Hyderabad: A gritty knock of 98* by Roston Chase kept West Indies in the hunt as they finished day one with 295-7 on board in the final Test of the two-match series. After winning the toss and electing to bat, the visitors got off to a steady start before the spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and R Ashwin spun a web around the opposition top order that saw them reeling at 113-5.
But it was Chase who revived the innings with a crucial 69-run stand with Shane Dowrich. Despite the departure of the latter thanks to Umesh Yadav, the lanky right-hander would go on to stitch an instrumental hundred partnership with Jason Holder to peg things back in their favour.
Just before the end of the final session, Umesh got rid of West Indies skipper holder who scored a gritty half-century. It’s clear the Caribbean side won’t throw in the towel easily and Virat Kohli and co will have to do much more as they eye a clean sweep.
That's Stumps on Day 1 of the 2nd Test.
Windies bat through a day of Test cricket in India. The reason for the majestic recovery has been down to the fine batting of Roston Chase. He's closing in on another Test century
Windies 295/7 #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/Ob7C7AbaLz— BCCI (@BCCI) October 12, 2018
West Indies 286-7 after 90 overs:
WICKET! Umesh Yadav gets the much-needed breakthrough for India as Jason Holder tickles one down leg, straight to Rishabh Pant.
West Indies 280-6 after 88 overs:
Fifty for Jason Holder, who also brings up the hundred partnership along with Roston Chase. A gritty response from the visitors!
West Indies 255-6 after 81 overs:
250 up for the West Indies with Roston Chase and Jason Holder turning the match on its head with an instrumental stand.
Good to see the West Indies making a fight of it. Roston Chase is a good cricketer and I have a lot of time for Jason Holder.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 12, 2018
Another memorable session for India but West Indies have shown grit in their fightback. Kuldeep resumed from where he left - first with the wicket of Hetmyer before getting rid of Ambris cheaply. But Roston Chase and Dowrich conjured up a good fight with a crucial partnership before Umesh Yadav got rid of the latter.
West Indies 182-6 after 60 overs:
LBW! Umesh Yadav gets his second wicket and this a superb review from Virat Kohli. Sharp inswinger, Dowrich tries to tickle down the leg side but is struck on the pads. The umpire has to change his decision.
West Indies 113-5 after 39 overs:
Ambris fails to pick up the wrong 'un as he tries to play against the turn early. Presents a simple catch to Jadeja at the cover region.
West Indies 93-4 after 35 overs:
LBW! What was Hetmyer trying to do? Kuldeep strikes with the googly again as the batsman lunges forward and is struck right in the middle.
What a turnaround from India as West Indies head into the lunch break at 86-3. After an early injury to Shardul, both Kuldeep Yadav and R Ashwin piled the pressure on the opposition batsmen. Umesh Yadav's wicket of Shai Hope just before the break has seen the momentum swing into the favour of the hosts.
West Indies 86-3 after 31.3 overs:
LBW! Good length delivery, swings in sharply and strikes Hope on the knee roll as he tries to work it down the leg side. West Indies have lost both their reviews now.
West Indies 52-2 after 23 overs:
LBW! Kuldeep Yadav traps Brathwaite in front of the stumps as the batsman fails to pick up the leg-break delivery
West Indies 32-1 after 12 overs:
CAUGHT! Ashwin gets the first breakthrough with the wicket of Powell. Tossed up, the batsman dances down the track and miscues his shot. Jadeja at cover takes a dolly.
West Indies 24-0 after 4 overs:
HUGE BLOW! Debutant Shardul Thakur has injured himself and after a small talk with the physio, limps off the ground. R Ashwin comes in to bowl as his replacement.
With the opener proving to be a cake walk, Team India will aim to end the two-match Test series with a whitewash when they lock horns with West Indies in the final match at Hyderabad on Friday.
Virat Kohli and Co made light work of the inexperienced Caribbean team by mauling them by an innings and 272 in the Rajkot Test but they will have their task cut out with the visitors eyeing redemption.
Skipper Jason Holder returns to the side after shaking off an injury due to which he missed the first Test. The return of speedster Kemar Roach will also boost their chances after the bowler could not be a part of the opening game due to the death of his grandmother.
While the Indian pacers had an easy outing against the batsmen even the West Indies pace attack seemed toothless as they were plundered for runs all over the park. If India can manage their stellar home run and manage to win the final Test, it would be their 10th consecutive series win at home since 2013.
India: Virat Kohli (captain), KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur.
West Indies: Jason Holder (captain), Kieran Powell, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Sunil Ambris, Shane Dowrich (wk), Keemo Paul, Devendra Bishoo, Sherman Lewis, Shannon Gabriel, Kraigg Brathwaite, Jahmar Hamilton, Jomel Warrican, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach....