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.
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.
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.
Jasprit Bumrah is a once in a lifetime talent.— Ian bishop (@irbishi) August 31, 2019
England’s bid to regain the Ashes was dented by the news James Anderson will be absent for the final two Tests of the series because of another injury to his troublesome right calf.
Anderson reported feeling pain in the area on Thursday while representing Lancashire’s second string at Chester Boughton Hall as he sought to prove his fitness for next week’s fourth Test on his home ground of Old Trafford.
The issue has plagued England’s record Test wicket-taker since the beginning of last month, when a torn muscle on County Championship duty with Lancashire placed him in doubt for the Specsavers series opener against Australia.
While he was declared fit to take the field at Edgbaston, he bowled only four overs before breaking down and was sidelined for the second and third Tests as a result.
He returned for Lancashire’s Second XI last week and stepped up his recovery by bowling 20 overs on Tuesday, but a further nine on Thursday led to a relapse and, after consultation with England’s medical team, he has been rendered unavailable for the remainder of the series.
The 37-year-old’s latest setback saw England add Craig Overton to the 12-man squad that was named ahead of last week’s dramatic one-wicket victory at Headingley, which squared the series at 1-1.
Overton made his Test bow during the 2017-18 Ashes series Down Under while the last of his three caps came against New Zealand in March last year, when England succumbed to 58 all out in Auckland – a total that would have been even more ignominious had it not been for the Somerset seamer’s unbeaten 33.
Overton has since been leapfrogged in the pecking order by the likes of Sam Curran and Jofra Archer but 32 wickets at an average of 21.34 in eight County Championship matches this year has helped him earn an international recall.
England, meanwhile, are likely to move Jason Roy down to number four and promote Joe Denly to open in Manchester as they look for a solution to their top-order struggles.
Roy’s place has come under scrutiny because of a paltry average of 8.85 in seven innings as a Test opener, with his breezy knock of 72 against Ireland last month coming at number three.
His tendency to go hard at the moving ball has been criticised and although he has been retained, which meant Surrey team-mate Ollie Pope missed out on selection, PA understands England are considering switching the roles of Roy and Denly.
Kent batsman Denly made a favourable impression during England’s record fourth-innings pursuit of 359 last time out with a battling 50 from 155 balls, helping to lead a recovery from 15 for two and adding credence to claims he is a more suitable partner for Rory Burns at the top of the order.
England head to the north-west emboldened by their win in Leeds, achieved thanks largely to Ben Stokes’ majestic 135 not out, but Australia need only prevail in one of the final two Tests to guarantee their retention of the urn.
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Star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has expressed his disinterest in captaining the Bangladesh side and stated that he would rather concentrate on improving his own game.
The all-rounder is currently leading the side in the Test and T20I formats and is in line to take over the ODI captaincy as well once current incumbent Mashrafe Mortaza hangs up his boots from international cricket.
However, the 32-year-old has revealed that he is not mentally prepared to lead the national side in any format.
“I am not even mentally prepared to lead in Tests and T20s,” Shakib told Bangladesh daily Prothom Alo.
“But the team is not in a good shape, so I understand that I have to lead to get it back on track. Otherwise, I am not really interested in leading in any format. I can focus on myself if I am not captaining, which would help the team.
“I want to see the younger lot to take responsibility. Unless you give them responsibility, you won’t know what they can do. The World Test Championship and T20 World Cup are up ahead, so we should plan for the next four years.”
Shakib’s star rose significantly in the recent 2019 World Cup with the Bangladesh all-rounder finishing as the tournament’s third-highest run-getter with 606 runs in eight matches. But while the southpaw enjoyed a dream run in the tournament, he has pointed to skipper Mortaza’s poor display in England as one of the potential pitfalls of captaincy.
Mortaza was able to pick up just the one wicket in eight games with the team ultimately finishing eighth in the 10-team tournament despite Shakib’s heroics.
“I had the belief that we could go further in this World Cup, and it may have been possible if we had contributions from everyone,” Shakib stated.
“When a player doesn’t perform, he thinks more about himself than the team, which creates the problem. I think it happened in Mashrafe bhai’s case.
“It was a big issue, for himself and the team, that the captain wasn’t performing. The captain has to perform, but we were behind in that aspect. It wasn’t impossible (to reach the semi-finals); we made a good start to the World Cup, but we couldn’t hold on to it.”
Despite his apathy towards captaincy, Shakib will now have to lead the Bangladesh side in the upcoming one-off Test against Afghanistan that gets underway in Chattogram on September 5.