West Indies vs India, 2nd Test – Live Cricket Score, Commentary

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Hello and welcome to our live blog for the second #WIvIND Test. Tap here for the live scorecard!
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Stumps, Day 1
The West Indies captain picked 3 for 39 which included the hard-earned wicket of Virat Kohli on 76. And as getting Kohli short of a hundred would suggest, it wasn’t just another good bowling day-out for Holder. His bowling spell kept India from running away on an otherwise average bowling day for the hosts. And average was a difficult excuse on a pitch tailor-made to bring West Indies’s into the Test series, which they trail one-nil. Full report here
Kohli out
That’s some beautiful bowling by Holder. Round the wicket, short. Over the wicket, and he’s gotten Kohli out with a legcutter. Lovely change of angles and then the other variations clicked in. Kohli was looking ominous but has been refreshingly outwitted on 76.
Rahane falls after tea
He’d normally let this go but reaches out to play this delivery from Roach and edges. Also the first catch in Test cricket for Hamilton, the wicketkeeper on debut. And Roach beats Hanuma Vihari first ball. This could be a good session for the hosts… watch out.
Tea, Day 1
India scored 85 runs for the loss of just one wicket in the afternoon session, making use of what’s now a better pitch to bat on. The session saw both Mayank Agarwal and Virat Kohli get to their fifties but only Kohli managed to carry on, his battle with Shannon Gabriel underlining the Test cricket in this session.
Fifty for Kohli!
Chants of “Kohli, Kohli” from the 20 people at the ground. Kohli seems to be doing it again. A 22nd half-century now and he’s gotten there with some sumptuous drives. His battle with Gabriel has stood out this session but he’s come out at top, so far.

Last 12 fifty-plus scores for Kohli in 1st innings: 235, 204, 213, 243, 153, 54, 149, 97, 139, 123, 82, 50*

And off goes Mayank
In a way, this session has been about him so far. Scored his fifty, survived an on-field lbw call and now edges a backfoot punch off Holder to first slip. Guess who’s there.. Cornwall!
Mayank survives, thanks to DRS
Decking away outside off, Mayank reaches out… and the on-field umpire thinks it’s an edge. Given out. No edge there, confirms snicko later. So India retain the review here and Mayank stays on. Good chance to get a big one here… He also has Kohli at the other end, creaming boundaries on both sides of the wicket.
Fifty for Mayank
It’s been a good innings. Yes West Indies have bowled their fair share of half-volleys today but Mayank has also survived some good deliveries.. like couple of balls back. A thick inside edge flying over the leg-stump. “That one jags sharply back in off a length and finds the loophole in his technique – a step across as his trigger, resulting in lost balance,” writes Rishi Roy on commentary.
Nonetheless, a third Test half-century for Agarwal. Hopefully he can double this today…
Lunch, Day 1
After India had raced to 32 for no loss after six overs, much thanks to the array of half-volleys bowled to Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul, on came Jason Holder to show the right areas to hit on this, inadvertently justifying how important he is to this bowling attack and why on earth he doesn’t bat higher up the order. KL Rahul was the wicket he picked, getting the ball to seam across from the line of the stumps and leaving the batsmen witless.
Cornwall ended up bowling nine overs before lunch on the first day, suggesting why West Indies may have gotten the toss wrong. Full report here…
West Indies lose a review
It’s Kohli, which is why they went for it perhaps. Sharp turn from Cornwall, who gets it to rip from outside off. Hits Kohli’s pad but that’s spinning down leg. Bad review in hindsight but with both the bowl and the keeper on debut, you can see why it was taken.
Cornwall picks Pujara
Mention a better maiden wicket. Drops it short outside off, Pujara cuts but there’s bounce for Cornwall on this first-session pitch. Cut straight to backward point… India 46/2
Cornwall comes on to bowl
… and he beats Mayank Agarwal outside off with a beautiful delivery. Just as I was writing this out for you. Came on to bowl in the 13th over and has looked okay, has Cornwall. The body seems a bit stiff on debut, the pirouette on the crease can improve but he’s giving them a bit of flight, which is good to see.
Holder shows the way
Back of a length, moving away from the line of the stumps and KL Rahul could do nothing there. Too good a ball. Offers an edge to the slip and Cornwall pouches it well. Holder strikes in his first over.
Disappointing start for the hosts
A few balls have come back in sharply, mostly all from Shannon Gabriel but nothing alarming on this grassy deck so far. Indian openers have been disciplined and have been offered their fair share of half-vollies. West Indies taking their time to discover the length here. But that’s not the only thing missing… Lines are too. The closest they have come to picking a wicket is when an edge from Mayank Agarwal fell short of Holder at slip.
Update on Shai Hope
The 25-year-old injured a tendon in his right hand’s wrist in the last game, where he was also wicketkeeping in the absence of Shane Dowrich — Ian Bishop informs on air
Know your player: Rahkeem Cornwall
A hard hitting lower middle-order batsman and a handy off-spinner, who at 140 kg becomes world’s heaviest cricketer. Nicknamed as Cricket’s man mountain, Rakheem has been consistently performing at the domestic levels.
In 2016, Cornwall was representing WICB President’s XI against the touring Indians and managed a fifer to impress all and sundry with his subtle off-spin. He then travelled to Lanka in October 2016 and managed 23 wickets from four unofficial Tests against Sri Lanka A.
The start of 2018 also saw Cornwall representing England Lions and doing well with his offies. At the start of the year, he also slammed tons in the Super 50 One day competition as well.
Know your player: Jahmar Hamilton
A flamboyant wicket-keeper batsman, Hamilton plays for Leeward Islands in the Windies domestic circuit. He made his first-class debut in 2008 and his huge moment of reckoning came in 2018, when he was picked for the home Test series against Sri Lanka.
His knocks against England Lions in early 2018 paved way for his Test selection as he notched up scores like 100, 20 and 79 in the two unofficial Tests for Windies A. He has been a regular member of the Windies A team.
Toss and teams
West Indies opt to bowl

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