After the disappointment of the first Test, West Indies showed some fight against India on the opening day of the second Test at Hyderabad. Roston Chase was star of the day for the Windies thanks to his chanceless 98 not out that helped the tourists to 295 for 7 at stumps.
West Indies skipper Jason Holder supported Chase by scoring 52 and put on a 104-run partnership together. Most of the Windies batsmen got starts but failed to capitalise on it as India tried to assert their dominance once again by reducing them to 113 for 5 at one stage. Chase and Holder though came good for the visitors and the latter will be disappointed after getting out towards the end of Day 1. Chase will start Day 2 with Devendra Bishoo at the crease as the Caribbean Kings look to get some more runs on the board before India bat.
As far as the Indian bowlers are concerned, both the Yadav’s – Kuldeep and Umesh – did most of the damage by picking up three wickets each. Ravichandran Ashwin also picked up a wicket, while debutant Shardul Thakur’s bow in the Test arena was short-lived after he succumbed to a groin strain that allowed him to bowl just 1.4 overs. Here’s what you can expect from Day 2.
Chase to score a well-deserved century
Chase looked comfortable out in the middle and didn’t put a foot wrong in the opening day at Hyderabad. One of the few batsmen to emerge with some credit after the first Test, Chase dealt with the Indian bowlers with confidence and class. He should bring up his second Test century against India on Day 2 and will then try to pile on as many runs as possible, while batting with the tail.
Windies will surpass the 350-mark
West Indies should reach 350 and perhaps even more if their lower order can spend some time at the crease. A lot will depend on how long Chase stays in the middle as well as how the Caribbean bowlers manage to support him. Keeping that in mind, expect Chase to score his runs at a pretty healthy strike rate on Day 2.
India will eat away at a substantial amount of the visitors’ lead by the end of the day
The Men in Blue will definitely bat at some stage on Saturday with the only question being when. If the Indian bowlers can pick up the last three wickets quickly then the Indian batsmen should eat away at a sizeable chunk of West Indies’ lead. Even if the wickets don’t come early, the Indian batsmen will most probably reduce the lead significantly, judging by the manner of their batting in the first Test.
Words: Sportz Interactive