Pant, Ra­hane give In­dia con­trol in sec­ond Test

Oman Daily Observer - - TENNIS/CRICKET -

HY­DER­ABAD, In­dia: Ajinkya Ra­hane and Rishabh Pant hit un­beaten half-cen­turies to hand In­dia the ad­van­tage against West Indies on day two of the sec­ond Test in Hy­der­abad on Satur­day.

The hosts were 308 for four at stumps, trail­ing the West Indies by three runs. Ra­hane, on 75, and Pant, on 85, have put on an un­beaten 146run fifth-wicket stand in Hy­der­abad.

Pace­man Umesh Ya­dav also played a part in In­dia’s dom­i­na­tion with his ca­reer-best fig­ures of 6-88 that helped bowl out the West Indies for 311 early in the morn­ing ses­sion.

In re­ply In­dia were in trou­ble at 162-4 with West Indies skip­per Ja­son Holder tak­ing two wick­ets in­clud­ing his coun­ter­part Vi­rat Kohli’s prized scalp in the af­ter­noon ses­sion.

The right-left bat­ting com­bi­na­tion of Ra­hane and Pant en­sured a wick­et­less fi­nal ses­sion with their con­trast­ing bat­ting.

Ra­hane played a cau­tious knock to regis­ter his 15th Test fifty while Pant was his swash­buck­ling self as he hit 10 fours and 2 big sixes in his 120-ball stay so far.

It was Pant’s sec­ond suc­ces­sive 50 plus score af­ter his 92 in the team’s open­ing win in Ra­jkot.

Teenage opener Prithvi Shaw also smashed 70 off 53 balls as In­dia mounted a strong re­ply only to lose to their way af­ter lunch.

Shaw fell to left-arm spin­ner Jomel War­ri­can af­ter hit­ting 11 fours and a six and Pu­jara went for 10 in the very next over off pace­man Shan­non Gabriel. West Indies (O/n: 295/7): K Brath­waite lbw K Ya­dav-----------------------------14 K Pow­ell c Jadeja b Ash­win--------------------------22 S Hope lbw U Ya­dav -------------------------------------36 S Het­myer lbw K Ya­dav --------------------------------12 S Am­bris c Jadeja b K Ya­dav-------------------------18 R Chase b U Ya­dav--------------------------------------106 S Dowrich lbw U Ya­dav---------------------------------30 J Holder c Pant b U Ya­dav-----------------------------52 Dbishoobuya­dav----------------------------------------2 J War­ri­can (not out) ---------------------------------------8 S Gabriel c Pant b U Ya­dav------------------------------0 Ex­tras (B-4, LB-7)-----------------------------------------11 To­tal (all out, 101.4 overs) ------------------------311 Fall of wick­ets: 1-32, 2-52, 3-86, 4-92, 5-113, 6-182, 7-286, 8-296, 9-311. Bowl­ing: U Ya­dav 26.4-3-88-6, Thakur 1.4-09-0, Ash­win 24.2-7-49-1, K Ya­dav 29-2-85-3, Jadeja 20-2-69-0. IN­DIA KL Rahul b Holder------------------------------------------4 P Shaw c Het­myer b War­ri­can ----------------------70 C Pu­jara c Hamil­ton b Gabriel----------------------10 V Kohli lbw Holder ---------------------------------------45 A Ra­hane (not out) ---------------------------------------75 R Pant (not out)--------------------------------------------85 Ex­tras: (B-12, LB-2, NB-5)----------------------------19 To­tal: (For 4 wkts, 81 overs) ----------------------308 Fall of wick­ets: 1-61, 2-98, 3-102, 4-162. Bowl­ing: Gabriel 13-1-73-1, Holder 14-2-452, War­ri­can 24-4-76-1, Chase 9-1-22-0, Bishoo 19-4-72-0, Brath­waite 2-0-6-0.

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