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India vs West Indies | Kohli, Agarwal Score Fifties in Attritional First Day of Second Test

Virat Kohli and Mayank Agarwal scored half-centuries to given India the slight edge in an attritional first day's play of the second and final Test against West Indies at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica.

Cricketnext Staff |August 31, 2019, 8:24 AM IST
India vs West Indies | Kohli, Agarwal Score Fifties in Attritional First Day of Second Test

Virat Kohli and Mayank Agarwal scored half-centuries to given India the edge in an attritional first day's play of the second and final Test against West Indies at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica.

At stumps, India were 264 for 5 with Hanuma Vihari (42) and Rishabh Pant (27) in the middle. Kohli had scored 76 while Agarwal fell for 55. Jason Holder was the most successful bowler with three wickets while Kemar Roach and debutant Rahkeem Cornwall picked up a wicket each. Roach in particular was unfortunate not have got more wickets.

West Indies opted to field first on a track with help for pacers, just like they did in Antigua. They got the early wickets too, with KL Rahul edging  Holder to first slip for just 13. It was the perfect length from Holder, not allowing Rahul to commit to either front of back foot.

West Indies had given Cornwall a debut and he made an impact straightaway, getting the big wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara. India's No. 3 had tried to cut, but the extra bounce took the ball straight to point. At 46 for 2, India needed a partnership.

They got that with Agarwal and Kohli adding 69 for the third wicket. Cornwall was impressive and even managed to trouble Kohli early on with his flight, turn and drift but the wicket evaded him. Agarwal used his feet and scored a few boundaries, but was also largely fortunate through his innings. Kemar Roach in particular was unfortunate, with edges going everywhere except fielders.

A couple of such edges took Agarwal past his half-century but luck didn't last long. He tried to cut Holder and nicked to slip, falling for 55. Ajinkya Rahane got a start and took India to tea without further damage while Kohli settled in.

Kohli had spoken about the need for India's batsmen to focus more after breaks, and that was an issue once again. Rahane fell fifth ball after tea, pushing at a full ball from Roach and edging behind. Kohli, who had crossed his 22nd Test fifty, was fortunate not to be given out lbw to a close call off Roach soon after.

Kohli began shifting gears with a couple of straight driven boundaries off Cornwall, but a terrific spell from Holder ended his stay. The West Indies captain went around the wicket to bang a few short balls, with a field that included two gullies and a leg gully. Soon, he switched to over the wicket and bowled the perfect length, forcing Kohli to play and nick behind. It was a beauty of a ball and spell to dismiss the well set Indian captain.

India once again were in need of a partnership from 202 for 5, which was provided by Vihari and Pant.

Vihari was nice and solid and continued to make the No. 6 place his own, his two cover drives off Shannon Gabriel standing out.  Pant hit Roston Chase for the only six of the innings.

India lead the series 1-0 after winning the first Test by 318 runs.

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