By India Today Sports Desk: Ajinkya Rahane may not have troubled the scorers much in the ongoing tour of the West Indies but the vice-captain was as sharp as he has always been in the slip cordon. On Day 3 of the 2nd Test in Port of Spain, Rahane took a stunning catch at the first slip as India bowlers were working hard to pick up wickets on a docile pitch at the Queen’s Park Oval.
Rahane flaunted his reflexes in the slip cordon to take a sensational catch with his left hand to dismiss Jermaine Blackwood in the first over of the final session on Saturday. Ravindra Jadeja got his 2nd wicket, thanks to the brilliant take from Rahane as India got their 4th wicket on a day when the West Indies batters were happy to play time.
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Jadeja came over the wicket to right-handed Blackwood, who looked to increase the tempo after a slow second session, and got an outside edge that hit Ishan Kishan’s leg before flying toward the gap between the wicketkeeper and the first slip. However, Rahane quickly crouched low and snuck his left hand out to take the catch and leave his teammates in awe.
It was also Rahane’s 102nd catch in Test cricket as he continues to climb the elite list of Indian outfielders, led by Rahul Dravid who finished his career with 209 outfield catches in Tests.
The dismissal of Blackwood came after R Ashwin bowled a sensational delivery to end West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite’s innings. Brathwaite was looking good to score a century as he mixed caution with strokeplay on Day 2 but he was castled by Ashwin’s brilliance in the 2nd session.
West Indies reached 200, losing only 4 wickets in the final session on Day 3 but their scoring rate, which hovered around 2 runs per over, came under the scanner.
Earlier, the Indian innings was off to a strong start with openers Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal. Rohit showcased his class by scoring a commendable 80 off 143 balls. His partner, Jaiswal, on the other hand, displayed remarkable resilience in his only his international match, scoring 57 off 74 balls. Their partnership laid a solid foundation for the Indian innings.
However, the highlight of the innings was undoubtedly Virat Kohli’s knock. The former Indian skipper, playing in his 500th international match, scored his 29th Test century, ending a five-year overseas century drought. Kohli’s innings of 121 runs off 206 deliveries was a masterclass in resilience and determination, proving once again that form is temporary, but class is permanent. This century also marked Kohli’s 76th in international cricket, further cementing his place as one of the greatest batsmen of all time.
Despite losing four wickets in the second session, India managed to rebuild their innings, thanks to Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja. Their partnership helped India post a commendable first-innings total of 438. Jadeja also contributed significantly, reaching his fifty with a drive past mid-off.