West Indies vs India: Jasprit Bumrah's hat-trick and Hanuma Vihari's maiden ton inspires visitors

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Bumrah writes himself into the record books.

It turned out to be quite the eventful day two in the second and final Test between West Indies and India at Jamaica with the visitors seizing complete control.

The day started with India extending their first-innings total to a daunting 416 before their bowlers reduced the hosts to 87-7 before stumps were drawn at Sabina Park.

With the visitors already leading the two-match series by 1-0, the writing seems to be on the wall for West Indies who now have a mammoth task on their hands to avert another clean sweep.

At the end of a remarkable day two at Jamaica, we take a look at the key talking points.

Vihari impresses with maiden ton

India’s day with the bat got off to a poor start with Rishabh Pant falling on the very first delivery but the visitors’ innings was kept afloat by Hanuma Vihari.

The middle-order batsman was a resolute figure at the crease and he found an unlikely ally in the form of Ishant Sharma who registered his maiden Test fifty. Together, the pair added 112 runs between them for the eighth wicket with Vihari going on to notch his maiden Test ton.

The Kakinada right-hander missed out on a well-deserved century in the first Test at Antigua when he was dismissed for 93 but he would not be denied this time around with another well constructed innings.

The significance of Vihari’s efforts were not lost on his team-mates with Kohli leading the Indian dressing room in their appreciation of his magnificent ton.

A deserved maiden Test ton for Vihari.

A deserved maiden Test ton for Vihari.

Holder brings up his own century

While there wasn’t much to shout home about for the West Indies on day two, their skipper Jason Holder could not be faulted for his tireless efforts with the all-rounder bringing up a century of Test wickets.

Holder had bowled excellently on the first day to grab three wickets and he claimed two more on Saturday including Vihari’s to bring up 100 Test dismissals. It also means that Holder has now picked up three consecutive five-wicket hauls at Sabina Park after he claimed 11 wickets against Bangladesh in his previous Test appearance at the venue.

The Barbados man bowled a mammoth 32 overs in India’s first innings and he once again led from the front while the rest around him floundered. Since the turn of 2018, he has claimed 47 wickets in just 10 Tests at a bowling average of less than 15. He has also scored 612 runs with the bat at an average greater than 47 in the same period.

Holder's brilliance shone despite West Indies' woes.

Holder’s brilliance shone despite West Indies’ woes.

Bumrah becomes third Indian to claim Test hat-trick

India’s day went from good to excellent with Jasprit Bumrah turning on the heat with the ball on Windies once again.

The pacer claimed sensational figures of 5-7 in the second innings at Antigua and he turned in another devastating display at Sabina Park that also saw him become the third Indian bowler to claim a hat-trick in the Test format.

Six of the seven Windies wickets to fall were clinched by Bumrah and it took the India pacer just nine overs to weave his wave of destruction.

The 25-year-old wrote himself into the record books when he dismissed Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks and Roston Chase off successive deliveries with the final wicket of the three coming after Kohli opted to take a DRS review to a turned down lbw appeal.

It continues an extraordinary rise in the Test format for Bumrah who has already become the first Asian bowler in the history to claim five-wicket hauls in England, South Africa, Australia and the West Indies.

The plaudits and accolades continue to pour in for the India star with Windies bowling great Ian Bishop labelling him a ‘once in a lifetime talent’ after that stellar display.

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