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Written by : Info Box Team

Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma took 5 wickets for 42 runs while Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja picked a wicket apiece against the West Indies as the hosts could only manage to post 189/8 and trailed by 108 runs when the second day of the first Test ended.

Replying to India's first innings score of 297, the Windies were jolted at regular intervals. Openers Kraigg Brathwaite (14) and John Campbell (23) took their side to a safe start before Shami packed back the latter with the hosts' scorecard reading 36 runs.

As the Windies could only manage to add another 12 runs, Ishant dismissed the other opener in the 18th over. Trying to play a straight drive, Brathwaite handed a catch to Ishant in his follow-up.

Jadeja made things worst for the home team as he dismissed Sharmarh Brooks (11), leaving West Indies reeling at 50/3. Darren Bravo (18) and Roston Chase (48) showed some resistance, however, the former became a victim of Bumrah when the Windies were at 88 runs. Bravo shuffled across a length delivery from Bumrah but missed the flick and got hit in front of middle as the ball came in with the angle.

Shai Hope (24) and Chase then added 42 runs for the sixth wicket but couldn't take the partnership long as Ishant struck again, this time sending back the latter.

Hope and Shimron Hetmyer (35) then took their side past the 150-run mark. However, Ishant once again came with a breakthrough as he claimed the wicket of Hope in the similar fashion as he did with Brathwaite when the Windies were at 174 runs. Skipper Jason Holder (10) and Miguel Cummins (0) were at the crease when stumps were drawn for the day.

Earlier, Ajinkya Rahane's 81 and a solid 58 runs from all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja helped India post 297 runs in their first innings.

Brief score: West Indies 189/8 (Roston Chase 48, Shimron Hetmyer 35; Ishant Sharma 5/42) in first innings vs India 297 all out.