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2nd Test: Chase unbeaten on 98; WI 295-7 at stumps

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October 12, 2018


16:42  Chase unbeaten on 98; WI 295-7 at stumps:  


WI 295-7 (95 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Roston Chase stroked an unbeaten half-century to rally West Indies on Day 1 of the second Test against India at Hyderabad on Friday.

Chase stroked a fluent 98 to steer Windies to a respectable 295 for seven in 95 overs at stumps on the opening day.

Electing to bat, West Indies again looked in danger of ending with a below-par total following a few early wickets before Chase steadied the ship.

Chase, who hit seven fours and a six in his 174-ball knock, put on 69 runs for the sixth wicket with Shane Dowrich, who made 30.

He then defied India in the post-tea session in the company of captain Jason Holder, who made 52, as the duo put on 104 runs from 183 balls for the seventh wicket.

For India, Kuldeep Yadav and Umesh Yadav picked up three wickets each, while Ravichandran Ashwin bagged one wicket.
16:32  Chase unbeaten on 98; WI 295-7 at stumps:  


WI 295-7 (95 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

India have completed their quota of 90 overs for the day and we still another 18-20 minutes left for stumps.

Kuldeep comes in from the other end as he replaces Jadeja. The first ball is way short but stays low as Chase somehow manages to pull it to fine leg for a single.

New batsman Devendra Bishoo defends the next four balls before Kuldeep gets the last ball to turn sharply and bounce as the left-hander offers no shot.

With around 10 minutes for lunch, Chase decides not to take on the short ball from Umesh as he ducks under it and watchfully defends the rest of the over.

Kuldeep gets the ball to turn sharply as Bishoo has a poke and is beaten. The spinner keeps flighting and Bishoo does well to come forward and block.

Ravichandran Ashwin comes into the attack from the other end. Chase turns the second ball on the leg side for one and Bishoo picks a run from the next to get off the mark.

Chase hits a full delivery down the long-on for another single before Bishoo defends the last two balls.

Kuldeep bowls the final over as Chase uppishly drives the last ball to long-off for one.

At stumps on Day 1, West Indies recover to reach 295 for five in 95 overs, with Chase unbeaten on a brilliant 98 from 174 balls, while Bishoo was not out on two.
16:13  Holder out for 52; WI lose 7th wicket:  


WI 286-7 (90 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Jadeja to bowl with the new ball as Shardul has not taken the field because of his groin injury.

Chase drives the ball to down to long-off for one and Holder picks a single off the fifth ball to raise the 100-run stand for the seventh wicket.

Holder steers a wide delivery from Umesh past point for one before he clips the fourth ball for a couple and then takes a single to take his score into the 90s.

Umesh makes the late breakthrough with the wicket of Holder, who is caught behind for 52. He tries to pull the short ball which is sliding down the leg side but the ball kisses the gloves and is caught behind by wicketkeeper Pant.

West Indies are reduced to 286 for seven in 90 overs with Chase unbeaten on 91.
16:02  Chase, Holder hit 50s to rally Windies:  


WI 280-6 (88 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

India have not taken the second new ball as Jadeja continues with the old ball.

Chase drives the first ball through the off-side for a single before Holder turns the next ball through midwicket for three runs.

Chase steals a quick single to mid-on before Holder drives the last ball but can't find the gap through the covers.

Jadeja drops slightly short as Chase clips it through the leg side for three runs and Holder takes one off the next delivery.

Ashwin drops short and Chase has enough time to rock back and punch it through the covers for a four before he clips the next ball for one on the leg side.

With no help from the pitch for the spinners and the ball, having being used for more than 80 overs, having gone soft the two West Indian batsmen are batting trouble free.

They easily milk Jadeja for three singles in his 18th over.

Umesh comes back into the attack but India are yet to take the second new ball. He continues with the old ball and gets some reverse as Chase is hit on the pads by an incoming delivery but the leg before appeal is turned down.

A couple of singles from the over before Jadeja continues at the other end as Chase turns the second ball on the leg side for two more runs.

India take the second new ball at the end of 87 overs. Umesh gets a lot of late away movement as Holder offers no shot and wicketkeeper struggles to pouch it in front of first slip.

Holder gets a thick outside edge for two runs to thirdman before he pulls the last ball for a four to bring up his fifty in style from 86 balls.
15:29  Chase hits half-century to guide WI to 250:  


WI 250-6 (80 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Jadeja is called back into the attack as he replaces Kuldeep. West Indies quietly pick up two runs from the over as Holder and Chase pick a single each.

Ashwin gets one to turn sharply as it goes down the leg side past wicketkeeper Pant and the leg slip fielder for four byes.

The slip fielder has been moved to leg slip as Chase flicks it past leg slip for one.

Ashwin bowling it a bit quick with a heavily packed leg side field but so far he is proving to be easy for the two Windies batsmen.

Ashwin bowling a bit too straight as he is easily picked for three singles in his 21st over.

West Indies have done well to recover to 250 for six in 80 overs, with Chase on 70 and Holder on 38.
15:14  


WI 237-6 (76 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Umesh bowls a poor delivery, giving Holder some width as he hits it through the off-side for a four and then takes a single two balls later.

Kuldeep beats Holder with the googly as it turns a long way with Holder trying to hit it through the leg side but is beaten and hit on the pads. The Indians go up in appeal but the umpire turns it down before they decide to take the review.

But it turns out to be a poor review as the ball pitched well outside the line of leg stump as the hosts losing one of their reviews.

Chase slaps the third ball straight back the past bowler, beating the fielder at mid-off for a four.

Holder gets an inside edge off Umesh for a single on the leg side and Chase turns the next ball to midwicket for one and they pick a single each off Kuldeep's next over.

Umesh gets a break as Ashwin is brought back into the attack. Holder looks to drive through the off-side but gets a thick inside edge for a single to square leg.

The last ball goes straight on as Chase has a poke and is beaten.

Holder taps Kuldeep on the leg side and looks to steal a quick single and Kohli has a shy at the non-striker's end to give away an overthrow.

Holder fails to pick Kuldeep's googly and is beaten before he confidently blocks the last ball.

Chase has looked quite solid as he drives Ashwin against the spin through the covers for two runs.

In the next over, Kuldeep bowls a full toss but Holder is unable to find the gap on the off-side. But a few balls later, Holder gets a big stride forward and drills the half-volley throug the covers for a four.

Ashwin strays down the leg side as Holder glances it fine for a four to raise the 50-run stand for the seventh wicket from 96 balls.

He then gets to the pitch of the ball as Ashwin bowls it full, driving it through the covers for two runs and then takes one to the fielder at sweeper cover.


14:46  Chase hits half-century to take WI past 200:  


WI 206-6 (67 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Pacer Umesh to start off proceedings after the tea break. The first ball is wide as Chase slaps it through the off-side for two runs before he clips the next on the leg side for the same result to take West Indies past the 200-run mark, in the 66th over.

This is the first time in the series that West Indies go past 200, in three innings. This will come as a big relief for West Indies, who had a nightmarish performance with the bat in the Rajkot Test.

Yadavs from both ends as Kuldeep is called back. Holder picks a single from the third ball before Chase despatches a wide half-volley through the covers for a four.


14:16  India chip away at the wickets; WI 197-6 at tea:  


WI 197-6 (65 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

India's bowlers kept chipping away at the wickets before Roston Chase rallied West Indies with an unbeaten half-century, on Day 1 of the second Test in Hyderabad.

Chase was unbeaten on 50 to guide West Indies to 197 for six in 65 overs at the tea interval.

Chase and Shane Dowrich (30) put on 69 runs for the sixth wicket to steady the Windies after they were reeling on 113 for five at one stage.

Kuldeep ran through the top order, picking up three for 50, while Umesh claimed two for 60 and Ashwin bagged one.
14:13  India chip away at the wickets; WI 197-6 at tea:  


WI 197-6 (65 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Jadeja continues as Chase turns the third ball through square leg for two runs to close in on his half-century.

Umesh getting some reverse as the ball tails into the right-hander Jason Holder, who defends the first three balls before punching the fourth through the covers for a four to get off the mark.

Chase hits Jadeja through the off-side for one to take his score to 49. Holder looks to defend Jadeja but gets a thick inside edge for two runs to fine leg before he blocks the rest of the over.

Chase glances a full delivery from Umesh on the leg side for one to complete his half-century, from 81 balls.

He survives a huge shout for leg before off the last ball as Umesh gets the ball to come in sharply but it is slipping down the leg side.

Holder plays another beautiful shot, driving the last ball of the session, from Jadeja through the covers for a four.

At the tea break, West Indies are 197 for six in 65 overs, with Chase unbeaten on 50 and Holder on 10.
13:55  Umesh strikes; Windies 6 down:  


WI 182-6 (60 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Chase has looked quite comfortable against the spinners and has also scored at a good rate. Dowrich, at the other end, has grown in confidence after a watchful start and his footwork against the spin has been quite impressive.

He gives Jadeja the charge and lofts the left-arm spinner back over his head for a six.

With spinners not making an impression on a first day wicket not offering anything, Kohli brings in fast bowler Umesh in place of Ashwin.

Chase nudges the second ball to fine leg for a single before Dowrich tries to clip it across the line and is hit on the pads before the leg before appeal is turned down.

Captain Kohli after consulting the bowler and close in fielders decides to take the review.

The ball reverses in sharply as Dowrich, playing on the backfoot, was beaten trying to clip it on the leg side. And it turns to be a good review as the ball is going on to hit the stumps which means the decision is overturned.

Dowrich walks back for 30 as West Indies are reduced to 182 for six, in the 60th over.

Once again a wicket at the wrong time for the Windies as Chase and Dowrich were looking good during their 69-run stand for the sixth wicket.
13:40  Chase, Dowrich steady West Indies:  


WI 172-5 (56 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Dowrich also gaining in confidence as he slaps a full delivery from Ashwin through point for a four.

A change in the bowling as Jadeja comes in for Kuldeep, who has taken three for 50 in 18 overs.

Jadeja bowls a quick over, giving away just two singles.

In the next over, Dowrich gets a thick outside edge off Ashwin for two runs past the slip fielder before the right-hander plays out the rest of the over.

Chase and Dowrich keep the scoreboard ticking with regular singles which also helps them to rotate to steady the innings somewhat.

Chase drives Ashwin's full delivery through the off-side for two runs and then take one on the leg side.

The last ball is slightly short as Dowrich cuts it past point for a four as WI recover to 172 for five in 56 overs.
13:18  


WI 151-5 (49 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Jadeja has been erratic in this spell. Once again he drops short and also gives some width as Chase hammers it through the covers for a four. The next ball is on the stumps as the right-hander clips it on the leg side for two runs and then takes a single.

Chase looks in good touch and is getting the boundaries at a good rate. This time Kuldeep bowls on the pads as the right-hander turns it through the leg side for a four.

In the next over, Chase smacks Jadeja's wide half-volley through the covers for another boundary.

The runs are coming quite freely for West Indies. Kuldeep overpitches as Dowrich gets his front foot out and drives it through the covers for a four. The next ball comes in as Dowrich waits for it and clips it through midwicket for one before Chase also takes a single on the leg side followed by two more singles.

With Jadeja not making much of an impact, off-spinner Ashwin is called back into the attack. A single to Chase off the fourth ball helps West Indies bring up their 150, in the 48th over.
12:57  Shardul will not take the field today:  
Update on Shardul Thakur from BCCI:

Shardul Thakur has gone for scans. He will not take the field today. An update on his participation for the rest of the Test will be taken after looking at the scans and after being assessed by the team management.

12:56  Kuldeep leaves Windies in a mess:  


WI 125-5 (43 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Ravindra Jadeja comes back into the attack as he replaces Umesh. He rushes through the over as Chase is happy to play out a maiden over.

Shane Dowrich plays a nice shot to get off the mark, hitting Kuldeep straight down the ground for a four and defends the rest of the over.

Chase makes most of a leg side delivery from Jadeja as he swings the spinner over midwicket for a six.

Dowrich goes on the backfoot and punches Kuldeep through the off-side for two runs. The spinners adjusts his length as he bowls it fuller and Dowrich comes well forward to defend.

West Indies need a big partnership between the two and that can only be achieved by some sensible batting, not by reckless strokeplay.
12:46  Kuldeep picks 3rd wicket; WI 5 down:  


WI 113-5 (39 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Windies take a risky single as Chase taps the first ball from Umesh on the off-side and sets for the run. Kuldeep gets a direct hit from the off-side but Ambris has just managed to make his crease.

Ambris turn the fourth ball off his pads through square leg for a couple of runs before he takes one.

The last ball comes in sharply but Chase manages to clip it through the vacant square leg region for a four.

Ambris looks to turn Kuldeep on the leg side but gets a leading edge as he fails to pick the googly and gets one to mid-off and Chase gets a single off the next.

Ambris top edges the sweep off the last ball but it falls just short of Umesh at square leg as West Indies batsmen continue to struggle.

Umesh strays on the pads as Ambris glances it fine for a four and then keeps strike with one from the last ball.

Ambris looks to attack Kuldeep as he lofts the spinner over mid-on for a four. He tries another wild swing a few balls later but gets the leading edge and is caught on the off-side by Jadeja for 18.

That was another poor shot from the West Indies batsmen as Ambris tried to be aggressive and tried a cross batted swipe when the need of the hour was to show some patience and battle it out.
12:30  Kuldeep picks 2nd wicket; WI in trouble:  


WI 93-4 (35 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Umesh finishes his over after the lunch break as Sunil Ambris plays out the remaining deliveries. He had claimed a wicket with the third ball of the final over of the morning session after which the lunch break was taken.

Kuldeep, who bowled an impressive spell in the first session, from the other end.

Hetmyer defends the first four balls before he takes a single on the leg side and Ambris is beaten off the last ball by the googly.

In the next over, Hetmyer picks a single before Ambris clips the last ball through the leg side for a four to get off the mark.

Kuldeep strikes the first blow of the post-lunch session as he dismisses Hetmyer out leg before wicket for 12. The left-hander fails to pick the googly from the left-arm chinaman spinner as he offers no shot and is trapped leg before wicket as WI slip to 92 for four.

Roston Chase gets off the mark with a single to midwicket off Kuldeep's fifth ball.
11:37  Umesh dismisses Hope; WI 86-3 at lunch:  


WI 86-3 (31.3 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

The West Indies top order again failed to deliver as the visitors lost early wickets and were reduced to 86 for three at lunch on Day 1 of the second Test in Hyderabad.

Kieran Powell stroked his way to 22 before he was caught in the covers off Ravichandran Ashwin, before Kraigg Brathwaite was trapped leg before wicket by Kuldeep Yadav for 14.

Umesh Yadav claimed the wicket of Shai Hope with the final delivery of the morning session as the right-hander was dismissed leg before for 36.

For India, the only setback in the first session was debutant Shardul Thakur walking off with a groin injury after bowling just 10 deliveries.

Earlier, West Indies captain Jason Holder won the toss and elected to bat in the second and final Test as they chase a series-levelling victory.

The tourists, thumped inside three days by an innings and 272 runs in the Rajkot series-opener, made two changes with Holder returning from injury to replace Keemo Paul and spinner Jomel Warrican substituting Sherman Lewis.

India rested Mohammed Shami and handed a Test debut to fellow paceman Shardul Thakur in the lone change to their side.
11:32  Umesh dismisses Hope; WI 86-3 at lunch:  


WI 86-3 (31.3 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Hope using his feet well against the spinner as he drives Ashwin to the covers for one before Shimron Hetmyer defends the last two balls.

Hope reads the leg-spinner from Kuldeep as he plays it quite late, clipping it to deep midwicket for one.

Heytmer goes right back and looks to cut a short ball but is beaten as the ball stays a touch low. He then throws his bat at a wide delivery, miscuing it over the off-side for two runs.

Umesh comes into the attack as Ashwin gets a break after a superb first spell of 10 overs in which he conceded just seven runs, while bowling seven maidens and took the opening wicket.

Hope picks another single on the off-side before Hetmyer is beaten outside the off-stump as he plays a poke but he drills the last ball confidently through the covers for a four.

Hope has looked solid and keeps the scoreboard ticking with another single off Kuldeep in the next over.

Umesh drops short and also offers width as Hope flays the pacer through the point region for a four before he takes a single on the leg side.

India's over rate has been impressive and it is set to go up further as Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack, in place of Kuldeep, who took one for 21 in eight overs.

Hope taps the third ball to mid-on and attempts a quick run as Ashwin charges in and has a shy at the stumps but misses and ends up giving away five overthrows.

The next ball is short as Hetmyer rocks back and hammers it through the covers for a four.

Umesh drops short again as Hope gets on top of the ball and slaps it through the off-side for a four. The last ball jags in sharply as Hope is hit on the pads but the confident shout for leg before is turned down.

India take the review but the bounce saves Hope as the ball is just clipping the top of the stumps and the umpire's decision stands.

Jadeja slips down the leg side as Hetmyer attempts the sweep but misses as the ball clips the pads and goes fine for two leg byes.

Umesh to bowl the final over the session. Hope comes forward and drive a wide delivery from Umesh through the covers for a four.

The next ball comes in as Hope is hit on the pads and this time the umpire rules it out leg before wicket.

Hope has a chat with his partner before he decides to take the review. The ball has hit him in line as Hope shuffled across and it is going on to hit the stumps as West Indies lose another wicket at the stroke of lunch.

Hope walks back for 36 as West Indies are reduced to 86 for three at lunch on Day 1.
11:00  Brathwaite out for 14; WI lose 2nd wicket:  


WI 52-2 (23 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Some turn for Ashwin as Hope is hit on the pads but the leg before appeal is turned down as the off-spinner keeps things tight.

Brathwaite chips down the track and hits it straight back past the bowler for a single to mid-on.

Kuldeep then drops short as Hope pulls it powerfully for a four to bring up the fifty for West Indies in the 22nd over and then takes a single.

Brathwaite gets an edge which falls just short of Rahane at slip as the right-hander is beaten by the googly. The next ball turns in as Brathwaite plays down the wrong line and is hit on the pads, having failed to read the turn.

Brathwaite is struck on the backfoot right in front of the stumps but he still decides to review which is turned down.

That was beautifully set up by Kuldeep, googly followed by the conventional leg-spinner as Brathwaite was done in completely.
10:52  Ashwin strikes, WI lose first wicket:  


WI 45-1 (20 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

The spinners are rushing through the overs while also putting a lid on the scoring rate.

Ashwin breezes through his sixth over, conceding just two leg byes to Hope as he drifts it down the leg side.

Ashwin has bowled six overs so far, out of which five are maidens, while picking up a wicket.

A single each for Brathwaite and Hope in the next over bowled by Kuldeep, something which West Indies will want their batsmen to do more often against the spinners instead of taking unnecesary risks.

Hope plays a nice straight drive off Ashwin as Rahul cuts it off with a diving stop at mid-on to keep it down to one.

Kuldeep has also settled into a good rhythm as compared to the Rajkot Test when he went for plenty of runs in his first spell in the first innings. His length has been particularly impressive and much better so far in this game.

Ashwin continues to bowl with control as he sends down another maiden as West Indies reach 45 for one in 20 overs.


10:52  Ashwin strikes, WI lose first wicket:  


WI 45-1 (20 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

The spinners are rushing through the overs while also putting a lid on the scoring rate.

Ashwin breezes through his sixth over, conceding just two leg byes to Hope as he drifts it down the leg side.

Ashwin has bowled six overs so far, out of which five are maidens, while picking up a wicket.

A single each for Brathwaite and Hope in the next over bowled by Kuldeep, something which West Indies will want their batsmen to do more often against the spinners instead of taking unnecesary risks.

Hope plays a nice straight drive off Ashwin as Rahul cuts it off with a diving stop at mid-on to keep it down to one.

Kuldeep has also settled into a good rhythm as compared to the Rajkot Test when he went for plenty of runs in his first spell in the first innings. His length has been particularly impressive and much better so far in this game.

Ashwin continues to bowl with control as he sends down another maiden as West Indies reach 45 for one in 20 overs.


10:32  Ashwin strikes, WI lose first wicket:  


WI 40-1 (15 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Left-arm chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav comes into the attack, to bowl the 13th over, replacing Umesh after a six-over first spell.

Brathwaite picks a single from the second ball on the off-side before Hope plays a beautiful drive through the covers for a four to get off the mark in style.

Brathwaite content to play with caution early on as he plays out another maiden over from Ashwin.

Kuldeep gets Hope to edge the first ball of his second over but it falls short of the fielder at slip before he clips the next ball uppishly on the leg side for one.

Brathwaite takes another run before Hope drives the fifth ball straight but Ashwin at mid-off does well to save some runs and keep it down to one.

At the first drinks break, West Indies reach 40 for one in 15 overs, with Brathwaite on 12 from 48 balls and Hope on six from 12 balls.
10:20  Ashwin strikes, WI lose first wicket:  


WI 32-1 (12 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Powell again comes down the track but this time Ashwin does well to bowl it wide as the left-hander looks for the inside out lofted shot but ends up chipping a simple catch to Jadeja in the covers.

That was a poor shot from Powell, who looked good during his 30-ball 22, as West Indies again end up giving away an easy wicket, like they did in Rajkot.

New batsman Shai Hopes defends the remaining five balls as Ashwin sends down a wicket maiden.

10:12  West Indies off to a good start:  


WI 31-0 (10 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Ashwin strikes in his next over as he traps Powell leg before wicket for 16.  The left-hander immediately takes the review and rightly so as he had got a big inside edge before the ball hit his pads.

Powell chips down the track but Ashwin adjusts well and the left-hander can only defend it on the off-side.

Umesh bowls a tidy over to Brathwaite, who watchfully defends to give the pacer his first maiden over of the innings.

Powell again keen to run down to Ashwin as he clips the spinner on the leg side for one before Brathwaite again blocks the rest of the over.

Powell keeps the scoreboard moving as he continues to go for his shots. He throws his bat at a wide delivery from Umesh, but gets a thick outside edge which flies past the gully for a four.

Umesh then makes a good comeback as he sends down a quick yorker which Brathwaite does well to keep out.

An appeal for a catch down the leg side for Ashwin against Brathwaite is turned down. He is happy to defend and see off the new ball as he carefully plays out a maiden.

West Indies off to a good start as they reach 31 for one in 10 overs, with Powell on 21 and Brathwaite on 10.

They started off in quick fashion before India pulled back things, giving away just seven runs in six overs.
09:52  West Indies off to a quick start:  


WI 24-0 (4 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Powell punches a half-volley from Umesh past mid-off for a couple and then takes one two balls later.

Umesh settles into a good rhythm in his second over, keeping it on a good channel as Brathwaite can only defend the last three balls.

Powell steers the outswinger from Thakur past the gully fielder for a four. Two balls later, the left-hander throws his bat at a wide full delivery, smashing it through the covers for another boundary.

Thakur seems to have injured his leg and looks in some discomfort as the physio Patrick Farhat comes out to attend. The bowler has a chat with his captain and the physio before he walks off the field with injury in just his second over on his debut.

An early introduction for off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. He starts from round the wicket as Powell defends the first ball before he chips down and smashes the last ball over the bowler's head for another boundary.
09:40  West Indies elect to bat; Shardul replaces Shami:  


WI 9-0 (2 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Umesh Yadav to open the bowling for India. He starts with one down the leg side to Kraigg Brathwaite, who glances it fine to start off with a boundary.

The next ball is pitched up but this time on the off-stump as Brathwaite defends before he clips the fourth ball through square leg for another boundary.

The next two balls are wide outside the off-stump as Brathwaite has two easy leaves, as he starts off in confident fashion/.

Debutant Shardul Thakur from the other end. The first ball slants across left-hander Kieran Powell who offers no shot and does the same for the next two balls.

The fourth ball is on the stumps as Powell comes forward and drives it to mid-on before he clips the fifth ball to fine leg for one and Brathwaite defends the last ball.
09:07  West Indies elect to bat; Shardul replaces Shami:  
Check out the playing XIs of the two teams:

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (w/k), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur.

West Indies: Jason Holder (captain) Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich (w/k), Shimron Hetmyer, Devendra Bishoo, Shannon Gabriel, Sunil Ambris, Jomel Warrican.
09:05  West Indies elect to bat; Shardul replaces Shami:  
West Indies captain Jason Holder has won the toss and elected to bat in the second Test against India.

India have made one change as Mohammed Shami was given a rest and pacer Shardul Thakur was handed his Test debut.

Meanwhile, the visitors have made two changes as fit-again Holder comes back into the team along with Jomel Warrican, as they replace Keemo Paul and Sherman Lewis.
08:52  Confident India start as favourites against Windies:  
Welcome to the coverage of the second Test between India and West Indies in Hyderabad on Friday.

India, who won the series opener by a record margin of an innings and 272 runs, will once again start as the heavy favourites.

They are looking set for one change as pacer Shardul Thakur will make his Test debut. He was handed his Test cap during the warm up sessions ahead of the start of the game.

Meanwhile, India batted only once in Rajkot, amassing 649 for nine before declaring, and West Indies crumbled under the mountain of runs to lose inside three days.

For West Indies, captain Jason Holder's availability is still doubtful. He is still not 100 per cent fit and their only fast bowler of repute Shannon Gabriel is a doubtful starter for the encounter.

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

An area of concern for India will be vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane's form, who was touted as the best player in overseas conditions back in the 2013-2014 season when he scored 96 at Durban, 118 at Wellington, 103 at Lord's and 145 at Melbourne.

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

India's bowling coach Bharath Arun 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 Adelaide on December 6.

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