India has ended the first day of the second Test against the West Indies in Port of Spain with a formidable score of 288/4 after being put to bat first. A century partnership between the indomitable Virat Kohli and the resilient Ravindra Jadeja rejuvenated India’s innings and set the stage for a promising second day.
At the close of play, Indian captain Virat Kohli remained unbeaten on an impressive 87 runs, while Jadeja showcased his batting prowess with an unbeaten 36. The duo’s unyielding partnership ensured that India finished the day without losing any more wickets, providing a solid foundation for a substantial first-innings total.
India began the final session at 182/4, with Kohli on 18* joined by Ravindra Jadeja. As the session progressed, the pair focused on building a substantial partnership and steering India towards a healthy score. They brought up their fifty-run stand, demonstrating their exceptional batting skills and astute shot selection.
The 60th over witnessed a surge in aggression from the duo, with Kohli dispatching Kemar Roach for two fours, while Jadeja joined in with a boundary of his own. Jadeja gradually found his rhythm, adding valuable runs to India’s total.
In his momentous 500th international match, Virat Kohli reached his 30th Test half-century in 97 balls, further solidifying his reputation as one of the game’s premier batsmen. The pair brought up their well-deserved century partnership, displaying resilience and a deep understanding of the game.
India’s score crossed the 250-run mark in the 71.2 overs, with Virat Kohli leading the charge. Kohli’s boundary propelled him into the 80s, inching closer to what could be his 29th Test century. His partnership with Jadeja ensured that India finished the day on a high, giving them a significant advantage in the match.
The day did not start as favorably for India, as the West Indies pacers put up an impressive performance during the second session. At the end of the session, India was at 182/4, with Virat Kohli unbeaten on 18*. The opening partnership between Rohit Sharma (63*) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (52*) set a solid foundation, but the West Indies managed to secure four crucial wickets during the session.
Jaiswal’s innings came to an end at 57 runs, with the experienced Jason Holder claiming his wicket. Shubman Gill’s dismissal for 10 runs off Kemar Roach’s delivery further added to India’s setbacks. Captain Rohit Sharma, who had showcased his brilliant stroke play, was dismissed by Jomel Warrican after contributing a valuable 80 runs.
However, the partnership between Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane offered hope for India. Kohli, in his 500th international match, showcased his class with a boundary, but unfortunately, Rahane was clean bowled by Shannon Gabriel for eight runs on the final ball before tea.
The first session of the day belonged to India, with the opening stand between Rohit Sharma (63*) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (52*) dominating the West Indies bowling attack. The Indian openers laid a solid foundation, frustrating the opposition’s attempts to break the partnership. With their aggressive batting, they led India to the 50-run mark in just 11 overs.
Rohit Sharma reached his fifty with a magnificent six off Kemar Roach’s delivery. India crossed the 100-run mark, aided by Rohit’s exquisite drive for a single to the right mid-off.
Rohit Sharma’s half-century came in 74 balls, while Yashasvi Jaiswal displayed his consistency by bringing up his second fifty of the series in just 49 balls.