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2nd Test: India aim to be ruthless, WI seek redemption

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

India's ruthless home run is unlikely to be challenged when the team takes on a below-par in the second Test Friday in what threatens to be another lopsided contest.

After the hosts won the first Test by a record innings and 272 runs, there are hardly any signs that there will be a change in the script as the second Test promises to be another run-feast.

Add to it, is still not 100 per cent fit and their only fast bowler of repute is a doubtful starter for the encounter. India, on the other hand, have not made any changes to the squad that won the first game inside three days in

The lop-sided matches are hardly the kind of preparation the Indian team would have wanted before the big-ticket series against starting December.

In fact, Virat Kohli's team might not be able to escape a sense of deja vu as it goes into the second Test.

In 2011, dominated 2-0 in a one-sided series before crashing to a 0-4 defeat against Down Under.

Similarly, in 2013 when won both Test matches well inside three days, the next tour of didn't pan out well as they lost the series.

It is just an indicator that the Test teams over the years have not been competitive enough to challenge the Indian team, which is anyway formidable on home turf.

In contests like these, the focus is on challenging one's own self which did in the first Test where he scored 139 off 230 balls.

While 18-year-old expectedly hogged the limelight with a smashing ton on debut, Kohli's innings was a master-class of how to set a different challenge for oneself as a batsman.

The West Indies bowling, which at best can be compared to a lower rung first-class side in India, could have been taken to the cleaners but the Indian hit only 10 fours in his knock -- significantly less than 19 boundaries and Cheteshwar Pujara's 14 hits.

The bulk of the runs 99 of them came in singles and doubles. Perhaps, he was trying to check if he curbs certain strokes, how his game will shape up. He showed a different facet to his batsmanship during the 24th Test hundred.

The only area of concern for will be vice-Ajinkya Rahane's form, who was touted as the best in overseas conditions back in 2013-14 season, when he scored 96 at Durban, 118 at Wellington, 103 at the Lord's and 145 at

Rahane has gone without a Test hundred for nearly 14 months (last hundred came against in August 2017).

His career has tapered off a bit in the last couple of years. And the second Test would be last shot to get back into a good frame of mind before the series, which could be make or break for him.

The Indian team has decided against any experiments with failing to find a place in the XII for this game.

coach put up a strong argument for the out-of-form KL Rahul (14 failures in 16 knocks this year).

The decision to play him for this Test is a fair enough indication that India will be looking at the Rahul-Shaw combination going into that first Test against Australia in on December 6.

Shardul Thakur continues to be the 12th man as a 2-0 series win is paramount for the home team at this point of time.

and will also like to use this opportunity well as they are unlikely to feature in the ODI series.

For West Indies, the aim will to at least put up some fight unlike the game where they didn't even last 100 overs across both innings.

Kieran Powell's 83 and Roston Chase's 53 were the only notable contributions from the batting line-up in the first game.

In the second innings, it looked as if the batsmen were in a tearing hurry to hit every ball where the need of the hour was to show patience.

The West Indies' slide in Test is a combination of both lack of application and technique needed to compete at the highest level.

They would love to redeem themselves, which looks highly unlikely as of now.

Teams:

India Final 12: (captain), Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur.

West Indies Squad: (c), Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Jahmar Hamilton, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, and

Match starts at 9:30am (IST).

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First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 13:20 IST
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