West Indies lost six windows in one session on Friday and the remaining 14 left shortly after tea on Saturday. In total, they hit only 98.5 over. But that is not the story. The way they hit is.
Keemo Paul and Roston Chase were the hitters overnight. His team was six down in the first innings with less than 100 on the board. But none of the men cared about playing time. Paul continued sweeping Kuldeep Yadav to the limit of the square leg. Chase enjoyed throwing R Ashwin directly on the ground. And these were the few cases in which they made an adequate connection.
There were other occasions when the West Indies tried to attack the spinners of India, but they came out quite clumsy. Shane Dowrich, with four spikes to the left of the stumps, went for a cover shot against Kuldeep and was knocked down by the door. In the second innings, Chase dropped a half volley directly into the hands of the coverage and Shimron Hetmyer ran across the line to be caught in the third man.
Four batters in the first innings (Sunil Ambris, Chase, Dowrich, Paul) and five (Hetmyer, Ambris, Chase, Paul, Shannon Gabriel) in the second fell playing attack shots. Two of them were caught in the long and long wait. Was it because the team had decided that if they went down, they would do it with all the weapons on? No.
Kraigg Brathwaite, the substitute captain, confirmed that it was a "personal plan, obviously in terms of attack shots." Advancing what we should do is along with the attack shots, trust the defense. Obviously, when the field recedes, it is a question of remaining positive in the defense and keeping the bad balls, caressing the ball on the floor for the individuals, I think we do not trust our defense as much as we should have done. "
This approach also surprised the players of India. "I really believed that the second innings will be many more fights and that there will be many more associations," Ashwin told the main station, Star Sports. "Yes, there was one, but this gap is pretty good, it's pretty solid to hit and I do not think it's going to turn tomorrow either, so I was quite surprised." I was surprised at the wrong word with the number of shots that were played against him. spin and the number of high-risk shots that were played, maybe it was a strategy with which they tried to attack the spinners and discouraged us, clearly, this time it did not work. "  While he did not want the West Indies to stop playing his shots, Brathwaite hoped they would be more judicious with that.
"It's about trusting your plans, I think we were much more positive today, but still I did not get the big associations, so I think in the future, a balance between defense and attack, I think once we can Doing that and creating partnerships will be good. "
Jason Holder, when addressing the pre-match press conference three days ago, said he wanted his hitters "to be patient"; to look for careers but not to be "reckless". In his absence, his team was found to lack discipline in bowling and batting.
Brathwaite said he was not "100% sure" of Holder's condition for the next test in Hyderabad that starts on October 12; They needed a "couple of days more" to evaluate the ankle injury he had picked up during the third week of September at a training camp in Dubai.
Meanwhile, another important member of the bowling attack seems to be under a cloud. Gabriel threw only three shots on the second day. When asked about his condition, Brathwaite said: "He had a small complaint, so he was not in the field most of the day." When asked if he was OK, Brathwaite replied: "I think so."