After a dominating performance in the opening Test against Windies, India is all set to complete a 2-0 sweep when they meet the Caribbeans in the second Test in Hyderabad. Yet again the scales will be heavily tilted in favour of India especially after they secured the biggest victory by an innings in the opening Test at Rajkot.
Meanwhile, Windies couldn’t compete a single bit and lost the Test without even drawing a single session throughout the match. Eventually, the hosts registered a massive victory by an innings and 272 runs.
It was an utterly dominating performance by India. With the bat in hand, they posted a massive 649 which almost took Windies out of the game. In fact, it was a sensational effort by the youngster Prithvi Shaw who made his debut in the opening Test. He looked in complete control of proceedings. Getting a chance in international cricket for the very first time in his career, he grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
He was never overawed by the prospect of Test cricket. He struck the ball fiercely in every direction of the field. It was an exhibition of fine strokeplay by the teenager. He proved why he was rated so highly in Junior Level cricket and domestic cricket. His transition from being a school kid to an Indian Test opener has been quite rapid.
India will look to continue with their domination.
He drove, cut and pulled to perfection en route to a breathtaking knock of 134 of 154 deliveries. His innings was studded with 19 hits to the fence. Meanwhile, captain, Virat Kohli had another century to his name. The Indian skipper has made a habit of scoring centuries. It wasn’t one of the most flamboyant knocks of Kohli but he understood the situation and played accordingly to bring up his 24th Test century.
Ravindra Jadeja had a sensational match as he smashed his maiden Test century and impressed with the ball in hand as well. He smashed five sixes during his unbeaten century. Meanwhile, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant also deserved centuries but fell agonizingly close. Pant smashed a quickfire 84-balls 92. He gave some special treatment to the Windies bowlers.
It was Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav who did the magic for India with the ball in hand as they registered the biggest victory in their Test history. Windies on other hand didn’t pose a challenge to India in the previous Test. Unless there is a drastic change in their performance, India should be quite comfortable in winning the series by a 2-0 margin. None of the batters in the first innings could make a mark.
India is going to be favourites again.
Roston Chase scored a fluent half-century and was supported well by Keemo Paul; which took Windies to a score of 181. In the second innings, it was an impressive knock from Kieran Powell which kept them afloat. However, the destination for the Windies was quite far. Unless they get all their mistakes corrected before the second Test, India in all likelihood will blow them away yet again.
Prithvi Shaw, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami.
Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich(w), Jason Holder(c), Shannon Gabriel, Devendra Bishoo, Kemar Roach.
Now there is no question about the fact that India is way ahead of Windies in all three departments of the game. Hence if everything falls into place, India will win the match and with that the series by a 2-0 margin. It should be another dominating performance for India.