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India vs West Indies, 2nd Test: 5 Talking Points from the game

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Indian bowlers disappointed on day 5
Modified 04 Aug 2016, 04:37 IST
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Led by a defiant Roston Chase, West Indies drew the second Test at Jamaica against India and ensured that the visitors didn't extend their 1-0 lead.

For his career-best first-class score, Chase was awarded the Man of the Match. But more than his knock in the second innings, it would have been his words that we would have preferred a win, that would have caught the eye of his coach and support staff. Aside from that marvellous knock that was aided immensely by three fifties from Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dowrich and Jason Holder.

KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane's first innings century didn't result in a victory thanks to some solid batting and some lacklustre captaincy from Virat Kohli. Aside from whether the declaration was timed correctly, what are the major talking points from this match.

Here are the major talking points from the second Test:

Indian bowling flatters to deceive

Having done so well hitherto in this series, few could have foreseen what was to come from the Indian bowlers. After bowling their opponents in each of their last 16 consecutive Test innings, India's bowlers would have relished the prospect of picking off the rest of the WI batting line-up on a day 5 pitch.

Instead, what happened was something that an Indian fan is only all too familiar with. The bowlers not showing up when it mattered most. The disappearance act conjured by the bowlers on day 5, especially Ravichandran Ashwin, who came into the innings in sublime form, is a cause of concern for Virat Kohli.

Whether the ability to bowl a side out before tea on the first day is a true sign of this bowling attack or the dismal day 5 performance is one that only time will tell. But what is clear is that the visitors will have been improve their bowling immensely if they are to claim the 20 wickets they need to claim the third Test.

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Published 04 Aug 2016, 04:29 IST
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