WI vs IND: “We showed some fight with the bat” – West Indies skipper Kraigg Braithwaite after series loss to India

WI vs IND: "We showed some fight with the bat" - West Indies skipper Kraigg Braithwaite after series loss to India
WI vs IND: "We showed some fight with the bat" - West Indies skipper Kraigg Braithwaite after series loss to India

WI vs IND: “We showed some fight with the bat” – West Indies skipper Kraigg Braithwaite after series loss to India

WI vs IND: After his team’s series loss to India, with the second Test ending in a draw, West Indies skipper Kraigg Braithwaite remarked that his side displayed some resilience with the bat. However, he acknowledged the need for greater discipline with the ball.

Regrettably, the rain persisted on the final day of the second Test between India and West Indies in Port of Spain on Tuesday, resulting in the match concluding in a draw. As a consequence, India secured victory in the two-match Test series, winning it 1-0.

“We showed some fight in this game with the bat. Bowling-wise, we can be more disciplined. It was a good comeback from the batters. We lost five wickets yesterday, that was not good. We were positive, we had 98 overs on a pitch that was relatively good. It (chase) was on. Unfortunately with the weather, we did not get a chance,” said Kraigg in the post-match presentation.
The skipper lauded batter Alick Athanaze and all-rounder Kirk McKenzie for their performances in the series.

“Alick (Athanaze) looked good from the word go. In the Dominica Test, he belonged. They have good pitches in Australia. Continue working on your game, come and enjoy it. Kirk (McKenzie) looked good in his first match. These two guys have promise. They are the future. I have a lot of belief in these two. It will be good to have some camps, some match practices. Using Kookaburra balls. Preparation is important. We need to bat for long periods against good teams. Some countries have club cricket going on,” he added.

Earlier, India had set a formidable target of 365 runs for West Indies to win the match, and on day four, the Windies lost two wickets in the final session. By the end of the day’s play, West Indies were at 76/2, with Tagenarine Chanderpaul (24*) and also Jermaine Blackwood (20*) at the crease.

During the match, West Indies made a decent start. But Ravichandran Ashwin (2/33) intervened to dismiss Kraigg Braithwaite (28) and Kirk McKenzie (0), reducing West Indies to 44/2.

In India’s second innings, they declared at 181/2, with Ishan Kishan (52* in 34 balls) and Shubman Gill (29*) remaining unbeaten. However, with a lead of 364 runs, India set a target of 365 runs for the Windies to chase.

India’s batsmen, including Rohit Sharma (57 in 44 balls) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (38 in 30 balls), also played quick and impactful innings. India remarkably crossed the 100-run mark in just 12.2 overs, also making it the fastest by any team in Test cricket history.

In the first innings, West Indies were bundled out for just 255 runs in response to India’s total of 438, trailing by 183 runs at that point. Skipper Kraigg Braithwaite top-scored for the Windies with 75 in 235 balls, and Alick Athanaze (37), Tagenarine Chanderpaul (33), and Kirk McKenzie (32) also contributed with decent knocks.

Mohammed Siraj emerged as the standout bowler for India, taking an impressive 5/60. Mukesh Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja claimed two wickets each, while Ravichandran Ashwin secured one wicket.

India’s first-innings total of 438 was bolstered by a century from Virat Kohli (121 in 206 balls) and half-centuries from skipper Rohit Sharma (80 in 143 balls), Yashasvi Jaiswal (57 in 74 balls), Ravindra Jadeja (61 in 152 balls), and also Ravichandran Ashwin (56 in 78 balls).

Moreover, Jomel Warrican (3/89) was the most successful bowler for the West Indies. While Kemar Roach (3/104) and Jason Holder (2/57) also contributed with wickets.

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