The Windies take on the number 1 side in Test Cricket; the mighty Indian team on a dead rubber at Hyderabad for the second and last test match of the series. After losing the first test of the series at Rajkot within three days, they were expected to come back hard with ‘nothing to lose, just play for pride’ attitude. Which seemed like they did for a bit in the first half hour of play.
With Jason Holder and Kemar Roach back in the team, the lower order looks balanced and bowling is expected to be exciting. India are playing an unchanged team except for Shardhul Thakur who is making a debut replacing Mohammed Shami. Windies won the toss and chose to bat first on a pitch which was expected to offer a bit for a bowlers with a new ball, otherwise Hyderabad is a batting paradise. Remember one-off test between India and Bangladesh in February 2017 where Kohli scored a double century, which India won by 208 runs?
After electing to bat, Windies claimed 40 runs in the first hour of play for the loss of just one wicket of Kieran Powell to Ravi Ashwin and India lost Shardhul Thakur to a groin injury which bought spin early on in the innings. Another opener fell shortly to Kuldeep Yadav. At the stroke of lunch Windies had lost three wickets and the top order batsmen had eaten up both their reviews.
After lunch, Windies lost two more wickets to Kuldeep Yadav for a misjudgment by Hetmyer and a rash shot by Ambris. After the test match is in to the second half of the first day the visitors are batting at 181/5 with Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich looking promising at 45 and 30 respectively. And for India, Kuldeep has picked 3 wickets, Umesh and Ashwin a piece.