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Jason Holder won the toss and West Indies elected to bowl in the second Test against India. @Twitter|Windies Cricket

Jason Holder has won the toss and West Indies have elected to bowl against India in the second and final Test of the two-match series at Sabina Park, Kingston in Jamaica on Friday.

India, who thumped West Indies in the series opener in Antigua, registering their biggest win by runs away from home, have retained the same playing XI.

West Indies, on the other hand, have made a couple of changes to their playing XI from the first Test. Rahkeem Cornwall and Jahmar Hamilton will be making their Test debuts.


“We are gonna field first. There is bit of grass on the wicket and a bit of moisture as well. Normally there has been moisture here. So we will try to get into India’s middle order early. We have two changes – Rahkeem Cornwall makes his debut and replaces Miguel Cummins. We have one forced change at the last minute, Shai Hope is out and Jahmar Hamilton makes his debut as well,” said Holder at the toss.

I have told the boys not to focus on the end result. We have to focus on our roles and process. If we can do that the end result will take care of itself. We have to be a lot more disciplined and a lot more patient. We need to spend some time and get through tough periods and hunt in partnerships. I am confident that guys will make things right. The last time we played here Roston Chase got a 5-fer in the second innings. It does offer a bit of spin as the game goes on and he’s (Cornwall) someone who gets a lot of revs on the ball. We expect big things from him,” added Holder.

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“It is going to be challenging. I think the first session is going to be tough like Antigua. But the advantage of batting first is you have runs on the board and then you can put pressure on the opposition from thereon. That is exactly what we did in the last game even though they had a couple of partnerships. We were able to strike at the right moment and then gain some momentum by picking 3-4 wickets in a spell. That is pretty much the template we have been playing with,” said Virat Kohli.

“We are pretty happy to bat first. In and out of the breaks we need to be more focused and couple of soft dismissals as well that we need to take care of. The 70-80 run partnerships need to be big ones for you to capitalize on the opposition. The bowling has been outstanding, not much to add there,” added Kohli.


“This pitch distinctively different to what we saw in the Antigua. A tinge of green and live grass on the surface. It should be good for bowling and good for batting. It looks like a pretty good surface. The green grass is nice to see as it means there will be something for the faster men,” said Darren Ganga and Ian Bishop in their pitch report.

“As we get into the Test match, spinners have historically come into play in the last 3-4 years. The average first innings score here is 350 and it reduces by 50 in the second. This is also a pitch that will reward short bowling,” added the two.

Playing XIs:

India: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah

West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Shamarh Brooks, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Jahmar Hamilton (wicketkeeper), Rahkeem Cornwall, Roston Chase, Jason Holder (captain), Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel