India have taken a firm grip in the second Test at Sabina Park in Jamaica after putting a monumental target of 468 runs. But their top-order will keep them worried as they once again failed to put a good start. Kemar Roach, who provided early breakthroughs in the second essay seemed satisfied to claim the wicket of KL Rahul and Virat Kohli.
West Indies started the third day at 87 for seven after Jasprit Bumrah’s exploit in the second day. They managed to add only 30 runs to their overnight score to hand India a lead of 301 runs. India decided to bat and put an impossible target by Kemar Roach gave the host some relief.
He was spectacular with the new ball to have India at 36 for three. Roach swung the ball both sides at a good pace making it difficult for Indian batsmen. Although Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari once again bailed India out, the top-order woes will keep the management on their toes.
Kemar Roach, who was on a hat-trick said that it was a good feeling to pick the wickets of Rahul and Kohli. The veteran pacer seemed happy with how things panned up for him on the third day of the second Test.
“It was a good feeling. Obviously, the Indian batting line-up is very strong, so to be on a hat-trick against those guys is obviously a good feeling. I’d have liked to get it, but a little more luck the next time it hits on the stumps and it will go my way, but I am pretty happy for what happened,” Roach said.
In pursuit of a 2-0 victory, India have already claimed two wickets and will need eight more scalps to win. Kemar Roach said there is still something for the bowlers in the wicket and the West Indies batsmen will have to apply themselves and bat long.
“It’s flattened out a bit more. It’s not as bouncy as it was the first couple of days. There is still enough there for the bowlers. Still, have to apply yourself as a batsman and have to grind and get that score, but I think once you get in it gets way easier – so it’s all about the guys being positive and grinding and obviously getting the score,” Roach concluded.