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Umesh 10 wickets propels India to another win

Fightbacks have been the feature of Windies Test cricket in recent years and hence it came as no surprise that they had a few rabbits to pull out of their hat in the second Test against India in Hyderabad. Roston Chase and Jason Holder led Windies’ revival after they had been reduced to 182 for six, helping the team post a total in excess of 300. The spinners helped the visitors stage a strong comeback after a fiery start from Prithvi Shaw, although Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant tilted the balance in India’s favour with their century stand. India vs West indies 2nd Test on Day 3, with the hosts looking at a sizeable lead, it looked like the game would get out of Windies’ grasp. But Holder had other ideas, engineering an Indian collapse in collaboration with Shannon Gabriel. But there was only so much the Windies could fight as their familiar woes with the batting resurfaced, one that ensured the Test match would get over on the third day after the initial promise of lasting the distance.
Holder became only the 10th visiting player to score a half-century and then pick up a five-wicket haul in India as the hosts were bowled out for 367, managing a slender 54-run lead. But they couldn’t complement the good bowling show with the bat, folding for only 127 as Umesh Yadav bagged four in the second essay to pick up his maiden 10-wicket haul, becoming the third Indian pacer to do so at home and also the first in 19 years. Needing only 72, KL Rahul and Shaw completed the formalities as India registered another victory inside three days to clinch the series 2-0.
Bowling a lively spell in partnership with Gabriel, with a combination of short-pitch and good length bowling, the Windies skipper was in his elements in the morning session. He first had Rahane caught at gully to end a 152-run fifth wicket stand and followed it up by removing Ravindra Jadeja for a duck by trapping him in front. With the addition of only 14 runs, India lost their third wicket of the day as Pant looked to go hard at a short delivery from Gabriel outside off, only managing to hit it to cover to depart in the 90s for the second time in as many innings. Kuldeep and Umesh didn’t last too long either, with the former becoming Holder’s fifth scalp. A 28-run last wicket stand between R Ashwin and Shardul Thakur extended the lead past fifty before the offspinning all-rounder was cleaned up by Gabriel as India could manage an addition of only 59 to their overnight total while losing six wickets.

With the cracks opening up, there was something for the spinners and the trio of Ashwin, Jadeja and Kuldeep made sure to capitalise. First up, though, it was Kraigg Brathwaite who was caught down the leg side off the second delivery of the innings. Brathwaite’s scores of 2, 10, 14 and 0 left him with an overall average of 6.50 in this series, his worst performance in a series. Ashwin got into the act in the fourth over, getting Kieran Powell to edge to Rahane at first slip, with the third umpire’s help sought to check if the ball was taken cleanly.
Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer led a brief recovery with a 39-run stand for the third wicket. Hope started off with two boundaries on either side of the wicket off Umesh while Hetymer swept and used his feet well to Kuldeep as the pair scored at a brisk rate to reduce the deficit. Meanwhile, India continued to have problems with the SG ball, which was changed a couple of times – first in the 10th over and then 14 deliveries after that. From Windies’ point of view, things were starting to look settled after the initial bursts from India but Hetmyer had a brain fade moment as he charged down the track and looked to whack a conventional wrist spin from Kuldeep and ended up slicing it to backward point. Jadeja struck in the very next over, getting one to turn sharply away from Hope and found the outside edge, with the talented No. 3 batsman falling in the 20-50 run bracket for the 16th time in his Test career. Sunil Ambris and Chase led another battle of resistance, with their partnership lasting for more than 10 overs before the first-innings centurion was bowled off an inside edge to give Umesh his eighth wicket of the match. Despite the blow to his knee which had sidelined him on Day 2, Shane Dowrich walked out to bat only to be bowled for a first-ball duck by Umesh, who was on a hat-trick for the second time in this game.Don’t MissIndia v Wi live streaming & updates

Holder and Ambris ensured that there was no further damage heading into the Tea break. India lost a review at the start of the final session when they went upstairs for a caught-behind appeal by Kuldeep off Ambris. Meanwhile, another defiant partnership was in progress, with Holder and Ambris concentrating on blunting the bowlers with boundaries thrown in from time to time. This was another partnership that had lasted beyond 10 overs but it was also another that didn’t last longer as Holder was out edging Jadeja to the ‘keeper, with India using a review to reverse the onfield decision that had gone in favour of the batsman. Ambris followed soon after, trapped in front by Jadeja after attempting a paddle. With the last recognised pair back in the hut, there was nothing much the tail could do.
India went about the chase in a positive manner, with Rahul announcing himself by striking a Jomel Warrican delivery over the long-off fence. While there were also regular singles, Shaw was troubled by Holder a few times, inside-edging one for a four, being struck on his right forearm while there was also a near Tendulkar-Harper moment. Ducking to a delivery that didn’t bounce, Shaw was struck on his left bicep and the Windies were vociferous with their appeal. They even opted for the review with replays revealing that it was umpire’s call with relation to hitting the stumps. Shaw also survived a stumping chance off Bishoo, with the ‘keeper failing to collect the ball. But those moments aside, he also struck regular boundaries, using the depth of the crease well to the spinners to execute the cut shots. India needed the extra time to reach the target but they ensured they did that without the loss of any wickets to register an emphatic series win.
Brief scores: Windies 311 (Roston Chase 106, Jason Holder 52; Umesh Yadav 6-88) & 127 (Sunil Ambris 38; Umesh Yadav 4-45) lost to India 367 (Rishabh Pant 92, Ajinkya Rahane 80; Jason Holder 5-56) & 75/0 (KL Rahul 33*, Prithvi Shaw 33*) by 10 wickets.

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