The rain-marred contest began with a clear intent from India’s openers. Yashasvi Jaiswal started the innings with a six and a four, signaling the team’s aggressive intent.
The West Indies bowlers found themselves under immediate pressure as the Indian openers launched a blistering attack.
Despite interruptions from the weather, India completely outplayed the West Indies on Day 4, enhancing their chances of clinching the Test series decider.
Mohammed Siraj’s impressive performance dismantled the West Indies’ lower order during the first session, providing India with a clear advantage.
In a sensational display of batting prowess, Rohit Sharma smashed his fastest Test fifty, reaching the milestone in a mere 35 balls.
This remarkable achievement surpassed his previous best of 47 balls, set against England at Chepauk. Rohit’s brilliance, combined with the young Yashasvi Jaiswal’s contribution, propelled Team India to a formidable 98-0 in just 11.5 overs during their second innings.
Rohit Sharma, the captain of India, celebrates reaching a fifty against West Indies
Rohit’s innings of 57 off 44 balls featured three sixes and five fours, highlighting his aggressive intent and impeccable timing. Moreover, Rohit and Jaiswal etched their names in the record books by forming India’s fastest-ever 50-run opening partnership in Tests.
Their stellar performances throughout the West Indies series saw them accumulate a total of 466 runs, setting a record for the highest opening partnership aggregates by Indian openers in a two-match Test series.
Team India’s relentless assault on the West Indies bowlers didn’t end there. They smashed the record for the fastest team 100 in Test cricket, reaching the milestone in a mere 12.2 overs.
This feat shattered Sri Lanka’s lesser-known record of 13.2 overs, achieved against Bangladesh in 2001. India’s batting display was nothing short of a batting spectacle, setting a new benchmark for speed and aggression in Test cricket.
Amidst the heroics of Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal, wicketkeeper-batter Ishan Kishan also made a significant contribution. The youngster showcased his potential by scoring his maiden Test half-century in just 34 balls.
In the end, Team India declared their second innings at 181-2 in 24 overs, putting the West Indies on the back foot and taking a commanding position in the Test match.
With such an emphatic and record-breaking performance, Team India sent a strong message to their opponents.
Their bold and aggressive approach to Test cricket, coined as “Bazball,” not only dismantled the West Indies but also set new standards for the game’s pace and intensity.
As the series decider headed towards its conclusion, India’s dominant display significantly boosted their chances of securing a well-deserved victory.