Cricket- 1st Test Match- India Vs West Indies- Review- 23 Jul 2016- Can West Indies Force A Draw?

The 1st Test Match between West Indies and India is very interestingly poised. After first two days, West indies are facing an uphill task of saving the match.

Batting first, India began well and piled up a massive total of 566 for 8 declared in 161.5 overs. Thanks to sensible batting by S Dhawan-84, V Kohli- 200, R Ashwin- 113 and A Mishra- 53.

Once again for India, V Kohli stayed at the crease like a rock. He is in great form and the only thorn in Indian side for WI to pull out. Kohli fails means, India lose the match.

WI Bowlers could not derive much out of the pitch thus it was a smooth sailing for Indian batsmen. Main wicket takers were- K Brathwaite and D Bishoo (3 wkts) and S Gabriel (2 wkts).

Before stumps on day 2, WI had scored 31 for the loss of 1 wkt.

With three days remaining, the possible results could be as follow:-

  • It may not be possible for WI to Score 600 runs and skittle out India cheaply to force a victory after scoring requisite runs. This is a rare possibility for which WI batsmen have to play some solid attacking cricket and really slog Indian bowlers which is very unlikely. Thus, Indian can not lose the test unless they play very badly.
  • WI need to score 388 to avoid a follow on. They have a good batting line up and can get a score of 450 plus if batsmen apply well. By Day 3, they could get around 330 runs and by Lunch/tea Time on day 4, reach around 450 runs.  In that case, India will have to play out for a Tame draw.
  • WI could falter and bundle up below 388. This could be on Day 4 pre lunch. In that case WI will have to play for time and bat out renaming days. 

Considering all of the above, WI now will play to solidify innings and progress session by session. It is to be seen how, Ashwin and Mishra square up with WI top order batsmen. Indian pacers may not succeed against solid batsmen.

Session up to lunch on Day 3 will shape the course of the match.

As per Situation at stumps on Day 2, match is heading towards a draw.

Good luck both teams.

 

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