Ra­hane, Pant put In­dia on even keel

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Htsportsmax - Ni­lankur Das ni­lankur.das@htlive.com

IN CON­TROL Duo adds 146 for the un­bro­ken fifth wicket af­ter Umesh’s six­wicket haul pegs Windies to 311 on Day 2

The 18,555 fans who turned up on Satur­day at the Ra­jiv Gandhi In­ter­na­tional Cricket Sta­dium here, mainly to watch their hero Vi­rat Kohli bat, got to see a dif­fer­ent show, one that fea­tured two cocky In­dian young­sters.

The 18-year-old Prithvi Shaw (70 — 53 balls, 11x4, 1x6) and 21-year-old Rishabh Pant (85 bat­ting — 120 balls, 10x4, 2x6) helped In­dia get their act to­gether at dif­fer­ent stages of the in­nings.

In re­ply to West Indies’ firstin­nings 311, In­dia took flight on the wings of Shaw, then had a few jit­tery mo­ments get­ting re­duced to 102/3, los­ing skip­per Kohli be­fore tea to be re­duced to 162/4, and then fi­nally coast­ing on an un­beaten 146-run stand for the fifth wicket be­tween Ajinkya Ra­hane (75 bat­ting — 174 balls, 6x4)andPant­toendDay2on 308/4. Some poor field­ing and two cru­cial dropped catches by the vis­i­tors lent a help­ing hand to the hosts.



In­dia had wrapped up the vis­i­tors’ in­nings within half an hour on Satur­day with West Indies man­ag­ing to add just 16 runs to their overnight to­tal. Ros­ton Chase (106 — 189 balls, 8x4, 1x6) brought up his fourth Test hun­dred in the first ball of the sec­ond over of the day bowled by Kuldeep Ya­dav.

All three wick­ets went to Umesh Ya­dav, who re­turned ca­reer best fig­ures and best by a pacer on this ground with 6/88. His pre­vi­ous best was 5/93 against Aus­tralia in Perth in Jan­uary 2012. This was his sec­ond five-wicket haul in Tests.

Shaw got the In­dian in­nings off to a flier. He was off the mark in the first over by Shan­non


Cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli (Ind) Mis­bah-ul-Haq (Pak) MI 42 69 56 99 Runs Avg 65.12 100s 50s HS 17 9 243 Bowler Umesh Ya­dav Fig­ures Op­po­nent West Indies door for the highly ef­fi­cient medium-pacer Mo­ham­mad Ab­bas to barn­storm the lower or­der with re­lent­lessly ac­cu­rate swing bowl­ing.

This ef­fec­tive com­bi­na­tion set Pak­istan -- who are as at home in the desert as Lawrence of Ara­bia -- on the path to what should have been yet an­other ‘home turf’ vic­tory.

Nev­er­the­less, the in­ex­pe­ri­enced Aus­tralians shouldn’t feel too down­cast be­cause far bet­ter Baggy Green line-ups have been de­stroyed by off-spin, al­beit by tweak­ers with a much more Venue Sea­son Hy­der­abad 2018-19 il­lus­tri­ous CV. In my mem­ory, this malaise started with Eng­land’s Jim Laker in 1956 and gath­ered pace at the be­gin­ning of the new cen­tury with Harb­ha­jan Singh and then Ravi Ash­win, along with oc­ca­sional mis­fires against Mu­ralitha­ran (in Sri Lanka), Pak­istan’s Saqlain Mush­taq and Graeme Swann of Eng­land.

In the con­tro­versy laden 1956 sea­son, Laker plun­dered a strong Aus­tralian line-up that in­cluded the 1948 In­vin­ci­ble team mem­bers, Neil Har­vey and Keith Miller, to the tune of 46


Ajinkya Ra­hane (left) and Rishabh Pant (right) saved In­dia the blushes with a big part­ner­ship on Day 2 of the sec­ond Test against West Indies in Hy­der­abad on Satur­day.


Us­man Khawaja’s 141 de­nied Pak­istan vic­tory at Dubai af­ter Aus­tralia had suf­fered a col­lapse in the first in­nings.

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