Ind vs WI 2nd Test: Pujara, Kohli propel India to 495
Cheteshwar Pujara scored his 5th Test hundred as India managed to take a lead of 313 runs against West Indies on Day 2 of the 2nd Test at Wankhede, Mumbai.
The West Indies 1st innings was wrapped up on Day 1 itself after India won the toss and surprisingly elected to bowl first on a batting pitch. Pragyan Ojha starred with a five-wicket haul as he ripped apart the Windies batsmen by striking at regular intervals. R Ashwin (3/45) offered support from the other end and both spinners worked in perfect tandem to wreak havoc in a fragile looking batting line-up. West Indies were all-out for 182 in 55.2 overs.
The Indian openers started well, adding 77 runs to the 1st wicket before Shane Shillingford (5/179) gave the hosts a double blow, dismissing both Murali Vijay (43) and Shikhar Dhawan (33) in the same over. Out came Pujara, along with master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who took the Indian total to 157/2 at stumps on Day 1.
Day 2 began with Tendulkar reaching his 50, followed by Pujara who went on to convert his half-century into a big hundred (113). Tendulkar was caught at first slip on 74 after adding 144 runs for the 3rd wicket. In at No.5, Virat Kohli was off the mark straightaway with his usual run-making and completed his fifty in no time. The duo were involved in a 94-run stand, before Kohli departed to Shillingford on 57. Pujara followed suit and India were 354/5. However, Rohit Sharma’s exploits engulfed the stadium as he raced his way to yet another century (111*), his second on the trot. The tail-enders chipped in from one end, taking India’s lead to 313 runs with Rohit on the other. The hosts were all-out for 495.
In response, West Indies lost 3 wickets in a jiffy for 43 before stumps were called on Day 2.