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Windies Elect To Bat vs India, Shardul Thakur Makes Debut


India, on the other hand, have not made any changes to the squad that won the first game inside three days in Rajkot. The lop-sided matches are hardly the kind of preparation the Indian team would have wanted before the big-ticket series against Australia starting in December. In fact, Virat Kohli’s team might feel a sense of deja vu as it goes into the second Test.

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Live updates between India Vs West Indies, 2nd Test, Day 1, straight from Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad

09:05 IST: Team news: Team India fast bowler Shardul Thakur has been handed the Test cap. He will make his debut at his home ground, replaces Mohammed Shami, who had played 6 Test matches on a trot.

For the Windies, Keemo Paul and Sherman Lewis have been left out. Jomel Warrican comes in.

India (Playing XI): Prithvi Shaw, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur

Windies (Playing XI): Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich(w), Jason Holder(c), Devendra Bishoo, Jomel Warrican, Shannon Gabriel

09:00 IST: Windies skipper Jason Holder wins the toss, opts to bat. The average score batting first in Hyderabad in 420+ so no doubt why that decision.

08:55 IST: India lead the two-match Test series 1-0. The Windies will look to salvage some pride in the Hyderabad Test. 

08:50 IST: Listen again to what Team India captain Virat Kohli had to say during the pre-match press conference. We are 10 minutes away from the toss.

08:30 IST: Hello and welcome to the live commentary from the Day 1 of the second Test between India and West Indies. 

In 2011, India dominated the West Indies 2-0 in a one-sided series before crashing to a 0-4 defeat against Australia Down Under. Similarly, in 2013 when India won both Test matches well inside three days, the next tour of South Africa didn’t pan out well as they lost the series. It is just an indicator that the West Indies Test teams over the years have not been competitive enough to challenge the Indian team at home. The focus, once again, will be on Indian skipper Virat Kohli who scored 139 off 230 balls. And not to forget the 18-year-old Prithvi Shaw, who expectedly hogged the limelight with a smashing ton on debut.

However, the only area of concern for India will be vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane’s form. Rahane has gone without a Test hundred for nearly 14 months (last hundred came against Sri Lanka in August 2017). Shardul Thakur continues to be the 12th man as a 2-0 series win is paramount for the home team at this point of time. Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav will also like to use this opportunity well as they are unlikely to feature in the ODI series. For the Windies, the aim will to at least put up some fight unlike the Rajkot game where they didn’t even last 100 overs across both innings.



Updated: October 12, 2018 — 3:54 am

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