‘Lifeless’ pitch, lively Test: West Indies v India, 2nd Test review

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‘Lifeless’ pitch, lively Test: West Indies v India, 2nd Test review

We review the second Test between West Indies and India at Port-of-Spain, which was rained off when India needed 8 wickets to wrap up the win. It meant India won their sixth series in West Indies and continued their dominance when touring the Caribbean.

Talking Points:

  • The problem with gauging the quality of a Test based on crowds and pitches
  • Does Test cricket have to conform to a template?
  • Mohammad Siraj’s terrific spells
  • West Indies’ curious decision to field first on a benign pitch
  • Virat Kohli’s near-flawless hundred
  • Ashwin and Jadeja tightening the screws on Day 3
  • Mukesh Kumar’s debut – and India’s transition over the next few years
  • West Indies’ improved batting performance
  • The challenge for India’s bowlers in tougher conditions


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  • Mohammad Siraj takes 5 for 60 – Windies Cricket – YouTube
  • Fazeer Mohammed reviews the second Test – SportsMax TV – YouTube
  • Let West Indian cricketers play in first-class cricket in India – Deep Dasgupta – ESPNcricinfo
  • When India collapsed for 81 all out – Windies Cricket – YouTube
  • How West Indies became a fast bowling paradise again – Sidharth Monga – ESPNcricinfo

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