With opener Yashasvi Jaiswal‘s explosive batting and Rohit Sharma‘s swashbuckling performance, India established its dominance in the second Test against the West Indies. The thrilling encounter at the Queen’s Park Oval witnessed India’s aggressive approach, as they took the game by storm and built a strong position for the series decider.
An Electrifying Start
The match began with a bang as Yashasvi Jaiswal, with finesse and flair, concluded the first over of India’s innings with a stunning six and a four. This fiery start set the tone for the entire game, and it was evident that the West Indies bowlers were in for a tough challenge.
“Bazball” Takes Center Stage
India’s openers, Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal, embraced the “Bazball” style of playing Test cricket, which involves an all-out attacking approach from the very beginning. This aggressive strategy was in full display as they launched a relentless assault on the West Indies bowlers.
Rain Marred, India Shined
Despite the rain playing spoilsport during the contest, Team India completely outplayed the West Indies on day four. The visitors’ performance boosted their chances of clinching the Test series decider.
Rohit Sharma’s Quickfire Knock
Mohammed Siraj’s pace wreaked havoc on the West Indies lower-order during the first session, setting the stage for skipper Rohit Sharma to make his mark. The veteran Indian opener played a blistering innings and notched up the fastest half-century of his Test career.
Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal’s scintillating partnership helped Team India reach 98-0 in just 11.5 overs of the second innings. Rohit’s explosive knock of 57 off 44 balls at a strike rate of 129.55 left the fans in awe. The duo also recorded India’s fastest-ever 50-run opening partnership in Tests.
Setting New Records
Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal’s partnership was not just exceptional; it also etched their names in the record books. They accumulated a total of 466 runs as an opening pair during the West Indies series, setting a new record for the highest opening partnership aggregates by Indian openers in a two-match Test series.
Fastest Team 100 in Test Cricket
India’s relentless batting display allowed them to reach the 100-run mark in just 12.2 overs, creating history by achieving the fastest team 100 in Test cricket. This achievement shattered Sri Lanka’s lesser-known record, which was set in 2001 when they completed 100 runs as a team in 13.2 overs against Bangladesh.
Ishan Kishan’s Impressive Debut
Adding to India’s dominant performance, wicketkeeper-batter Ishan Kishan showcased his talent and smashed his first Test half-century off just 34 balls. His aggressive batting style perfectly complemented the team’s overall approach.
The second Test between India and the West Indies was a thrilling spectacle, with India showcasing their “Bazball” style of cricket. Yashasvi Jaiswal’s explosive start, complemented by Rohit Sharma’s aggressive knock, put Team India in a commanding position. Their record-breaking partnership and the achievement of the fastest team 100 in Test cricket will be remembered as remarkable feats in the history of the game.
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What is “Bazball” style of playing Test cricket?
“Bazball” refers to an all-out attacking approach from the opening batsmen, emulating the aggressive style of former New Zealand cricketer, Brendon McCullum.
Who holds the record for the fastest half-century in Test cricket?
Rohit Sharma’s fastest Test half-century, achieved in just 35 balls, sets the benchmark for the quickest fifty in Test cricket.
What is the highest opening partnership aggregate by Indian openers in a two-match Test series?
Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal hold the record with a total partnership of 466 runs in the West Indies series.
Which team previously held the record for the fastest team 100 in Test cricket?
Sri Lanka held the record before India, scoring 100 runs as a team in 13.2 overs against Bangladesh in 2001.
How did Ishan Kishan perform in his Test debut?
Ishan Kishan made an impressive debut, smashing his first Test half-century off just 34 balls, contributing significantly to India’s commanding performance.