India is on top in the second and final Test of the series against West Indies as Jasprit Bumrah, and Hanuma Vihari helped the visitors dominate the second day at Sabina Park.
Vihari smashed his maiden ton to help India reach 416 while Bumrah scalped six wickets including a hat-trick to leave Windies reeling at 87/7 at the end of day’s play. The hosts still trail by 329 runs and follow-on will be on the cards on the third day.
Virat Kohli’s role in Jasprit Bumrah’s hat-trick
Skipper Virat Kohli played a crucial role in Bumrah completing his maiden Test hat-trick. In the ninth over of the innings, Bumrah started the carnage by removing Darren Bravo on the second delivery as the southpaw edged the ball into the hands of KL Rahul at the second slip.
Shamarh Brooks got a fiery first delivery upfront from Bumrah as the ball crashed into his pads before he could do anything. The umpire gave the decision of out in India’s favor, but the batsman opted to use the Decision Review System (DRS). Replays showed that the ball was hitting the leg stump and Windies lost their review.
On the hat-trick ball, Roston Chase was trapped in front of the wickets, but the Indian pacer didn’t appeal, thinking the ball had hit the batsman’s willow first. Umpire Paul Reifel too adjudged Chase as not out. This is where captain Kohli – who was fielding at second slip – played his part and seemingly asked Bumrah if he was sure that the batsman had connected with the ball before it crashed into the pads.
Before Bumrah could even answer, Kohli asked the field-umpire for a DRS to come. Replays showed that the ball hadn’t nicked the bat and went onto hit the pad straightaway. Ball tracking showed it was hitting the leg stump and so the decision was overturned and Bumrah’s hat-trick was complete, with the help of his skipper.
Kohli went against his bowler and took the bold decision of choosing the DRS, which in turn paid off for the team.