2nd Test: West Indies face monumental task after Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari stamp India’s dominance

first_img view more view less advertisement scorecard No data available! commentary graphs 2nd Test: West Indies face monumental task after Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari stamp India’s dominanceIndia vs West Indies 2nd Test: West Indies need a further 423 runs for a win with 8 wickets in hand to avoid a whitewash at the hands of India in the ongoing 2nd Test of the series at Sabina Park, Kingston. India Today Web Desk KingstonSeptember 2, 2019UPDATED: September 2, 2019 06:04 IST Rahane and Vihari forged an unbeaten 111-run partnership to stamp India’s authority at Sabina Park (AP)HIGHLIGHTSWest Indies folded for just 117 runs in their 1st innings, handing India a lead of 299 runsAjinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari hit fifties to set up a target of 468 runs for the hostsIshant Sharma and Mohammed Shami dismissed both the opposition openers cheaply in the 4th inningsWest Indies need a miracle to save the Sabina Park Test. After India declared their 2nd innings at 168/4, late in the 3rd session, Ishant Sharma removed Kraigg Brathwaite (3) early before Mohammed Shami bagged the wicket of John Campbell (16) during the West Indian chase of 468 runs to leave the hosts reeling at the end of Day 3. West Indies finished at 45/2 with 2 full days to go and are still 423 runs behind the target. Darren Bravo (18*) and Shamarh Brooks (4*) were at the crease for the hosts when play was called for the day. But West Indies will need to scrap the very bottom of the resource barrel to have any chance of saving this game.Virat Kohli chose not to enforce the follow-on and sent his openers to bat despite taking a first-innings lead of 299 runs. In their 2nd innings, the visitors lost Mayank Agarwal (4) early after the India opener was trapped in front by Kemar Roach in the first session. After the Lunch break, KL Rahul was dismissed caught behind off the bowling of Roach. Rahul did not look comfortable during his stay at the crease and faced 63 balls before getting dismissed for 6.On the very next ball, Roach sent India captain Virat Kohli packing for only his 4th golden duck in Test cricket, with a beautiful delivery that pitched just outside off-stump before moving slightly away to take the outside edge.But Roach missed out on his maiden hat-trick, failing to dislodge Ajinkya Rahane on the next ball. With the 3 wickets, Roach also moved to 9th position on the list of West Indian bowlers with the most wickets in Test cricket, with 193 wickets and counting.advertisementCheteshwar Pujara, who has had a silent run with the bat in the series, was dismissed at the stroke of Tea, as Jason Holder got him caught at third slip by Sharmarh Brooks for 27.That’s when the Indian vice-captain was joined by first-innings centurion Hanuma Vihari, as both the batsmen went on to notch up gritty fifties and help India extend their lead over the 450-run mark. The duo was particularly severe on the West Indian attack in the 3rd session and accumulated some quick runs off both pace and spin.Rahane (64*) and Vihari (53*) posted an unbeaten 111-run partnership for the 5th wicket while posting a half-century each. Being the only 2 centurions in the series so far, Vihari and Rahane finished the tour as the highest run-getters with 289 and 271 runs each.If it didn’t end well, the day hadn’t started on a good note either for the hosts as in the morning session, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma accounted for the last three wickets to skittle them out for 117.Shami bounced out debutant Rahkeem Cornwall for 14 in the 5th over of Day 3 to reach 150 wickets in his 42nd Test match, after the hosts resumed on 87/7 with Cornwall and wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton at the crease.Ishant, then sent back Jahmar Hamilton in the 47th over of West Indies’ first innings to overtake the legendary Kapil Dev on the list of Indian bowlers with the most wickets outside Asia. Ravindra Jadeja also chipped in with the last wicket of West Indies No. 10 Kemar Roach, who was caught by Mayank Agarwal for 17.Also Read | India vs West Indies: Mohammed Shami becomes 3rd fastest Indian pacer to 150 Test wicketsAlso Read | Virat Kohli ends West Indies tour with his 4th first-ball duck in Test cricketFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow West Indies vs IndiaFollow Ajinkya RahaneFollow Hanuma Vihari Nextlast_img read more

UN envoy lauds progress in Burundi but cautions that hurdles remain on

Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Burundi, reported that there have been “significant” advances in terms of political dialogue over the past six months. One among them is that several opposition politicians who remained in exile abroad following their boycott of the 2010 elections returned to Burundi to participate in a workshop that was held in March. Also, for the first time since the boycott, all Burundian political actors came together to discuss their country’s political future. “I wish to emphasize that the return of key political figures to Burundi marks significant progress and is an encouraging sign of the increasing willingness of all political actors to collaborate in the interest of preparing peaceful, free and fair elections in 2015.”The returning politicians have since resumed their activities and some political parties have already been able to make progress in terms of reaching out to their members in different locations of the country, he noted.“These major advances on political dialogue have played a key role in reducing restrictions of political space which have had the negative impact of curtailing the ability of political parties and actors to freely conduct their day-to-day activities.”At the same time, the activities of some youth members of political parties have raised concern, Mr. Onanga-Anyanga said. “Given the country’s violent history, we strongly urge all stakeholders to ensure that youth wings of political parties perform their activities peacefully and do not become a source of intimidation and at times actual danger for the population, including those that may be politically active, thus affecting negatively the political environment ahead of the 2015 elections.”Supporting next year’s elections in the war-scarred African country is one of several tasks assigned by the Council to the UN Office in Burundi (BNUB). Headed by Mr. Onanga-Anyanga, the Office was set up in 2006 to assist efforts towards peace and stability after decades of factional and ethnic fighting between Hutus and Tutsis killed hundreds of thousands of people.The envoy noted that overall Burundi continued to enjoy a “commendable” level of security and stability. However, occasional clashes continued in recent months between Government forces and armed groups, including cross-border incursions from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with armed groups claiming responsibility for some of the attacks. “As such incidents show, the ongoing instability in eastern DRC continues to adversely impact on Burundi.” In addition, the country finds itself in an “extremely difficult” fiscal position, which could, if not handled properly, pose a serious threat to hard-won yet still fragile stability, the envoy warned.The picture regarding the overall human rights situation during the first half of this year is “mixed,” Mr. Onanga-Anyanga said, noting that there have been far fewer cases of killings that may have been politically motivated than in the past. He also noted that the “excessive and inappropriate” use of force by State security agents, mostly the police, appears to have been the cause of the majority of cases of human rights violations that have been documented since the beginning of this year.Another issue the country continues to struggle with, said the Special Representative, is the high rate of extreme poverty. “Food security and nutrition remain major challenges, and most Burundians continue to face a daily struggle to make ends meet.”He added that projections for 2013 indicate a slightly increased growth rate of 5.3 per cent, which is still insufficient to significantly reduce the poverty level, given continuing high rates of population growth. Ambassador Paul Seger of Switzerland, the head of the Burundi configuration of the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC), told the Council that his overall impression after visiting the country last month is that although it has made significant progress, a number of challenges remain to be tackled.“I saw a real risk of a gap between the Government’s expectations on the one hand, and those of the international community on the other,” he stated. “Moreover, the fragility of the Burundian economy requires urgent action.”He said his message to the Government is to show political leadership and to redouble its efforts to undertake major reforms in the areas of good political and economic governance and the rule of law, while his message to the international community is to step up its commitment to Burundi and to maintain constructive, open and forthright communication with the Government.“I realize that the peacebuilding process is difficult and requires perseverance. Every marathon runner knows that the last 10 kilometres are the hardest,” Mr. Seger stated. “I therefore encourage the Government to press ahead with the race given that the country has made so much progress in terms of stabilization in recent years.” read more