Photo: Kl Rahul raises his bat after reaching his third test century in only his sixth test match at Sabina Park on Sunday. Rahul went on to make 158 as India closed on 357/5, leading by 162 runs after day 2.
India continued to dominate on day 2 of the second Test match against the West Indies at Sabina Park after century maker Kl Rahul's patient 158 runs ensured the Indians stayed on top with a 162 runs lead. With 5 wicket remaining in the first innings and a score of 357/5 at stumps on day 2, the visitors will be looking to go for the kill on day 3.
All systems are in place for the start of the 2nd leg of the Test Cricket series between the West Indies and India at Sabina Park in Kingston. The action gets underway this Saturday July 30 and runs until August 3.
Plans were outlined at a media launch held Wednesday July 27 at Sabina Park. Among those in attendance at the launch were Sports and Culture Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, Director of Tourism Paul Pennicook, Charge d’ Affairs at the India High Commission Subbalaskshmi Mohan and executives of the Jamaica Cricket Association.
Late replacement Lendl Simmons blasted 83 runs off 51 balls to lead the West Indies to a nail-biting seven-wicket win in the last over against India in the second semi-final of the ICC WorldT20 Final after successfully chasing down 192 runs.
Simmons who was caught three times, but twice the bowlers had overstepped for no-balls and once on the boundary but Ravindra Jadeja stepped on the ropes before tossing the ball for Virat Kohli to take the catch. India paid dearly for those mistakes as West Indies set up a final against England on Sunday.
The group stage is now finished and following some well contested matches with some upsets and happy results for some teams and their players. The quarterfinals of the ICC Cricket World Cup is set to get underway this week with four very good match ups.
The most highly anticipated is the Sri Lanka vs South Africa clash. This is expected to be a thrilling contest between two inform teams, playing some very attractive cricket.
This World Cup has been a good one so far, with some very entertaining matches being played. It has not been so easy to predict and fans all around the world have been enjoying the close contests.
Bangalesh created history when they knocked England out of the tournament going against the odds to move on to the knockout stage for the first time in World Cup history.
England entered the game knowing they had to win to keep their hopes of advancing to the knockout stage alive.
India versus West Indies has always been a cracker and it was no different today when the defending champions defeated the Caribbean team by four wicket in a match that was interesting from the first ball that bowled.
West Indies captain, Jason Holder, won the toss and opted to bat first on a very good pitch at the WACA ground in Perth. It did not seem like a good decision when both Gayle and Smith went early.
At 67-5 the West Indies were in deep trouble and it was the bowlers who made the biggest contributions with the bat to lift the team to 182.
India who have been in form and have proven that they are title contenders with their three dominant wins in the group so far, will be looking to win this one against the West Indies to win four from four tomorrow at Perth starting at 1:30 am Jamaican time. India are the defending champions and would be looking to to defend their title successful here in Australia.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has once again come a calling for their “pound of flesh” from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), regarding their financial compensation for the West Indies abrupt end to the tour of India last year October. The issue arose due to disagreements between the West Indies squad, their Players’ Association (WIPA).
The West Indies Cricket Board has until Tuesday, January 27, 2015 to pay up US$41.97 million or face court action.