India vs West Indies: India reach major landmark with series win

Even Kohli had advocated the use of Duke balls

Temperamentally poles apart, a cavalier Pant and a composed Ajinkya Rahane eventually wrested the initiative back with a burgeoning 146-run partnership to guide India to 308-4 at stumps.

Meanwhile, India won the series 2-0 as Umesh Yadav's 10 wickets in the match starred in the victory.

Umesh wrapped up the innings rather quickly though, first castling Chase with a peach of an in-dipper breaching his defences for 106 before snapping up Shannon Gabriel the very next ball to complete a six-wicket haul. Jason Holder (19) added 38 runs with Sunil Ambris (38) for the seventh wicket in what was the best passage of play from the West Indies batsmen. The Windies batsmen revisited their demons in the second innings, despite having put on a much-improved display with the bat in the first.

While Shaw was making merry carting the Windies bowlers all around, KL Rahul at the other end failed to get going.

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The key wicket of Rahane (80) came just six runs into the opening session as he lobbed to Shai Hope and the in-form Holder trapped Ravindra Jadeja for a duck two balls later.

That left a simple task for the India openers and Shaw and Rahul delivered, the former wrapping up the match as the teenager drove a four through the covers. "This first innings was more challenging than the last one (in Rajkot)". Just when it seemed another half-century was in the offing for the Indian captain, Holder struck trapping his opposite number on the crease.

In reply, India were in trouble at 162-4 with West Indies skipper Jason Holder taking two wickets - including his counterpart Virat Kohli's prized scalp in the afternoon session.

Hamilton was far from convincing and alongside a few misses down the leg side he dropped Pant on 24 off Gabriel. With Rahane looking astute, Pant found his timing soon and the duo went about reducing the deficit. Both batsmen soon reached their individual fifties in the 64th over to get closer to the Windies total.



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