Mohammed Shami celebrates the wicket of Rajendra Chandrika during Antigua Test. (Photo: Cricinfo)
West Indies crawled their way to 31/1 in 16 overs at stumps on the second day of the first Test against India at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium in Antigua on Friday.
Kraigg Brathwaite and Devendra Bishoo were 11 and 0 respectively at the close of day’s play. India's only successful bowler was pacer Mohammed Shami who managed to get rid of Rajendra Chandrika for 16.
After tea, India declared their first innings at 566/8. India skipper Virat Kohli was the highest scorer for India with a 283-ball 200. Ravichandran Ashwin was the other major contributor with 113 of 253 deliveries.
Kraigg was the pick of the bowlers for the hosts returning figures of 3/65.
Hosts had to toil hard in the field right from the start of the Aday but with the second ball after lunch they finally struck as pacer Shannon Gabriel got Kohli to edge one onto his stumps. The delivery kept a little low and the Indian skipper who had been middling almost everything en route to his double ton, for once failed.
Wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha next came in to the middle to join Ashwin and both ensured they had another strong partnership.
Saha was adventurous. Time and again he skipped down the track to loft the spinners. One such chip cost him his wicket too as he was out stumped after getting to 40 of 88 balls. The Ashwin-Saha stand yielded 71 runs for the sixth wicket.
Mishra tried to step on the scoring rate too after walking in and succeeded in doing so by clubbing a few boundaries.
Ashwin fell just after tea and Mishra followed him into the dressing room shortly after getting to his fifty (53).
Earlier, resuming at the overnight score of 302/4, Kohli and Ashwin proceeded to strengthen India's position with some sensible batting.
Duo studiously avoided taking too much risk, focussing instead on keeping the run rate ticking on at a steady slow rate.
They were helped on in no small measure by the toothless West Indies bowling attack. Except for Gabriel and Bishoo, the other West Indies bowlers seemed quite ordinary and never looked capable of taking wickets.
Kohli and Ashwin managed to find the gaps at regular intervals and the latter brought up his half-century in style, sending a Brathwaite delivery to the point boundary with a sublime punch off the back foot.
The skipper was also going great guns at the other end. Kohli, who resumed the second day on a personal score of 143, reached the 150-run mark with a superb pull off Gabriel for a boundary.
He registered the highest score by an Indian captain when he reached the 193-run mark, going past the previous mark set by Mohammad Azharuddin, who made 192 against New Zealand at Auckland in February 1990.
The Indian seemed to slow down a bit and became more cautious as the double century approached, eventually reaching the landmark with a single off Roston Chase.