Ra­hane, Pant put In­dia on even keel

They add 146 for the un­bro­ken fifth wicket stand af­ter Umesh’s six­wicket haul pegs Windies to 311

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTSPORTSMAX - Ni­lankur Das

HY­DER­ABAD: 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 to­tal of 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) and Pant to end Day 2 on 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 Gabriel with a punch off the back­foot to the point bound­ary. The next ball, he up­per cut an­other short one for six over third-man, a la Viren­der Se­hwag.

The con­fi­dence Shaw had got from his cen­tury on de­but in Ra­jkot showed as he dis­patched ev­ery loose ball, of which there were many, and some very good ones to all cor­ners of the park. He showed com­mand with shots square of the wicket on ei­ther side.

KL Rahul was still look­ing to set­tle down on four when In­dia got to 50 in just 7.2 overs with Shaw on 34. Byes were the sec­ond-high­est scorer then at 12. West Indies keeper Shane Dowrich got a knock on his left knee try­ing to stop a Gabriel de­liv­ery

and was car­ried off the field. The ball went for four byes. There were two more fours in byes as sub­sti­tute keeper Jah­mar Hamil­ton ini­tially strug­gled to get used to the bounce of the pitch.

Dowrich is un­likely to bat in the sec­ond in­nings and so, af­ter Shardul Thakur, both In­dia and West Indies are play­ing with 10 bats­men.

DROPPED CHANCES HURT VIS­I­TORS

Shaw got a respite on 45 when Shai Hope dropped him at slips off left-arm spin­ner Jomel War­ri­can. Pant was on 24 when keeper Hamil­ton failed to latch on to an edge off Gabriel. In­dia were 196/4 then and the en­su­ing four brought up the 200.

Both Rahul and Chetesh­war Pu­jara will be dis­ap­pointed with their show here. Rahul chopped one on to his stumps and Pu­jara got a faint edge to the keeper.

Kohli was set­tling down with Ra­hane when one from Ja­son Holder nipped back and he was given out leg be­fore. He re­viewed but had to go af­ter an ‘um­pire’s call’ on hit­ting the stumps. He scored 45 (78 balls, 5x4).

AFP

Ajinkya Ra­hane (left) and Rishabh Pant (right) saved the blushes af­ter In­dia lost four wick­ets with 162 on board on Day 2 of the sec­ond Test against West Indies in Hy­der­abad on Satur­day.

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