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India vs West Indies | Hat-trick Hero Bumrah, Ton Up Vihari Help India Seize Advantage

Jasprit Bumrah took a hat-trick and ripped through the West Indies batting once again after Hanuma Vihari scored his ton as India moved to a strong position on Day 2 of the second Test in Jamaica.

Cricketnext Staff |September 1, 2019, 12:23 PM IST
Bumrah was the pick of the bowlers, taking 5-7 in the second innings.

Jasprit Bumrah took a hat-trick and ripped through the West Indies batting once again after Hanuma Vihari scored his ton as India moved to a strong position on Day 2 of the second Test in Jamaica.

Vihari notched up his maiden Test hundred while tailender Ishant Sharma got to his first-ever half-century as India managed to reach 416.

However, it was Bumrah who again showed why he is considered one of the finest fast bowlers with another devastating spell.

He removed opener John Campbell early with a beautiful outswinger which he nicked through to Rishabh Pant.

Then, he dismissed Darren Bravo, Shamarah Brooks and Roston Chase off successive deliveries to become only the third Indian to take a hat-trick.

Bravo was caught by K.L. Rahul at second slip, Brooks trapped leg-before -- a decision he reviewed but was shown to be correct -- and then Indian captain Virat Kohli reviewed a not out verdict by standing umpire Paul Reiffel to an appeal against new batsman Chase.

That review via television replays and ball-tracking technology showed the ball to striking leg-stump, resulting in a reversal of the decision and triggering celebrations among the Indian players at Bumrah's historic achievement which reduced the West Indies to 13 for four.

Shimron Hetmyer and Jason Holder got together to stitch a 45-run partnership but both of them never really looked settled.

Mohammed Shami then ended Hetmyer’s stay with a beautiful in-swinger which rattled his off-stump. Bumrah, who came back onto the field, after limping off holding his calf came back to remove Holder.

West Indies ended the day at 86/7 with Jahamar Hamilton and Rahkeem Cornwell on the crease.

Earlier, it was Vihari and Ishant who piled on the runs for India. The two put together a 112-run partnership to further toil the West Indian bowlers.

Ishant brought up his maiden half century to loud cheers from the dressing room as the pair stitched together a 112-run run partnership for the eighth wicket. Ishant (57 off 80 balls; 7x4) holed out to deep midwicket where Shimron Hetmyer took the catch off Kraigg Brathwaite.

For the Windies, skipper Jason Holder was brilliant with the ball and picked up five wickets, giving away 77 runs.It was all about Vihari as he showed superb composure after being dropped on 68 by John Campbell to bring up his hundred by taking one run off Kemar Roach in the 134th over.

Vihari, 25, leapt in the air and punched his fists as the dressing room stood and applauded his effort.

Vihari, who cracked a career-best 93 in the second innings of the first rubber as India won by a mammoth 318 runs, had earlier brought up his third half century in just his sixth Test appearance after resuming on 42 with India on 264/5.

At lunch, he was batting on 84 from 158 balls. Ishant was batting with Vihari on 11. The tourists lost under-fire wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant in the first ball of the day as the 21-year old failed to add to his overnight score of 27, Jason Holder removing his stumps with a delectable inswinger.

Windies skipper Holder, who bowled brilliantly on Day 1 to dismiss India counterpart Virat Kohli (76) among others, was the pick of the bowlers.Vihari and Ravindra Jadeja then added 38 for the seventh wicket before debutant Rahkeem Cornwall (3/105) had Jadeja caught at mid-on by Darren Bravo.

Jadeja showed a lot of patience for his 16 from 69 balls but Cornwall won the battle of attrition with a length ball outside off which the Saurashtra allrounder slogged to Bravo.

At the other end, there was no stopping Vihari who went about his job with poise and showed composure of the highest order.

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