India vs West Indies 1st Test Day 2 at Rajkot: It was the pace of Mohammed Shami that has rocked the visitor’s as they start batting in their first innings after India declare at 649/9. Shami with the new ball bowled fast and got the ball to swing and seam. He surprised the West Indies opener Kraig Brathwaite and Kieron Powell with two balls bowled at some serious pace.
First, he cleaned up West Indies captain Brathwaite with a pacy delivery which beat the bat and defense of the batsman to disturb the timber and India drew first blood. The umpire went to the third umpire to check the step at the time of delivery and it was found that it was a close call as it looked marginal.
Mohammad Shami has now completed 50 wickets in Asia in Tests. His SR of 44.1 in Asia in Tests is the best among all other Indian bowlers.
After bowling four overs for five runs and two wickets, Shami walked off the field clutching his side, an indication he is having some pain.
Earlier in the day, Ravindra Jadeja brought up his maiden Test hundred and remained unbeaten on 100* as India captain Virat Kohli too hit a chanceless century, it was his 24th in Tests.
Jadeja initially played with Kohli and formed a partnership, but once Kohli was out and he had reached fifty, he upped the ante and in no time brought up a memorable maiden century. It was also more special as he has done it in front of his fans at home. Once, he got there, he performed his signature sword dance as the entire Indian team gave him a standing ovation, which was led by captain Kohli.
At the time of filing the copy, West Indies had lost three wickets for 21 as Ravichandran Ashwin got Shai Hope with a classical offie for 10.