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Kohli’s men stamp their authority, sweep series in style

Unstoppable: An elated India team with the trophy after clinching its eighth consecutive Test series win against the West Indies.  

India produced a top-notch bowling performance in a clinical 257-run demolition of the West Indies in the second Test as a 2-0 series victory put the Men in Blue on top of ICC World Test Championship points table.

The victory was 28th in Tests for Virat Kohli making him the most successful Indian captain in the traditional format of the sport.

Chasing a near-impossible target of 468, West Indies batting once again failed to show stomach for a good fight as they caved in for 210 in 59.5 overs, well inside the fourth day.

It was one of the most satisfying tours for skipper Kohli as his team had clean sweep in two formats (3-0 in T20Is and 2-0 in Tests) while poor weather robbed them in another format (2-0 in a three-match ODI series).

The bowling quartet of Ishant Sharma (two for 37), Mohammed Shami (three for 65), Jasprit Bumrah (1/31) and lone spinner Ravindra Jadeja (three for 58) were relentless in their pursuit of maintaining a tight leash on the home team batsmen.

The win took India’s points tally to 120 after two games and they lead the nine-team table even though Pakistan, Bangladesh and South Africa are yet to begin their bilateral campaign as a part of the championship.

As the dark clouds hovered over the Sabina Park during the post-lunch session, the Indian bowlers upped the ante, getting four wickets in the first hour after lunch to ensure that there isn’t any inordinate delay in achieving the desired result.

As far as the match is concerned, the writing was on the cards and skipper Kohli effected a brilliant run out in the post-lunch session.

Bravo indisposed

West Indies lost five wickets in the period in just over an hour, adding only 65 runs as a physically indisposed Darren Bravo didn’t come out to bat.

Jermaine Blackwood (38), who replaced Bravo as the ‘concussion substitute’ got a a delivery from Bumrah that pitched on length and moved a shade to take an outside edge which was gobbled up by Rishabh Pant.

The Sharmarh Brooks (50)-Blackwood partnership yielded 61 runs for the fifth wicket, before Kohli’s quick reflexes brought about Brooks’ downfall.

Brooks pushed one towards point and started to amble across as Kohli sprinted from his cover position and picked the ball and in turned in the same motion to get his direct throw on target.

Jahmar Hamilton’s (0) debut just got worse with Jadeja snuffing him out. The left-arm spinner, in the company of Shami, completed the formalities.


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