STUMPS - DAY 1: Windies 295 for 7
Finally a session won by Windies. Just one wicket in the final session for India and Windies end with a score that didn't look likely when they were 113 for 5. Kuldeep picked three wickets and Windies were crumbling at Tea. The resurgence started with Chase and Dowrich scoring 69 for the sixth wicket and then Holder collaborated with Chase to take the innings forward.
India won't be too unhappy but they would have certainly liked to bat today. Windies were poor early on but the late resistance gives them a chance to challenge India. We saw a few balls keep low and the visitors will hope that troubles India.
Ashwin struck early but failed to find the zip from the track. Jadeja too struggled but Umesh was exceptional with the ball reversing.
Credit to Chase and Holder that kept India at bay. However, a lot will depend on how they play in the first session on Day 2. Join us at 9am tomorrow! Ta ta!
HOLDER FALLS: Short ball and down the leg side. Holder wanted to pull that one but gloves it to the 'keeper. The 104-run stand comes to an end as Umesh gets his third.
Windies 286 for 7
50 FOR HOLDER: The Windies captain comes back to the side and immediately makes an impact. He gets to a half-century off 86 balls and the stand is now past 100 as well. Chase looking good from the other end.
WIndies 282 for 6.
India have taken the new ball ...
250 up for Windies and they haven't lost a wicket so far in the session. The new ball is due now and ten overs to go in the day.
50-RUN STAND: Another frustrating partnership building ahead of India. Holder has steadied the innings with Chase and they've now scored 54 off 98.
Windies 237 for 6
REVIEW: Holder doesn't pick the wrong one from Kuldeep and gets pinged on the back pad. Looked close but it was always pitching outside the leg stump. Holder was playing a shot so couldn't have been given out. Review lost.
Windies 216 for 6
Windies batsmen walk out to bat. India will aim to wrap up the innings in this session. Will be interesting how Chase and Holder approach this.
TEA - DAY 1: Windies 197 for 6
Three innings into the tour, Windies are yet to dominate a single session as it continued to be a mismatch with Kuldeep enjoying his good run. After starting at 86 for 3, Windies lost two more to Kuldeep before a 69-run stand steadied things.
Early into the session, it became quite clear that Windies middle-order continues to be wobbly against the India spinners. Shimron Hetmyer was trapped in front while offering no shot to a Kuldeep delivery while Ambris tried to attack his way out of trouble. However, the technical glitches in approach meant he wasn't able to flourish. He charged Kuldeep to flick a ball to the on side but ended up leading edge the ball to cover. At 113 for 5, Windies were in trouble and wobbling.
Chase, in particular, was impressive against Kuldeep while Dowrich grinded it out. The former had no issues picking up the variations and was happy to play the field. Both batsmen did attack Ravindra Jadeja to pick up a few runs as they remained frustrated the hosts for 124 deliveries. This was the first Windies partnership that lasted more than 100 deliveries in the series before Umesh Yadav came back to dismiss Dowrish with an incoming delivery. The right-hander got stuck in his crease and ended up getting trapped in front. While the appeal was turned down, India reviewed the call to get the decision reversed.
Chase continued to play positive cricket even with the ball reversing to pose quite a few questions. He brought up his seventh Test half-century off 80 deliveries in the 64th over with the Windies hopes firmly pinned on him. The visitors, however, will certainly not be pleased with their batsmen failing to convert their starts so far in the series. Umesh, on the other hand, shrugged off his poor and wayward start to strike two crucial blows. Windies looked set for a lot more but he first dismissed Shai Hope and then Dowrich just before the second break.
Earlier, Windies got off to a steady start but lost their way in the last half of the first session. Kieran Powell threw away his wicket while trying to hit R Ashwin out of the attack while Kraigg Brathwaite resisted for 68 deliveries for his 14 before he was out lbw defending a straight ball from Kuldeep. Hope looked in exceptional touch before he fell to Umesh on the last ball before Lunch.
India handed Shardul Thakur debut in the Test but the pacer suffered a groin strain and had to walk off after bowling just ten deliveries. He has been sent for scans with his participation in the current Test still in doubt.
UMESH STRIKES: Full and on the stumps, it was in front from Umesh but the appeal against Dowrich was turned down. India reviewed the call and got the decision reversed. End of the 69-run stand.
Windies 182 for 6
50-RUN STAND: Chase and Dowrich have reduced the damage done just a little bit. Two wickets early in the session and they needed to dig in. They've scored at a good pace and put pressure on the spinners. This is also the first time any partnership has lasted more than 100 balls for Windies in this series.
Windies 165 for 5.
150 UP: Roston Chase is looking good for a big one and needs support. He's picking Kuldeep easily and has taken the attack to Jadeja.
Windies 150 for 5
Update: Shardul Thakur has gone for scans. He will not take the field today. An update on his participation for the rest of the Test will be taken after looking at the scans and after being assessed by the team management.
ANOTHER ONE: Windies batsmen don't pick Kuldeep and they don't look too keen on grinding it out either. Tossed up and Ambris wanted to flick it to the on side. Charged down and got a leading edge. Caught at cover.
Windies 113 for 5
TWO FOR KULDEEP: Hetmyer doesn't last long. Googly from the spinner and he came forward but offered no shot. Plumb in front and Windies are now four down even before they have 100 on the board.
Windies 92 for 4
The players back for the second session. Umesh will finish his over. Ambris is the new man at the crease ...
LUNCH - DAY 1: Windies 86 for 3
Windies played some positive cricket but India managed to keep things in check and pick up the early advantage as the visitors went to Lunch at 86 for 3. India's spinners - R Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav - picked up two wickets with as many as 31.3 overs bowled in the session.
Windies were boosted early as Jason Holder, back to lead the side after recovering from an ankle injury, won the toss and opted to bat first. There was a surprise, however, as Windies decided to include Jomel Warrican instead of Kemar Roach. Both Kieran Powell and Kraigg Brathwaite started positively and took advantage of some poor bowling from Umesh Yadav. The pacer failed to settle down and get into a rhythm, and his wayward bowling only helped the Windies openers get comfortable at the crease with the track not offering much.
India were pulled back a touch when Shardul Thakur, handed debut in this game, hobbled off the field having pulled his groin just 10 deliveries into his Test career. Virat Kohli, armed with five bowlers, turned to Ashwin and the move worked immediately. Powell ran towards Ashwin a little too early and gave the offspinner time to adjust. Once the delivery was floated outside off, Powell was forced into playing and shot and ended up offering a simple catch to Ravindra Jadeja at cover. The opener had not only thrown away his start, he also helped India nose just ahead just when it looked Windies will take advantage of a steady start.
Powell will, probably, rue not sticking around having survived a close call. In Ashwin's second over, he was given out lbw but reviewed the call. The replays confirmed a big inside and with the catch not taken, he had earned an early reprieve. Brathwaite, on the other end, looked assured and showed some tremendous application along with Shai Hope. However, the opener played the wrong line and was trapped lbw by Kuldeep in the 23rd over after a 68-ball stay.
Umesh did make amends by dismissing the set Shai Hope (36) in the last over before the break. Hope too ended up losing the review after surviving a close lbw shout. In the 30th over, Hope was pinged in front by Umesh but the lbw appeal was turned down and replays showed the ball was clipping the top of leg stump after India challenged the decision.
WICKET: Kuldeep strikes now. Brathwaite has been trapped lbw. Tossed up and spun just a touch. The opener came forward but played the wrong line. Went for the review and lost that as well.
Windies 52 for 2
WICKET: Another poor shot and Powell has thrown it away. Ran at Ashwin too early and the spinner saw that. Fired a fast one outside off and the left-hander lobs an easy catch to Jadeja at cover. Just when it looked like Windies will take advantage of some poor bowling from Umesh in the morning session, Powell helps the host nose ahead.
Windies 32 for 1
POWELL SURVIVES: Slider and on the stumps. It held its line and took the inside edge. Powell was given lbw but he reviewed it. Big inside edge. No one caught it so no trouble there and Windies are off to a steady start.
Windies 26 for no loss
INJURY - Looks like Shardul has pulled up his groin. He was keen to keep going but the physio has asked him to take a walk. He limps off the field. Ashwin into the attack.
An expensive start for Umesh as he leaks two boundaries in the first over. Shardul to bowl from the other end on debut.
Alright then, the anthems are done! The players are out there. Powell and Kraigg Brathwaite to open. Umesh to start with the ball for India and we are all set. Excited?
I think it has more to do with the time he's spent in India set up. Siraj has done well with India and will have to wait for his chance at the highest level.
TOSS - Windies have opted to bat. Holder returns. Shami rested.
Playing XI -
India: Prithvi Shaw, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur
Windies: Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich(w), Jason Holder(c), Devendra Bishoo, Jomel Warrican, Shannon Gabriel
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Hello and welcome to the live blog of the first day of the second Test between India and Windies in Hyderabad. After a one-sided contest in Rajkot, the first thing the fans will hope for is a good contest. With Holder and Roach set to return, Windies will have a much better bowling line-up but it's their batting that needs to step up.
They were poor in Rajkot and have had time to reflect on what went wrong. India are in no mood to relent and that means things won't get easy for the visitors. Stay tuned folks as we'll keep bringing you more updates.