Rahane, Pant put India on even keel
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.
CAREER-BEST SHOW FROM UMESH
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
MOST RUNS BY AN ASIAN CAPTAIN IN TESTS ENDING A 19YEAR WAIT
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.
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