India vs Windies: 2nd Test, Day 1 – Lunch Review
Team India pegged back to finish the morning session of day one on a high after Windies showed some intent at the start in the second Test at Hyderabad.
Meanwhile, India handed Shardul Thakur a Test cap, who becomes the 294th Test player for his country. Furthermore, Shardul Thakur becomes the fifth player to make a debut for India in Tests this year and the third straight player to debut after Hanuma Vihari in England and Shaw in Rajkot. He received the cap from coach Ravi Shastri.
Windies skipper Jason Holder opted to bat first at Hyderabad, as their openers started on a positive note. They struck Umesh Yadav for two boundaries in the first over to make their intent clear.
However, the debutant Shardul Thakur didn’t have a great start as he suffered a groin injury only in his second over. Thakur, meanwhile, wanted to continue but the physio advised him to take off as he limped off the field.
Keiron Powell looked unsettled as he was living on the edge before giving his wicket to Ravichandran Ashwin. Windies failed to take advantage of a poor start by India as Powell lobbed an easy catch to Ravindra Jadeja.
Kraigg Braithwaite was soon to follow, and this time it was Kuldeep Yadav. The opener played the wrong line as the ball spun a little to get him out LBW.
Since then Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer looked to steady the ship for Windies. They looked solid against the India spinners focusing on rotating the strike and showing immense patience. However, just at the stroke of lunch, Umesh Yadav trapped Hope (36) in front to give India an early edge in the morning session.
Thus, Windies goes to lunch on day one at 86 for the loss of three wickets.