Port of Spain: India emerged victorious in the two-match Test series against the West Indies, securing a 1-0 lead after heavy rain disrupted the fifth and final day of the second Test. The first Test had already been won convincingly by India, and they declared their second innings at 181 for 2 on day four, setting the West Indies an imposing target of 365 runs to level the series. However, torrential rain played spoilsport, and the Test was ultimately called off.
After a rain-marred fourth day, the West Indies were left to chase the daunting target of 365 runs in their second innings. At the close of the fourth day’s play, the West Indies’ score stood at 76 for 2. Jermaine Blackwood (20) and Tagenarine Chanderpaul (24) were at the crease, hoping to lead their team to an improbable victory on the final day.
The Test series between India and the West Indies is part of the highly regarded World Test Championship (WTC) cycle. With this victory, India continues to strengthen its position in the WTC standings, enhancing its chances of securing a place in the final.
In the second Test, India showcased their dominance, posting a formidable first innings total of 438 runs. The star batsmen Rohit Sharma (57), Yashasvi Jaiswal (38), and Ishan Kishan (52 not out) displayed remarkable performances to propel their team to a commanding position. Meanwhile, bowler Shannon Gabriel took one wicket for 33 runs in the innings.
The West Indies’ first innings saw them score 255 runs, trailing India by 183 runs. During their second innings, they managed to reach 76 for 2 in 32 overs, with Kraigg Brathwaite contributing a valuable 28 runs. India’s spin wizard, Ravichandran Ashwin, proved to be a key factor in the match, picking up two crucial wickets for 33 runs.
However, the fifth day witnessed unrelenting rain, rendering the ground unplayable and ultimately leading to the cancellation of any further play. As a result, the Test ended in a draw, with India winning the series 1-0.
Despite the draw in the final Test, the series showcased some competitive cricket and moments of brilliance from both sides. India’s triumph is a testament to their skill and consistency, while the West Indies exhibited determination and resilience in the face of tough challenges.