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Holder stalls India

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – India captain Virat Kohli and opener Mayank Agarwal stroked half-centuries but West Indies skipper Jason Holder responded with a terrific display of pace bowling, as the home side shared honours on the opening day of the decisive second Test yesterday.

Sent in at Sabina Park in excellent conditions, India reached the close on 264 for five, with Kohli top-scoring with 76 and Agarwal getting 55.

Well placed on 157 for three at tea, India lost both Ajinkya Rahane (24) and Kohli inside the first hour following the resumption, but Hanuma Vihari carved out an unbeaten 42 and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, an unbeaten 27,  to deny West Indies any further success in the session in a crucial 62-run, unbroken sixth-wicket partnership.

Low-keyed in the Antigua opening Test which West Indies lost by 318 runs inside four days last week, seamer Holder sprang to life in the humidity of the country’s capital with a haul of three for 39, including the prized wicket of Kohli. (CMC)

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