's shoddy show with the bat and KL Rahul's repeated failures in the red-ball format that could lead to selectors looking at other options when South Africa come calling later this month.

Ravindra Jadeja celebrates in vain as the dismissal of Shamarh Brooks is overturned for overstepping

IMAGE: Ravindra Jadeja celebrates in vain as the dismissal of Shamarh Brooks is overturned for overstepping on Day 4 of the second Test between India and the West Indies, at Sabina Park, Kingston, on Monday. Photograph: BCCI

Earlier, West Indies lost a couple of wickets and were reduced to 145 for 4 in pursuit of an improbable 468.

Ishant Sharma (2/28) got his second wicket of the innings while Ravindra Jadeja (1/33) removed the dangerous Roston Chase, but was unlucky not to have scalped Shamarh Brooks (36 batting off 84 balls) after overstepping.

Mohammad Shami unsuccessfully appeals for the wicket of Jeremiah Blackwood

IMAGE: Mohammad Shami unsuccessfully appeals for the wicket of Jermaine Blackwood. Photograph: BCCI

Starting the day at 45 for 2, the hosts were left unsettled when Bravo (23 batting) added only five runs to his overnight score before complaining of uneasiness and left the ground.

The reason for his ill health couldn't be ascertained and a medical update from the West Indies team management is expected.

Brooks was joined by a dogged Chase (12 off 36), who was ready to bring his best defensive game to the fore negotiating the troika of Jasprit Bumrah (0/22), Mohammed Shami (1/44) and Ishant safely.

Ravindra Jadeja celebrates after dismissing Roston Chase.

IMAGE: Ravindra Jadeja celebrates after dismissing Roston Chase leg before wicket. Photograph: BCCI

However, after a 41-run stand, it was Jadeja who trapped Chase leg-before as the umpires' call upheld the on-field decision. It was a fuller delivery that was pitched on leg stump and hit Chase on the front-foot.

Shimron Hetmyer (1), who has had a nightmare of a series, did not last long as skipper Virat Kohli's plan to keep a fielder at cover paid off.

Ishant Sharma appeals

IMAGE: Ishant Sharma appeals unsuccessfully for leg before wicket against Roston Chase. Photograph: BCCI

Birthday boy Ishant bowled one at a good length and the uppishly played shot was gleefully pouched by Mayank Agarwal.

Brooks, who had looked pretty solid, could have also been on his way back had Jadeja not overstepped. It was a delivery that held its line as Brooks prodded in-front and the thick outside edge was taken by Ajinkya Rahane at first slip.

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