India crush hapless West Indies by 257 runs to seal the series 2-0

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The Indian Cricket Team registered a crushing 257 runs win on the 4th day of the 2nd Test played at Sabina Park, Jamaica on Monday. With this win, India has earned 120 points in ICC World Test Championship.
West Indies captain Jason Holder won the toss and decided to field first. Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul got the Indian team off to a positive start adding 32 runs. Jason Holder got the breakthrough dismissing KL Rahul for 13. The debutant Rakheem Cornwall took the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara cheaply. Mayank Agarwal and Indian captain Virat Kohli steadied the Indian innings. India went into lunch break at 76 for 2.

Mayank Agarwal looked aggressive with his intent and reached his half-century off 117 balls. Holder struck by dismissing Mayank for 55. Mayank and Virat Kohli added 69 runs for the 3rd wicket. Virat Kohli made the batting look easy and created pressure on West Indies bowling line up. Kemar Roach dismissed Ajiyanka Rahane for 24. Indian captain Virat Kohli reached his 50 off 112 balls. Holder got the important wicket of Virat Kohli for 76. Hanuma Vihari and Rishabh Pant steadied the Indian innings taking India’s score to 264 for 5 at the end of day 1.

It was a perfect start for West Indies as Jason Holder dismissed Pant of the very first ball of the day. Hanuma Vihari continued his good form reaching his 50 off 96 balls. Cornwall got his 2nd wicket getting the wicket of Ravindra Jadeja. Ishant Sharma joined Vihari and frustrated West Indies bowling line up. India went into lunch break at 336 for 7. After the lunch break, Vihari and Ishant Sharma continued their positive intent.

Vihari reached his maiden Test century off 200 balls while Ishant Sharma reached his maiden Test 50 off 69 balls. It was a brilliant partnership between Ishant and Vihari as they added 112 runs for the 8th wicket. India was bowled out for 416 in the 1st innings.
Jasprit Bumrah bowled a sensational spell in the 3rd session of the 2nd day. He became the third Indian to take a hat-trick in Test cricket by picking wickets of Darren Bravo, Brooks, and Roston Chase. India reduced West Indies to 87 for 7 at the end of day 2.

India bowled out West Indies for 117 in the 1st innings and the captain Virat Kohli did not enforce the follow on. In their second innings, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Indian captain Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara fell cheaply. Rahane and Vihari steadied the Indian innings adding unbeaten 111 runs for the 5th wicket. Vihari reached his 50 off 67 balls while Rahane completed his 50 of 91 balls. India declared their innings at 168 for 4. India set a massive target of 468 runs to win.

Ishant Sharma got the breakthrough dismissing Kraig Braithwaite for 3. John Campbell and Darren Bravo played some lovely strokes before Mohammed Shami got the wicket of Campbell. West Indies ended the 3rd day on 45 for 2.

Darren Bravo and Brooks started the 4th day on a good note before Darren Bravo had to retire hurt due to a concussion. Roston Chase came to the crease and looked solid with his defensive technique. Ravindra Jadeja got the breakthrough dismissing Chase for 12. Chase and Brooks added 42 runs 0for the 3rd wicket. Soon after Ishant Sharma got the wicket of Shimron Hetymer. The concussion substitute Jeremie Blackwood looked aggressive with intent. West Indies went into lunch at 145 for 4.

After the lunch break, Blackwood and Brooks tried to put resistance before Bumrah got the breakthrough dismissing Blackwood. Blackwood and Brooks added 61 runs for the 5th wicket. Brooks reached his 50 off 112 balls before being brilliantly run out by Kohli. Jason Holder tried to put resistance and scored 39 runs. India bowled out West Indies for 210 runs in the 2nd innings.

India 416 in 140.1 overs ( Hanuma Vihari 111, Virat Kohli 76, Ishant Sharma 57, Jason Holder 5/77, Cornwall 3/ 105) and 168 for 4 in 54.4 overs ( Rahane 64*, Vihari 53*, Kemar Roach 3/28) beat West Indies 117 in 47.1 overs ( Shimron Hetymer 34, Jasprit Bumrah 6/27) and 210 in 59.5 overs ( Brooks 50, Holder 39, Mohammed Shami 3/65, Ravindra Jadeja 3/58) by 257 runs.

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