The opener handed his team a 162-point advantage and set a record for the most balls faced by an Indian Test debutant.
West Indies 150 trail India 312 for 2 (Jaiswal 143*, Rohit 103) by 162 runs.
Yashasvi Jaiswal and Rohit Sharma scored centuries on the second day of the first Test at Windsor Park,
Yashasvi Jaiswal and Rohit Sharma scored centuries on the second day of the first Test at Windsor Park, giving India a commanding lead. At the time of the match’s end, India was 312 for 2, ahead of the West Indies by 162 runs, with Jaiswal at 143 and Virat Kohli at 36. Jaiswal and Rohit displayed outstanding patience during their 229-run partnership after beginning the day on 80 for no loss. India took a first-innings lead without losing a wicket for the first time in a Test match. But scoring runs was more complicated. Despite only losing two wickets, India could only muster 232 in 90 overs on the second day. Rahkeem Cornwall was the most dangerous of the nine bowlers West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite used. Cornwall, though, was forced to leave the field during the opening game due to a chest ailment, and he never returned.
Jaiswal was the first to reach his century, becoming the third Indian opener (along with Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw) in their maiden Test match. Soon after, Rohit came in with a four-off Alick Athanaze. His second century outside India in 27 games marked his eleventh century in Test cricket. Joshua Da Silva caught the rebound after gloved the spinner off the next ball onto his leg. Shubman Gill informed India’s head coach Rahul Dravid before this Test that he wanted to play at No. 3. Gill’s strategy didn’t immediately pay off as Jomel Warrican was nudged to second slip for six.
West Indies waited till the 101st over to bowl the second new ball because the spinners were getting turns and bounces. They also burned two reviews against Kohli in their desperate attempt to get another wicket, but India managed to hold on during that time. Kemar Roach struck Jaiswal in the pads in the third over with the second new ball, but Richard Kettleborough denied the lbw challenge. According to the replays, the ball would have continued to the leg stump had West Indies still had any further reviews.
Only eight overs had passed with the second new ball before Brathwaite reintroduced Warrican. After facing 80 balls, only then did Kohli hit his maiden boundary with a cover drive. He raised his hand in victory and grinned widely. He and Jaiswal had put up 72 for the third wicket by the time of stumps. In the opening nine overs of the day in the morning, Jason Holder and Roach maintained a solid length outside off, giving up just 19. Jaiswal scored the first boundary when he pulled Joseph to reach his half-century in the tenth over. Since KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal added 117 against South Africa in Centurion in December 2021, this was India’s first opening century stand in 23 innings. Rohit, too, achieved his half-century after the first drink break. When Jaiswal showed signs of impatience or made a poor shot, he also had some counsel for the young man.
Before the break, Cornwall had contested Jaiswal’s edges while receiving support from the surface. He hit him on the helmet with extra bounce on the other side as the left-hander failed to connect a sweep. Although Warrican, considerably faster in the air than Cornwall, found a solid turn to beat Rohit’s outside edge, West Indies could not secure a wicket. Beginning the second session, Jaiswal made an effort to quicken the pace. Against Warrican, he tried skipping down the field a few times, but he could have been more successful. By chipping Holder down the ground for a four, Rohit led the way. Jaiswal again threw his bat around to hit two fours in Holder’s subsequent over, the first of which came off the outside edge. Following that, West Indies switched to plan B, with Alzarri Joseph bowling the short stuff. Rohit twice miscued the pull but was fortunate each time since the ball left the surface more slowly. Warrican’s throw from the opposite end connected with Rohit’s outside edge, but it missed the slip fielder. Jaiswal performed considerably better with the short ball, even drawing Joseph behind square leg for a touchdown. He needed just 31 deliveries to go from 70 to 100 after taking 16 balls to get started on day one, demonstrating the adaptability that served as the centerpiece of his innings.
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