Kohli, Jadeja pile more misery on WI

While Kohli played a gritty knock of 139, Jadeja scored his first Test century — an unbeaten knock of 100 — to help India declare for 649-9 at Tea.

Kohli made his way through another dominating Test century.   -  AFP

A day after Prithvi Shaw troubled the West Indies bowlers, it was Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja's turn to set the stage on fire. While Kohli played a gritty knock of 139, Jadeja scored his first Test century — an unbeaten knock of 100 — to help India declare for 649-9 at Tea at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Friday.

Taking on a lacklustre West Indies bowling attack, both Kohli and Jadeja toyed with the bowlers. While Kohli he became the second fastest batsman to reach 24 Test hundred — just behind Sir Donald Bradman, Jadeja had to wait for six years since his Test debut to score a century in the longer format. Crafting his innings with five boundaries and five sixes.

Virat brought up his century in 123 innings, Bradman had done it quicker—in 66 innings. But while Kohli made his way through another dominating Test century, youngster Rishabh Pant fell eight short of his Test ton—falling for 92. Trying to slice a googly from Devendra Bishoo to short third man, Pant lobbed a simple catch to Keemo Paul. That was the end of a 133-run partnership between Pant and Kohli.

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Resuming the day on 364-4, both the Delhi batsmen made it a point to ensure that there was no slip-up. While Virat anchored the ship, Pant played a faster knock—reaching 92 in just 84 balls. He crafted his innings with eight boundaries and four sixes.

Kohli, who looked steady, walked back to the pavilion shortly after lunch as he was caught at mid-on by Devendra Bishoo off Sherman Lewis. But by then, India was on a firm footing.

As the inexperienced West Indies bowling attack failed to show steel, Kohli and Pant made the most of the track, which seemed to be helping the batsmen a bit. Braving the scorching sun, the Indian captain also went past 3000 Test runs in 53 innings and is currently joint quickest with Cheteshwar Pujara.

As the Indian batsmen reigned supreme, the West Indies bowlers cut a sorry figure as none of their strategies worked in the morning session. Though the side picked up some quick wickets at the fag end, the bowlers were far from impressive. After its quicks failed to provide breakthroughs, the touring side had relied heavily on Bishoo. Even though he took four wickets in the innings, he proved to be quite expensive, giving away 217 runs.