Sharma rocks Windies


NORTH SOUND, Antigua – West Indies bid to take control of the first MyTeam11 Test – co-sponsored by Skoda and KEI – was undermined by a destructive spell from Ishant Sharma that handed the advantage to India.

Captain Jason Holder held his nerve in the last half-hour to remain not out on 10 and Miguel Cummins was not out on zero, as the #MenInMaroon reached 189 for eight, replying to India’s first innings total of 297, when stumps were drawn on an elongated second day of the contest at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground here.
Looking to finish the day strongly having reached 174 for five, the home team lost three wickets – all to Sharma – for five runs in the space of 17 deliveries in a dramatic 15-minute period to lose their way in the closing stages.

All of their frontline batsmen got starts, but none carried on – Roston Chase led the way with 48, Shimron Hetmyer made 35, Shai Hope got 24 and left-handed opener John Campbell added 23.

Most of the home team’s batsmen fell to flawed strokes, rather than fabulous bowling, as Sharma ended the day with 5-42 from 13 overs to rip the heart out of their batting.

This followed a frustrating morning period for West Indies, when Sharma was again a thorn in their side, as he and Ravindra Jadeja shared a defiant eighth wicket stand to help India add a further 94 to their overnight total before they were bowled out on the stroke of lunch.

Kemar Roach was the most successful bowler for the Caribbean side, taking 4-66 from 25 overs, Shannon Gabriel supported with 3-71 from 22 overs and Chase grabbed 2-58 from 16 overs.
35, Shai Hope got 24 and left-handed opener John Campbell added 23.

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