India showcased a dominant performance in the second Test against the West Indies, bowling them out for 255 and securing a significant 183-run first-innings lead on the fourth day. Captain Rohit Sharma set the field ablaze with his fastest Test fifty in just 35 balls.
Rohit Sharma’s Record Breaking Score – Fastest 50
In the second innings of the Test, Team India displayed an aggressive onslaught, led by Rohit Sharma’s blazing performance, scoring the fastest Test fifty of his career. Adding to the spectacle, Ishan Kishan registered his maiden Test fifty, while Mohammed Siraj delivered an extraordinary spell, securing a career-best five-wicket haul.
The Indian team’s score stood at an impressive 98 for one in just 12 overs before rain interrupted play, leading to an early lunch. Rohit Sharma (57 off 44) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (37 batting off 28) approached the game with a T20 mindset. Despite facing two dropped catches during his rapid innings, Rohit Sharma achieved his fastest Test fifty in just 35 balls before being caught at fine leg off Shannon Gabriel towards the end of the morning session.
Mohammed Siraj emerged as the star bowler for India, concluding with remarkable figures of five for 60 in 23.4 overs. His devastating performance dismantled the West Indies lower-order, granting India a significant advantage.
Siraj, leading India’s pace attack in the absence of Mohammed Shami and the injured Jasprit Bumrah, embraced the responsibility with aplomb. Utilizing his trademark scrambled seam technique to perfection, the West Indies batsmen found him virtually unplayable.
The West Indies suffered a collapse, with debutant Mukesh Kumar triggering their downfall by dismissing southpaw Alick Athanaze (37) in front with an inswinger in the very first over of the day. Play began half an hour earlier than scheduled to compensate for time lost due to rain on day three.
In the morning session, Siraj claimed crucial wickets, starting with Jason Holder, who was caught behind fishing at a full ball swinging away. Alzarri Joseph followed, failing to read Siraj’s sharp incoming delivery and falling LBW after India successfully reviewed the on-field not-out decision.
With another swift scrambled seam delivery, Siraj claimed the wicket of number 11, Shannon Gabriel, securing the second five-wicket haul of his Test career.
India commenced their batting innings with an ultra-aggressive approach. The first over of the innings garnered 11 runs, with Yashasvi Jaiswal stepping out to dispatch Kemar Roach over cover for a six before flicking him for a boundary. Rohit Sharma added to the spectacle by flicking Roach for his first six, followed by three more sixes and five fours in his entertaining innings.
The timing of Rohit’s shots was impeccable, with the ball sailing effortlessly over the wide long-on boundary. As the battle between INS and WI continued, India’s dominance shone through, with Rohit Sharma leading the charge with his blazing fifty, setting the stage for a thrilling contest ahead. Full Score Board
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