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Umesh Yadav Claims Maiden 10-wicket Haul As India Completes Test Series Rout Over West Indies

Written By Digital Desk | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Umesh Yadav's maiden 10-wicket haul on a decent track was the highlight of Day 3.
  • An unbeaten partnership between openers Prithvi Shaw (33) and KL Rahul (33) helped India reach the meagre victory target of 72 in 16.1 overs
  • After showing some fight with both the bat and ball during the second Test, the West Indies suffered another embarrassing collapse in the second innings after being bowled out for 127 in only 46.1 overs

India was at their clinical best as they completed one of the most ruthless clean sweeps in recent times, demolishing a listless West Indies side by 10 wickets in the second Test, inside three days, to clinch the series 2-0.

Umesh Yadav's maiden 10-wicket haul on a decent track was the highlight of Day 3 as India reached the meagre victory target of 72 in 16.1 overs, courtesy of an unbeaten partnership between openers Prithvi Shaw (33) and KL Rahul (33).

While the comprehensive Test series was a great morale-booster for the Men in Blue after a dismal tour of England, but it hardly was an ideal preparation for the big away-series against Australia, starting December 4 in Adelaide.

After showing some fight with both the bat and ball during the second Test, the West Indies suffered another embarrassing collapse in the second innings after being bowled out for 127 in only 46.1 overs and in the process put India on the course for another big Test series win.

The morning session on Day 3 has raised expectations of West Indies fightback after skipper Jason Holder had starred with the ball and in the process avoided the visitors biggest tormentors Rishabh Pant (92) and Ajinkya Rahane (80) from reaching their respective hundreds.

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However, there was not taking away from the fact that Rishabh Pant was extremely expectational during the course of his innings which was laced with 11 boundaries and 2 sixes.  But after failing to reach the triple figure yet again, the left-handed batsman created an unusual record as he became second-wicket keeper after MS Dhoni to be dismissed on 92.

Though the highlight of Jason Holder's brilliant spell was managing to get rid of the danger-man Ravindra Jadeja for a duck. And with his four-wicket haul, he became the first West Indies pacer since Cortney Walsh to achieve the feat four times in a calendar year. 

Post that floodgates of wickets opened, but however, Ravichandran Ashwin showed some resistance to stay put as he kept running out of partners at the other end. The bowlers contribution of 35 balls helped India put up 367 runs on the board, while managing to take a 56-run lead.

The West Indies batsmen failed to build on the advantage of their bowler's performance on Day 3. The second innings started with Yadav on a split hat-trick but Kraigg Brathwaite (0) survived one delivery before gliding one into Rishabh Pant's gloves. Kieran Powell (6) edged one off Ashwin to Ajinkya Rahane in the slips.

Shai Hope (28) hit three delightful boundaries off Umesh while Shimron Hetmeyer (17) was trying to be more assertive against spinners in their 39-run stand. However, a rush of blood saw Hetmeyer give Kuldeep Yadav the charge only to be caught by Cheteshwar Pujara at point.

From 45 for 3, there was not much resistance as Hope was snapped when he played a Ravindra Jadeja delivery for the turn to give Rahane his second catch. West Indies' biggest hope Roston Chase (6) got a sharp in-swinger while Shane Dowrich (0) played on with Umesh getting his ninth wicket of the match.

The wicket had its share of wear and tear but it wasn't a difficult track where surviving would be an arduous task. Yet, it was another instance of lack of application from the West Indies batsmen with opener Brathwaite and young Hetmeyer playing atrocious shots.

Jason Holder (19) and Sunil Ambris (38) added 38 runs for the seventh wicket but once Holder edged one to Pant off Jadeja, any chances of the match going to the fourth day slowly disappeared.

Out of the four innings in this series, West Indies couldn't cross the 200-run mark thrice which was a testimony to their plight during the series. For India, it was their 10th series win at home since their last defeat against England way back in 2012. Virat Kohli's side did an encore of 2013 series which India won by an identical margin in that year's most lopsided contest with Sachin Tendulkar's farewell taking the limelight.

(PTI inputs)

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