India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja hundreds flatten West Indies
Virat Kohli's 139 saw him become the second-fastest batsman to 24 Test hundreds. @AFP

A 24th Test hundred for Virat Kohli - which put him second to Sir Don Bradman in terms of innings needed – was followed by a crackling maiden one for Ravindra Jadeja as India marched to 648/9 declared on the stroke of tea on day two of the first Test at Rajkot against a floundering West Indies.

The declaration came once Jadeja brought up his first Test century, off 143 balls with a sprinted single in front of his home fans at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.

This was the seventh time in three years that India had posted a total in excess of 600 at home. The legspinner Devendra Bishoo ended with 4/217 from 54 overs, his most expensive figures.

From an overnight 364/4, Kohli batted through the morning session to take India’s total to 506/5 by lunch on Friday, with Rishabh Pant (92) throwing away a century for the taking after adding 133 with his captain. The approach was the same as on day one, and with so many of Kohli’s centuries at home: remorseless accumulation, punctuated by some pretty drives and clips. Eschewing all risk, Kohli puttered through the session and never appeared in a hurry. He faced 77 balls in the morning session, from which he made 48 runs while Pant moved from 17 to 92 with a series of blustering blows.

His fifty secured in 57 deliveries with a flicked six off Paul, Pant targeted the off spin of Roston Chase. With twinkle-toed deftness, he wandered down the track off successive balls to get four over mid-on and six over long-off. At the first sight of Bishoo, Pant brought out the sweep and the cross-batted sashay to collect four and six.

Rishabh Pant entertained with an 83-ball 92
Rishabh Pant entertained with an 84-ball 92. @AFP

Attempting another big shot off Bishoo, however, he fell to an ugly hack and top-edged the simplest of catches to point. His 83-ball 92 did its part in adding to India’s burgeoning total and gave the few spectators present plenty to cheer about.

Kohli’s hundred came with a glance off the pads for four, his second versus West Indies and 17th as skipper. Like Prithvi Shaw’s debut hundred, this one from Kohli was inevitable given the docile nature of the Rajkot track and the nature of West Indies’ depleted attack.

On 999 runs for the year when lunch was taken, Kohli moved to 1003 with an off-drive for four when play resumed in the afternoon. This made it the third straight year that Kohli scored 1,000 Test runs in a calendar year. Dropped on 115 by Bishoo off his own bowling, Kohli departed for 139 when chipping a catch off the debutant Sherman Lewis, with Bishoo taking a simple catch at mid-on.

Jadeja played a good supporting hand with Kohli, and as Bishoo got into the tail the allrounder started to play some shots. No sooner had he reached 50, Jadeja opened up with six off Bishoo followed by one off Chase. Umesh Yadav added to the carnage, slotting sixes over deep midwicket and long-on in a whirlwind stand of 55 in 43 balls that ended when he slogged Kraigg Brathwaite to long-off.

Dropped on 78 by a diving Shemron Hetmyer at midwicket, Jadeja moved to 85 with his fourth six and then past his previous best of 90 by single to long-on. A fifth six – the biggest yet – took him to 97, and three figures came he pushed a single to mid-off and set off like a man possessed.

TEA: India 649/9 declared (Kohli 139,  Jadeja 100*, Pant 92) vs West Indies