India Extend Huge Lead on West Indies After Opting to Bat Again Even after Follow-up in Second Test Match
Indian Test Skipper Virat Kohli refused to enforce the follow-up even though India took a 299-run lead in the first innings over the West Indies, opting to make its way to an unassailable position on the 3rd day of the Final Test Match in Jamaica on Sunday.
At lunch, tourists had 16 for one with an overall lead of 315 despite Kemar Roach’s initial advance for the home team.
Roach was the last in the first West indies of the West Indies Total 117, as the lower order offered a little more resistance on the third morning than the frontline batsmen had shown at the end of day two, when Jasprit Bumrah’s hat-trick f at the height of a demolition the work of India’s fast-bowling players.
Bumrah was unable to add to his six-wicket account since Saturday and left to the other frontline players, pacemakers Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma and spinner Ravindra Jadeja, to finally claim the last three wickets after 75 minutes of play.
Shami produced a steep lifter to eliminate Rahkeem Cornwall through a simple catch of Ajinkya Rahane in the ravine, while Sharma represented the other debutante overnight, Jahmar Hamilton, Kohli clinging to the possibility of casualty in the third Slip.
With the last man Shannon Gabriel at the other end, Roach chose to hit Jadeja but was only able to trap Mayank Agarwal on deck.
Aware, no doubt, of handling the workload of his bowlers in sweltering conditions, Skipper Virat Kohli opted to bat a second time, presenting Roach with the opportunity to raise his Test wickets account to 191, one less than the legendary former player of West Indies’ fast-bowling Wes Hall.
He got a verdict before Agarwal that the batter tried in vain to have revoked.
K.L. Rahul and Chesteshwar Pujara will return to India after lunch with the expectation that Kohli will seek to testify in the final session of the day to give their pacemakers a chance to repeat the devastation they caused Saturday.