Adding another feather to his cap, Virat Kohli made his first double hundred in 281 balls. Earlier, Kohli became the third Indian captain to score a century on the Carribbean soil and the eight captain in the world to score it in his maiden test there. India being at number two in world test rankings, will be playing on Day 2 in its first test against West Indies who are placed in the eight spot. If Day 1 was any indication, India being at a comfortable position, the hosts seemed to somehow make it through the day. The Indian side with its new coach in Anil Kumble, seemed like a confident lot, with Kohli hitting a sublime hundred and Shikar Dhawan as an opener looking in fine touch. With India taking the risk of playing with five bowlers, and Ashwin coming in at number six, batting was always going to appear weak. But since West Indies went with a defensive approach by playing too many all-rounders, India made most out of the plan.
Virat Kohli continued his fine form to score his 12th hundred while India reached 302 losing four wickets on the first day. Dhawan looked well and supported Kohli to reach 84. Kohli then shared an unbeaten stand of 66 with Ashwin. With the flat pitch, the inexperienced bowlers could not do much, though initially they could manage to trouble the openers a bit. After a decent stand between the captain and vice captain Ajinkya Rahane, it was surprising to see R Ashwin coming in ahead of Wriddhiman Saha. But he played some great shots to make the decision worthwhile, and brought up the 300 run mark for the team.
Pujara meanwhile looked in a fine touch and played the new ball well, but gave away his wicket trying to increase the run rate in the second session. The West Indian bowlers were wayward, after the first session, and lacked the aptitude to discomfort the batsmen too much.
On Day 2 fans have started to stream in the stands, especially after Virat Kohli’s ton (most centuries and Indian captain in away Tests), and hope to see the champion continues to ooze style and class to reach a total which will be too much to chase for an inexperience batting line-up of West Indies.
Here are the so-far-highlights of the Day 2
02.17: End of day’s play with West Indies at 31/1 chasing India’s mammoth total. Mohammed Shami claims the first West Indies’ wicket of R Chadrika. Murli Vijay is not on the field as a precautionary measure due to a sore thumb after getting hit while batting, BCCI tweets.
1.01 am: Mishra scores half-century but, as if indicated by the captain, hacks a short ball off Brathwaite, but finds a pair of safe hands in the midwicket. India declare the inninings at 566/8
12.59 am: Amit Mishra (45 off 64) and Mohammed Shami (16 off 8) dealing in fours and sixes and India move past 550.
12.30 am: Ashwin lofts KC Brathwaite but finds Gabriel at the long-off. India lose seventh wicket.
12.06 am: Its team times. Amit Mishra (23) proving an able partner for Ashwin. India’s success in the match will depend very much on the duo. India are now in a comfortable position. Will Virat Kohli declare the innings anytime soon?
You don’t have to be talented like Rohit Sharma to score a century. Ashwin proves it.
— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) July 22, 2016
11. 55 pm: R Ahswin (105) scores third Test century. His previous two have come against West Indies, in 2011 and 2013 respectively. Score: 508/6
11. oo pm: India move past 450. Ashwin, Saha build a solid sixth-wicket partnership.
10. 30 pm: Going strong, R Ashwin has made to 70s, India take their score to 417/5.
10.05 pm: Gabriel strikes. Virat Kohli out on 200, just after lunch.
9.35 pm: India 404/4 at Lunch.
The season of Virat Kohli reaching new heights in Test Cricket has started…expecting 1500 runs in 17 Tests ? pic.twitter.com/EZUL3Nh6ii
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) July 22, 2016
09.28 pm: Virat Kohli smashes his first double century.
08.56 pm: Focus on Kohli and his double hundred, and Ashwin quietly moves to his FIFTY
08.53 pm: Kohli moves into 190s! He’s nine short of his first Test double century.
7.45 pm: Virat Kohli quickly crosses 150.
7.30 pm: Match started, all eyes on Kohli, will he get to a double century today.