Jamaica : Opener Lokesh Rahul showed a lot of composure as he struck his third Test hundred with India sedately reaching 185 for one at lunch on the second day of the second cricket Test against the West Indies on Sunday.
For Rahul, it was a case of making full use of the opportunity as it is his third Test ton in overseas conditions. He is batting on 107 of 199 balls with 12 boundaries and a six, which was hit to complete the coveted landmark.
He has added 98 runs for the second wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara (37 batting, 131 balls), whose subdued batting has been the reason that India could manage only 59 runs in the session in the 26 overs bowled in the morning.
India trail by a mere 11 runs after bowling out the hosts for just 196 in their first innings. Starting at the overnight score of 126/1, the two batsmen looked to play for time, as there was still something in the pitch for the bowlers. However they didn’t have any help from the weather, as it was bright and sunny when play began, rendering this a good day to bat.
Even so, the West Indies’ pacers didn’t make things easy for the Indian batsmen. Shannon Gabriel (0-21) bowled an extended spell, as did Miguel Cummins (0-44) and the two bowled a nagging line to trouble the duo at the crease.
Gabriel, in particular, tested both Rahul and Pujara, thrice inducing edges as they fell short of the waiting cordon. On three other occasions, he beat the batsmen with his pace and bounce.
Cummins too beat the batsmen with his line and length, getting a couple to rise awkwardly, but the edges didn’t come or didn’t carry to the fielders as the batsmen looked to play with soft hands.
It affected the run-rate, as only 22 runs came in the first hour of play, with Pujara taking 35 balls to score first run.
WINDIES 1st Ings 196/10
India 1st innings
L Rahul batting………………………107
S Dhawan c Bravo b Chase…………27
C Pujara batting……………………….37
Extras: (b8, lb1, nb5)……………….14
Total: (For 1 wkt)…………………..185
Bowling: Gabriel 11-3-21-0, Cummins 12-1-44-0, Holder 14-6-31-0, Chase 16-2-52-1, Bishoo 6-0-19-0, Brathwaite 4-0-9-0.