(left to right) Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant. @ PTI
(left to right) Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant. @ PTI

In reply to West Indies first innings score of 311, India encountered a few nervy moments. After Prithvi Shaw s 70 provided the right foundation, India slipped to 102/3 and then lost skipper Virat Kohli before tea to his opposite West Indies number Jason Holder for 45. However, a 152-run partnership for the fifth wicket between vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane and wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant ensured the hosts suffered no more casualties as the duo, aided by two crucial dropped catches, bailed the side out from 162/4 to 314/5 before Rahane was denied his 10th Test ton after he was caught by Shai Hope off Holder.

Both batsmen had contrasting style with Pant being the more aggressive that it sometimes became hard for Rahane to calm him down. It was good fun. Yesterday [Day 2], I was trying to control him. We needed one partnership to put West Indies down. It was hard to control him, but he controlled his aggression and batted well, Rahane said on Sunday after India sealed the series 2-0 with a 10-wicket win at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad.

Rahane finally managed to get runs under his belt, which will hold him in good stead ahead of the tough tour of Australia in November. I wanted to bat long and this innings really helped me. This series I wanted to spend time and create some good batting habits. Throughout the series we’ve played really well, especially our batsmen. But credit to Umesh Yadav. We were a bowler short and he bowled magnificently, he said.

Pant missed out on yet another century for the second consecutive time on Sunday after he was dismissed on 92, the same score he departed for in Rajkot. But that s not the concern for the youngster right now. I always wanted to play Test cricket and I’ve had a good experience. The team is very helpful. Everyone is helping me to grow in every sense and I’m taking it very well, he said on Sunday.

I need to grow a little as a cricketer and get more hundreds. The goal is to keep playing my normal game.