India vs West Indies: India Outclass Windies By 10 Wickets To Register 2-0 Whitewash
Openers Prithvi Shaw (33) and KL Rahul (33) remained unbeaten on their respective scores to help India cross the line in 16.1 overs.
All-round India outclassed the Windies by 10 wickets in three days in the second Test at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday. Team India, thus whitewashed the visitors 2-0. Openers Prithvi Shaw (33) and KL Rahul (33) remained unbeaten in the second innings to get the hosts over the line in 16.1 overs. It was a clinical performance from the Virat Kohli-led side as they continued their dominant run at home to register their 10th straight Test series win on home soil.
Earlier, the Windies were bundled for 127 runs, courtesy a brilliant bowling effort from Umesh Yadav. The Indian pacer took four for 45 in the second innings to add to his 6 wickets in the first to complete a 10-wicket match haul in the final Test.
The second innings started with Yadav on split hat-trick but Kraigg Brathwaite (0) survived one delivery before gliding one into Rishabh Pant's gloves.
Kieran Powell (6) edged one off Ravichandran 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 inswinger 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 match going to fourth day slowly disappeared.
However, West Indies had started off well by dismissing India for 367, keeping the first innings lead down to a mere 56 runs.
In the process, they denied Rishabh Pant (92) and Ajinkya Rahane (80) from reaching their hundreds.
In a space of 16.1 overs, India lost five wickets for 25 runs to move from a comfortable 314 for 4 to 339 for 9 before Ravichandran Ashwin (35, 83 balls) made a useful contribution.
West Indies captain Jason Holder (5/56 in 23 overs) used the second new ball to good effect as he completed his fifth five-wicket haul in Test cricket.
Shannon Gabriel after erratic performance on Saturday came back well to take 3/107 in 20.4 overs. Holder first got one to rear up from back of length to shatter Rahane's dreams of a 10th Test hundred.
The Indian vice-captain was caught at gully for 80 off 183 balls to give the opposition captain his third wicket. His innings had seven boundaries.
Rahane-Pant duo added 152 runs for the fifth wicket and once the visitors got the breakthrough, the floodgates open.
Pant (92), who added seven more runs to his overnight score, got a short ball from Shannon Gabriel, which he pushed at only to be caught by Shimron Hetmeyer at cover point.
In two consecutive Tests, Pant has been dismissed for identical scores of 92. This time he played 134 balls hitting 11 boundaries and two sixes.
For the record, during the West Indies second innings, the new SG Test ball had to be changed twice inside 12 overs.
On Saturday, Mohammed Siraj and Hanuma Vihari were released to play Vijay Hazare quarter-finals for their respective teams Hyderabad and Andhra.
(With PTI inputs)