India vs Windies 2018: 2nd Test, Day 3 – Lunch Review
For the first time in this series, Windies dominated a session as they took the morning session of day three of the second Test against India at Hyderabad.
Meanwhile, India started the day at 308 for four with Rishabh Pant (85*) and Ajinkya Rahane (75*) at the crease. They looked in control of the proceedings as they shared a mammoth partnership to take the host out from the spot of bother. With India looking strong to take a huge lead, Windies struck early to halt their free flow of runs.
The visitors’ skipper Jason Holder took the new ball straightaway and got early rewards. He got the new ball bounce a little which hit the top of Rahane’s bat to give a simple catch to the gully fielder. Jason Holder nipped one back in the same over as he trapped Ravindra Jadeja in front to leave India at 314 for six.
Rishabh Pant, who looked in terrific touch last night was on the verge of another brilliant century. However, he once again departed on 92 runs as Shannon Gabriel joins the party. India only led by 11 runs as Shimron Hetmyer grabbed an outstanding catch at covers to bring Windies right back in the game. Thus, Pant became the second Indian cricketer to dismiss on 90 in successive innings after Rahul Dravid.
Jason Holder, however, continued to weave his magic as he brought his fifth wicket of the innings.
He used the new ball to good effect as he nipped one back to go past Kuldeep Yadav’s edge only to clip the off-stump. With this wicket, Holder became the fifth cricketer to pick five wickets and score 50 runs in an innings in India.
Windies continued their dominance as Jomel Warrican got Umesh Yadav out only to bring injured Shardul Thakur to the crease. Ravichandran Ashwin partnered Thakur to frustrate the visitors finding the odd boundaries here and there to bring the 50 run lead.
However, Gabriel came back to rattle Ashwin’s stump as India finished with a lead of 56 runs.