In a thrilling display of skill and power, Indian captain Rohit Sharma has scored his quickest half-century in Test cricket, leading India to a commanding position against the West Indies. Rohit made it to 50 from 35 balls as India’s spinners, especially Mohammed Siraj, destroyed the West Indies top and middle-order.
Partnered by Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rohit helped India’s first-innings lead expand further to 183 runs -98 of which came from 71 balls.This opening partnership had the second-highest run-rate of 8.28, only behind the legendary duo of Marcus Trescothick and Michael Vaughan.
It was Rohan’s score in this Test series that had made him a star and this half-century added to his century in the opening Test in Dominica. It is worth noting that this century was only his second away from home. His opening partner, Jaiswal, currently leads the scoring charts in the series.
On Day 4, Mohammed Siraj showcased his prowess once again by taking his second five-wicket haul in Tests, reminiscent of his heroics in the 2021 Gabba Test. Also contributing with a wicket each was debutant Mukesh Kumar, who impressed with some catches as well.
Facing little pressure initially, the West Indies began day three on what looked like an assured position: 229/5. The dismissal of Joshua Da Silva at a team score of 208/4 by Siraj proved to be a turning point in the match.
India are resolutely in control with Rohit Sharma at the top of the attack and look set to take a decisive third wicket as their series continued in the second test against the west indies.