LUNCH DAY 2: India 404 for 4 against West Indies
ST JOHN’S – India, resuming from their overnight score of 302 for four, were 404 for four at lunch on the second day of the first cricket Test against the West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium here Friday.
India’s captain Virat Kohli, who started the day on 143, completed his maiden double century in Test cricket in the last over before the interval. His previous highest Test score was 169 in the Boxing Day Test against Australia at Melbourne in 2014.
He was on exactly 200 not out off 281 balls with 24 fours to his name. The other not out batsman is Ravi Ashwin, who has so far struck eight fours in an unbeaten 64 off 162 balls.
The West Indies took the second new start at the start of the day’s play but were unlucky not to gain any success in the morning session which yielded 102 runs after the overnight pair extended their fifth-wicket partnership to 168 runs at lunch.
Ashwin was given a reprieve on 43 with the score on 344-4 when new wicket-keeper Shane Dowrich dropped a straight-forward catch behind the stumps off fast bowler Shannon Gabriel.
Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo has been the West Indies’ most successful bowler with three for 131 in 35 overs while Gabriel has the other wicket for 56 runs in 17 overs. (EZS)