India’s new batting sensation Hanuma Vihari scored another half-century as the visitors declared their innings at 165-4 setting a target of 468 runs for West Indies to win at Sabina Park in Jamaica. The hosts were45-2 at the end of the third day’s play with Dareen Bravo and Sharmarh Brooks batting at 18 and 4 respectively.
Earlier India bowled West Indies out for 117 with Jasprit Bumrah taking his career-best 6-27. But instead of forcing West Indies to bat again, captain Virat Kohli chose to give his bowlers some rest and decided to bat. India declared their innings at 165-4 when Ajinkya Rahane and Vihari were batting at 64 and 53 respectively. Vihari was the centurion in the first innings with 111 runs. Later reacting to his century, an emotional Vihari had said, “Actually, my dad passed away when I was 12 so ever since, I have decided that when I play international cricket I want to dedicate my first hundred to him.”
He had added, “Today is an emotional day and I hope he is proud wherever he is and I’m really happy that I achieved that.”
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West Indies now have a mountain to climb to score the highest ever fourth innings total to defeat India in the second Test, which has seen several records to tumble.
Bumrah became the third Indian bowler after Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan to take a Test hat-trick. Also, when Vihari was out to Jason Holder for 111, he allowed the latter to claim the 100th Test victim. Holder also achieved his third five-wicket haul in three Test innings at this ground.
In the first innings of the second Test, India’s Mohammad Shami got out for 0 to Rahkeem Cornwall, he earned the notoriety of scoring 0 in his last six innings.