Shardul Thakur debuts, Windies opt to bat in 2nd Test

However, he proved to be the most unlucky of all the starters as he had to leave the field while bowling just his second over because of a groin pain.

Mohammed Shami, Khaleel Ahmed, and Shardul Thakur have also been included in the Indian squad. Shardul made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in 2017 while his T20I debut was against South Africa in February 2018. In the first match, they were bowled out twice - for 181 and 196; and breaching that psychological 200-run mark was pivotal to the Windies' chance of salvaging some pride, if not for a fightback. The CCI last hosted an worldwide game in 2009, a Test match against Australia. He had played all the five Tests in England and the first one against Windies in Rajkot after being hampered with injury issues in the first half of the year.

Kuldeep Yadav (3-74) sent back Kraigg Brathwaite but it was Shai Hope's dismissal for 36 off the final delivery before the lunch break that made it India's session. He got to this feat with the wicket of Sunil Ambris in the first innings of the second Test match against West Indies. It is a surprise that after a good start to his Test career Prithvi Shaw has not been picked for the ODIs.

And for a while it looked like Chase had found his man in Shane Dowrich. However, Chase and Holder bettered the 124-ball partnership with a 183-ball partnership for the 7th wicket.

The incident came as the West Indies rebounded from a heavy defeat in the first Test to post a competitive score of 295 on the first day, with Roston Chase ending the day unbeaten on 98. Chase departed in the 90s only once till date in his 24-match Test career. Skipper Jason Holder scored 52 crucial runs.

Phaneendra Varma is a cricket enthusiast and is following the game since 2003 Cricket World Cup.

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