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Test Cricket: West Indies versus India Tomorrow at Sabina Park

THE Jason Holder led West Indies team will want to erase the memories of the last Test they played at the Sir Vivian Richard Cricket Ground where India won by 318 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the two match series.

The second Test bowls off at Sabina Park in Jamaica tomorrow (Friday 30th August).

Image: (L-R) Will Jason Holder call it right again against ViratKohli tomorrow at Sabina Park?; Opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite and fast bowler Kemar Roach –  a lot depends on them for a West Indies win. (Associated Press, AFP/WICB)
(L-R) Will Jason Holder call it right again against ViratKohli tomorrow at Sabina Park?; Opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite and fast bowler Kemar Roach – a lot depends on them for a West Indies win. (Associated Press, AFP/WICB)

The home team with their backs against the wall will want to pull out all stops to win the game and claim 60 points or at least draw the game at Sabina Park and collect 20 points to kick off their campaign in the ICC World Test Championship (WTC).

This is the first of six Test series the West Indies will play; the new two Test Championship is to find the best team in the World.

On Tuesday 27th August, the Cricket West Indies (CWI) interim selection committee headed by Jamaican Robert Haynes included Keemo Paul in the 13-member squad for the second Test match.

By all reports, Paul has recovered from an ankle injury and will replace Barbados fast bowler Miguel Cummins. In the first Test in Antigua, Cummings went wicketless after bowling 20 overs in the match for 69 runs. He has played 14 Test matches picking up 27 wickets at an average of 40.14.

Wicket-keeper Jahmar Hamilton will remain with the squad.

Wicket keeper/batsman, Shane Dowrich has returned to his native Barbados to continue his rehabilitation, after being ruled out of the Series with an ankle injury.

The full squad reads: Jason Holder (Captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, ShimronHetymer, Rahkeem Cornwall, Jahmar Hamilton, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel.

Image: (L-R)Ajinkya  Rahane, Jasprit Bumrah ,Cheteshwar Pujara. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)
(L-R)Ajinkya Rahane, Jasprit Bumrah ,Cheteshwar Pujara. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

The India squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, AjinkyaRahane (vice-captain), Wriddhiman Saha, Rivandra Jadeja, Mayank Agarwal, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, Chesteshwar Pujara, Mohammed Shami, Hunuma Vihari, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma and Kuldeep Yadav.

Scores in the first Test, first innings – India 297 all out in 96.4 overs, Ajinkya Rahane 81, Ravindra Jadeja 58, KL Rahual 44, HanumaVihari 32, Rishabh Pant 24, and Ishant Sharma 19.Bowling for West Indies – Kemar Roach 4 for 66, Shannon Gabriel 3 for 71, Roston Chase 2 for 58 and Jason Holder 1 for 36.

West Indies first inning 222 all out in 74.2 overs, Roston Chase 48, Jason Holder 39, Shimron Hetymer 35, Shai Hope 24 and John Campbell 23. Bowling for India, Ishant Sharma 5 for 43, Mohammed Shami 2 for 48, Ravindra Jadeja 2 for 64 and Jasprit Bumrah 1 for 55.

India in their second inning 347 for 9 declared in 112.3 overs, Ajinkya Rahane 102, Hanuma Vihari 93, Virat Kohli 51, KL Rahual 38, and Cheteshwar Pujara 25. Bowling for West Indies Roston Chase 4 for 132, Kemar Roach 1 for 29, Jason Holder 1 for 45, Shannon Gabriel 1 for 63.

West Indies in their second inning 100 all out in 26.5 overs, Kemar Roach 38, Miguel Cummings 19 not out, Roston Chase 12.Bowling for India, Jasprit Bumrah 5 for 7, Ishant Sharma 3 for 31, Mohammed Shami 2 for 13.

Anthony De Beauville is The VOICE Publishing Company’s multi-award winning sports journalist. He works closely with a number of sports federations including the Department of Youth Development and Sports, the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee and other organizations.

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