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West Indies left in a spin by Ashwin & Co in 2nd Test

Ravi Ashwin beat Marlon Samuels in flight. Photo: Associated Press
Jermaine Blackwood gets on top of the bounce against India on July 30, 2016. Photo: Associated Press
Jermaine Blackwood gets on top of the bounce against India on July 30, 2016. Photo: Associated Press
Kraigg Brathwaite fended a short ball to forward short leg. Photo: Associated Press
Kraigg Brathwaite fended a short ball to forward short leg. Photo: Associated Press
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The West Indies once again crumbled in front of the Indians and Ravi Ashwin, being all out for just 196 on the first day, Saturday July 30, 2016 of the second Test at Sabina Park, Jamaica.

Opting to bat first at Sabina Park, West Indies were sent reeling by seamer Ishant Sharma, slumping to seven runs for three wickets in the morning’s sixth over before recovering to be dismissed on the stroke of tea for 196 in their first innings.

The revival was spearheaded by Jermaine Blackwood who punched a run-a-ball 62 while fellow Jamaican Marlon Samuels carved out 37, in a crucial 81-run fourth wicket stand.

Debutant fast bowler Miguel Cummins struck a breezy, unbeaten 24 down the order to help West Indies muster some precious runs deep in the second session but the other batsman all failed miserably.

Off-spinner Ravi Ashwin was the architect of the Windies demise, snatching five for 52 to put India in command of the contest. Seamers Mohammed Shami (2-23) and Ishant (2-53) provided the support.

In reply, left-handed opener Lokesh Rahul carved out a fluent unbeaten 75 to push India into a strong position on 126 for one at the close – only 70 runs behind West Indies.

He put on 87 for the first wicket with Shikhar Dhawan who made 27, and has so far added a further 39 for the second wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara, who was unbeaten on 18.

 

2 Responses to “West Indies left in a spin by Ashwin & Co in 2nd Test”

  • pat (31/07/2016, 15:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Poor windiess
  • Tallfat (31/07/2016, 20:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    looks like licks again. A captain who they claim is an all rounder has not produced the goods with neither bat or ball and only maintains his position because he is the captain. I like Carlos though, he genuinely gives everything he has. Well besides Blackwood, Samuel and Bravo we got a team that really don't put any fear in the opponents. Well for the good of the team they debut Cummings kept the captain and look at the result. What is his purpose if it is not with bat and ball?


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