India v West Indies, 2nd Test: Holder, spinners make India work hard
Shannon Gabriel celebrates the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara. (AFP image)

West Indies took the advantage away from India by dealing telling blows in the second session on Day 2 of the Hyderabad Test. India, resuming at 80/1 after lunch, were kept to 173 for 4 at the tea interval with skipper Jason HolderShannon Gabriel  and debutant Jomel Warrican picking up three crucial wickets.

Having removed Prithvi Shaw and Cheteshwar Pujara early into the second session, India looked up to Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli to rebuild the innings but in the closing moments of the session, the Indian captain was declared out leg before wicket by his counterpart Holder – a review not able to save him – to snap a promising 60-run stand. India went into the break, behind West Indies by 138 runs.

Kohli and Rahane began positively after Pujara had poked at a delivery from Gabriel and was out caught behind. West Indies, however, were always a step ahead of their opponents. With the ball turning and the occasional puff of dust noticeable, Warrican and Devendra Bishoo settled in nicely to stop the run flow. Its effectiveness could be gauged by the fact that India scored six runs in 47 deliveries.

Having gone 11 overs without a boundary, Kohli broke the shackles with a whip past Bishoo, before cutting him again off his next over. West Indies were slightly sloppy on the field, hence rotating the strike wasn’t a problem. But five short of his half-century, Kohli, trying to flick a ball, was rapped on the pads and up went the finger. All this while, Kohli’s partner, Rahane toiled for 78 balls to remain unbeaten on 19.

Earlier, India needed 29 minutes and six overs and four deliveries to wrap up the innings. Umesh Yadav registered career-best figures of 6 for 88 to dismiss the visitors for 311. Bowling the first over of the second day, Umesh picked up all three wickets but not before Roston Chase had scored his fourth Test century, the first away from home and second against India.

In reply, Shaw brought up his second consecutive 50-plus score and provided India a brisk start. The 18-year-old took Holder and Gabriel for 37 off the first six overs and carted Warrican’s left-arm spin for three boundaries in the eighth over, the first of which brought up the fifty for India. Following up in his maiden century in Rajkot, Shaw displayed the same flambouyance as he did at Rajkot. Resuming his innings in the second session, Shaw scored a couple more boundaries before falling to Warrican.

At the other end, KL Rahul, who got off the mark with three off the first ball of the innings, struggled for the next 24 balls before chopping a delivery from Holder onto his stumps. West Indies could have had Shaw too, when the batsman edged Warrican, but the ball flew past the fielder at first sleep, and Shaw survived. He knocked his 39th delivery for a single to bring up his fifty.

West Indies struggled to control the movement of the ball, giving away 12 byes, one of which caught the knee of wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich. After receiving medical treatment, he was replaced by substitute Jahmar Hamilton, who wasn’t any better, having let slipped a couple of more byes that thudded onto the fence.

West Indies would have fancied a total anywhere near 350 but once Umesh removed overnight batsman Bishoo fourth ball of the day, those hopes started flickering. Warrican introduced himself by hitting Kuldeep Yadav for a six off the second ball before taking a single to give the strike to Chase. The batsman placed the next delivery into the vacant gap between mid-wicket and square leg to pinch a single for his hundred.

Having complained about the Duke ball last evening, Umesh got plenty of movement off the surface, a pivotal factor that troubled the well-set Chase. One such delivery came in and breached the batsman’s defence to rock the stumps, bringing up Umesh’s second five-wicket haul in Tests – following his five for 93 against Australia in 2012. Next ball, he found the outside edge of Gabriel to become the first Indian pacer after Javagal Srinath to take six wickets in an innings.

Brief scores: India 173 for 4 (Prithvi Shaw 70, Virat Kohli 45*; Jason Holder 2/30), trail West Indies 311 all out (Roston Chase 106; Umesh Yadav 6/88) by 138 runs at tea on Day 2.