India vs West Indies 2nd Test Day 3: After dismissing India for 367, Windies got off to a horrendous start in their second innings. The touring Windies side lost two wickets of the first couple of overs. First, it was Umesh who continued from where he had left off in the first innings, he got Kraig Brathwaite of the second delivery of the first over. It was pacy but offline, Brathwaite could only manage to get an edge and Pant took a diving catch. Umesh was on a hattrick but missed it by just one ball.
It was a surprise that Kohli brought in Ashwin from the other end because the Tamil Nadu bowler can use the new ball well and he proved why as he got Kieron Powell with a gem of a delivery. It took the edge and Rahane at first slip, bent low and took the catch inches off the ground. The umpire checked with the third umpire and finally the initial decision of out stood and Windies had lost their second wicket. Ashwin has now dismissed Powell 6 times in 10 innings in Tests. He’s dismissed only four more batsmen on more occasions – Alastair Cook & David Warner (9 times), Ben Stokes & Ed Cowan (7 times).
Earlier, Windies captain Jason Holder not only picked up five wickets to become the bowlers with the highest number of wickets in 2018 but also broke a 100-year-old record. Jason Holder’s bowling average of 11.87 this year is the best for any fast bowler in a calendar year in the last 100 years (30+ wkts). He went past former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar to the phenomenal record. In the third place in the coveted list is former Kiwi great Sir Richard Hadlee. Earlier, the Windies captain also hit a half-century with the bat. He finished with figures of 56/5 to finish India for 367 runs.