In spite of another rainy day at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain on Sunday, India’s lead pacer Mohammed Siraj delivered career-best numbers, giving them the best chance to win the second Test against the West Indies with an aggressive batting strategy.
After the hosts began Day 4 on 229 for 5, Siraj’s five-wicket haul in the morning session helped India bowl out the West Indies for 255 in their first innings.
India declared 35 minutes after the tea break, giving the host team a 365-run target after gaining a commanding 183-run first innings lead. India then launched an all-out assault in the second innings, scoring 181 for 2 in 24 overs.
Jason Holder, who fished at a full ball that was swinging away and was caught behind, was Siraj’s first victim of the day. Alzarri Joseph was the next to go, and although India successfully reviewed the on-field call of not out, he was trapped LBW since he had no idea about the pacer’s sharp incoming delivery.
With another rapid scrambling seam delivery that was too good for number 11 Gabriel, he finished off the second five-wicket haul of his Test career.